How to Create a Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece

Learn how to create a Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece for fall or for your Thanksgiving table. They’re easy and fun to create and the succulents can be transplanted after pumpkin season.  

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Happy Monday!

It’s always a happy Monday for me when I join my blogging friends

for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms!

You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.

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Pumpkin Season is my favorite season and I’m sharing a fun DIY in celebration,

Succulent-Topped Pumpkins!

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This project is easy and addictive and will have you returning to the garden center

or ordering more cuttings online to create these centerpieces

for your home or Thanksgiving table!

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I’ve seen these Succulent Pumpkins all over Pinterest for several years now and

 this project seemed a little intimidating as I didn’t have any experience with succulents.

I’m happy to say that this couldn’t be an easier project for a succulent novice!

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It does take a fair number of succulents for this project, but the good news is they will last

for months on your pumpkin and when it’s time to trade in your pumpkin

for boughs of holly in December, you can remove them from the moss

and transplant them in another container.

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To start this project you’ll need a pumpkin.

Choose one with a low stem or remove / cut your stem without damaging the pumpkin.

You’ll also need  some spaghnum moss or moss of choice.

Sphagnum moss will absorb and hold moisture and which will help cuttings root.

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You’ll also need some spray adhesive.

Spray the back of your moss with adhesive and place it on the top of your pumpkin,

lightly pressing down to help it adhere.

When you have the moss foundation attached the top of your pumpkin

you’re ready for the fun part, adding your succulents!

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I used a combination of succulents in pots I found at Lowe’s

and succulent cuttings I ordered online.

Using the cuttings is affordable as you can get a larger variety that way,

and are easy to attach as they don’t have any roots.

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To attach your succulents to your moss, you’ll need some glue.

I used a hot glue gun, but you could also use a clear gel craft glue.

Note: While the thought of using hot glue on the base or tip of a root cutting

seems cruel, succulents are very resilient and it will not harm them.

Apply a little glue on the base of the succulent to attach it to the moss, it doesn’t take much.

The advantage of using a hot glue over a craft glue is that it dries almost immediately.

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Start in the center of your pumpkin adding your taller succulents.

Audition them first, laying them out to see how you like your design before gluing them in.

You can leave some of the moss exposed or cover it completely

depending on how many succulents you have.

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To help fill in the space and to add some additional texture and interest,

I added a few pine cones and some acorns for a touch of fall to my gray pumpkin.

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When using pots of succulents, remove the dirt from the roots,

cutting away most of the root, while trying not to cringe. :)

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Place a small amount of glue on the end and press into place onto your moss,

making sure the little roots are covered or tucked out of sight

underneath some larger succulent leaves.

Note: If you have succulents that you can taking cuttings from, allow the ends to dry out

and callous over before adding them to your moss.

If you order cuttings online, by the time you receive them, the ends

will have already dried out and be ready to use.

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These mini tiger striped pumpkins are fun to create, requiring just a few cuttings!

You can make them in under 5 minutes and they

 would make cute place card holders for Thanksgiving or party favor!

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After your glue is dry and everything is set, give your creation a mist of water.

Repeat twice a week to moisten the moss and hydrate any new little roots.

  Succulents are more at risk from being over watered than under watered.

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Treat your Pumpkin Succulent Centerpiece like a houseplant:

Place it by a window or sheltered porch area with indirect/filtered sunlight.

Protect it from freezing temperatures if it’s in a sheltered outdoor area and

keep it away from blowing heat vents indoors,

that would cause temperature fluctuations.

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When you’re ready to retire your pumpkin for the season,

remove the moss layer of succulents and repot together or separate the plants

and pot individually using a Cactus / Succulent Soil Mix.

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Lola and Sophie says this is a dog gone easy project!

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Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

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  29 comments for “How to Create a Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece

  1. Barbara Zuleski
    October 5, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Delightful, we will be making these succulent pumpkins, on the weekend when our grandchildren visit.

  2. October 5, 2020 at 6:17 am

    These succulent pumpkins are truly dog gone gorgeous! I have admired these too over the years; however, never attempted to create one. This may be the year to do so as your succulent pumpkins are magnificent Mary! I so love how you added the pinecones and acorns….I can see a Christmas project coming. As always, you create a tutorial for us that is so easy to follow and an avenue to which to we obtain the supplies. Happy Fall Mary! I am certain that Lola and Sophie are enjoying this beautiful weather too! Loving the enjoyment of being with you and the ladies of the blooms today!

    • Clara
      October 5, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Mary, These are so cute! I could see them quickly becoming a favorite project. Adding the pine cones and acorns was so clever. Love that idea! Enjoy your week sweet friend and this wonderful fall weather. Wish fall could last 6 months of the year! Clara 🎃🍁❤️

  3. October 5, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Mary, I just adore the succulent centerpieces! The addition of pinecones and acorns give it all the autumn feels. This is a project I have been wanting to do, but have never gotten around to it. Your tutorial is so easy to follow, there is no excuse not to try. I could even see this as a project with EM, she loves to craft with her mommy. Using the mini pumpkins as place card holders or take away gifts is a lovely idea for a Thanksgiving Table. I am so glad the succulent pumpkins are Lola and Sophie approved. It is always a highlight to share Monday Morning Blooms with you, wishing you a beautiful day!

