DIY Pumpkin Family Halloween Decor

This DIY pumpkin family is probably one of the most adorable tutorials we’ve had here at Lars. Just look at them! With painted faces and succulents as hair, you just can’t go wrong.

Scroll down to view the tutorial on how to make a pumpkin family of your own!

You’ll Need:

  • Light-colored pumpkins (white works best)
  • Acrylic paints (black, red, and white)
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Carving Knife
  • Pumpkin face template
  • Pencil
  • A variety of succulents
  • Rocks for succulents

In the spirit of my Halloween decorating philosophy (classic harvest season decorations are always a win!), I will be providing you a few tutorials on how to create a lovely Halloween. First up, a DIY pumpkin family. Are you dying from cuteness overload yet? I nearly did as we shot this. It’s too much. I teamed up with the succulent expert Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine (a blog all about succulents. She even has an ebook!) and illustrator of the most adorable faces, Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville to bring you the world’s cutest pumpkin family. Succulents as hair and a painted face. I die. AND, Michelle made you some templates so you can recreate her faces. You can find them in our Halloween shop here. Score!

DIY Pumpkin Family


  • Light-colored pumpkins (I found that white works the best)
  • Acrylic paints (black and red and white are all you really need)
  • Fine paintbrush
  • Carving knife
  • Pumpkin faces PDF template (download here)
  • Pencil
  • A variety of succulents
  • Rocks for succulents


  1. Carve out the top. You won’t need it so feel free to discard.
  2. Scoop out the seeds.
  3. You can trace the faces onto the pumpkin by positioning the template where you want the face and then pressing hard with a pen or pencil.

OR 4. You can use pins or toothpicks to transfer the image onto the pumpkin.

OR 5. Use the template as a stencil and cut it out and paint over it with your brush.

6. Paint in the lines with your acrylic paints.

7. Die of cuteness overload.

8. Put some rocks into the pumpkin and insert your succulents. Try a few in the head or just one larger succulent.
I mean…
Greenery AND pumpkins? I love it. Look at how adorable and colorful this pumpkin family is! You could also make this DIY pumpkin family resemble your own family! How cute would that be?
Dying of cuteness right? Your Halloween decor will definitely be the cutest on the block. Be sure to check out these succulent worded pumpkins or more ways to decorate pumpkins with succulents here.
Photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine
Illustration by Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville (check out her adorable shop!)
Assistant: Audrey Ellsworth
Art direction and crafting: moi


  1. Vou dar uma sugestão para que preparem um artigo falando sobre ostipos de suculentas.
    Pois existem mais de 22.000 especies no planeta! Com certeza os leitores de seu blog vão gostar de saber sobre:
    -Planta de jade ( crassula ovata)
    -Aloe Vera ( aloe vera)
    -Planta Panda ( kalanchoe tomentosa)
    Espero ter ajudado com essas dicas. Muito obrigado por compartilhar seus conhecimentos.


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