  4. October 5, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Mary, how unique and clever! I especially like the acorn and pinecone embellishments for fall.

  5. Ellen
    October 5, 2020 at 7:32 am

    YES!! Love succulents and this project!! I’m already trying to think of what else I can plant those cuties on or into!! Glad to know that hot glue will NOT harm them…thank you for sharing!!!

  6. October 5, 2020 at 9:21 am

    This is such a wonderful project, Mary, and I’m excited to try it. I just have to go and find a pretty pumpkin. I have some succulents that I’ll start cutting and drying and then pick up some more. Thanks for sharing! 🍁🍂🍁

  7. October 5, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Twins again, I bought my succulents last week, just waiting for Scott to finish my outdoor hutch and pumpkins are my morning craft! Yours are darling, who knew you could order roots online! I have seen so many ways to do them, the woman at the nursery told me to tuck dirt the moss first, so many methods, I guess I will find out soon enough! If I can master them wanted to make minis for garden club, I fear my fingers are too fat for tiny roots! so excited to get to play at the barn, its amazing how some new square footage can get your creative juices flowing, its been years since I just got to be a girl, playing with dishes and plants again, heavy sigh 😉

  8. franki parde
    October 5, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Earlier this summer I planted succulents in a concrete bird bath…they have flourished…THIS WAY, I can place them on a pumpkin…I just hated leaving them outdoors to the elements..thanx!! franki

  9. melody reed
    October 5, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Love the floral arrangements too!

  10. October 5, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Your pumpkins look great Mary! Very fall-ish:@)

  11. October 5, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Visiting your blog via Pam over at Everyday Living. Wow, this arrangement is truly gorgeous, Mary. I just love the month of October and could visualize this beauty on my own front porch. It’s something I will just have to try doing with my grandgirls.

    You mentioned allowing your succulent cuttings to dry out before planting. I’m curious as to how long this generally takes. If I cut a few of my succulents back this week, would it be ready for making this type of arrangement next week?

    Have a blessed day!

    • October 5, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Cindie, I don’t have succulents to take cuttings from (lucky you!) so I had to do a little research. It looks like 4 – 5 days is enough time for your cuttings to callus and the end to dry. Place them in a warm dry place out of direct sunlight while you’re waiting. Happy planting!

  12. Tracy
    October 5, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Love this Mary! Thanks for the tutorial and sources. I would have never guessed you could order succulent s from Amazon!

  13. October 5, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Wasn’t this fun! Looks like a fun project!
    I love how simple it was. Thank you for your beautiful tutorial.
    Have a happy week!

  14. Lisa Caldwell
    October 5, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    You make this look so easy Mary! I’ve admired these succulent pumpkins for years now and always assumed that had to be “planted”. Thanks for the details, I can’t wait to try this! Lisa

  15. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    October 5, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Mary, thank you for the great tutorial and the excellent photos. I am not a crafty person, but I’m pretty sure even I could get a good result. Thanks for the details.

    The girls are looking as beautiful as ever. Little Sophie looks so mature now! And Lola’s fluffy face! Such gorgeous girls.

  16. Cyndi Raines
    October 5, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    More wonderful ways to express our pumpkin love! 🍊🍂🍊🍂I have so many hens and chicks, wish we lived closer, I’d give you a flock of them, hehe. The girls are precious .♥️🐾

  17. October 6, 2020 at 8:15 am

    What a fun project Mary! And thanks for another great tutorial, it does sound like fun! I have never been a fan of succulents, I think growing up in California where there were so many of them I thought they were kind of ugly, but they definitely are hardy…you have me looking at them in a whole new way and I love them on those pretty pale pumpkins! Give Sophie and Lola a treat for me and enjoy those pretty pumpkins!

  18. KathyP
    October 6, 2020 at 8:30 am

    So pretty Mary! I especially love the pine cones and acorns mixed with the succulents!

  19. Liz
    October 6, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Wow those turned out fabulous! The moss really makes for a woodland feel on the pumpkins. Beautiful job!

  20. Rita C.
    October 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    You really never cease to amaze me, Mary. I would have never thought you could just stick those succulents on top of the pumpkin, let alone hot glue them! And WOW, do you really receive as many plants as pictured on that link from Amazon to purchase the succulents? If so, that’s a great deal! Unless succulents have come down in price tremendously, every time I’d go to Lowe’s (this has been a few years ago), they were really expensive for just tiny pots. These pumpkins really look great. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Bonnie Morgan
    October 8, 2020 at 11:47 am

    I apologize Mary! I am so behind. I’ve been traveling and am still in Texas with grands and we are so busy. I don’t get to see them often so I can’t have my head stuff in a device all the time.
    I love love your succulents on the pumpkin. I want to do this.

    • October 8, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      It’s so fun and easy Bonnie, you’ll love it! Enjoy your time with the grands and safe travels!❤️

  22. Linda
    October 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

    I just made these at a friend’s house and it was a fun and easy project. Love my succulent pumpkin! I have a yard full of all kinds of succulents and home grown pumpkins so I plan on making more. Thanks Mary for the post….I learned some tips that I can use when making more.

    • October 24, 2020 at 11:51 am

      Hi Linda, I’m so glad! How wonderful to have the succulents AND pumpkins home grown and ready to use! Happy Weekend ♥

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