4 Ways to Make Succulent Pumpkins

It’s the season for adorning your home and porch with pumpkins! We’ve got the perfect tutorials for all you plant enthusiasts and lovers of Halloween, fall, Thanksgiving and beyond. These decorative succulent pumpkin how-tos allow you to get crafty and show off your artistic skills for the holidays while also doing something a little bit different than everyone else.

You’ll Need:

     1. A Pumpkin Family with Succulents and Squash

    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!

    Materials:

    • 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

    Instructions:

    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?
    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

    2. Succulents and flowers on pumpkins and squash

    I also thought it’d be fun to add some succulents onto some pumpkins as if they were flower petals or a mandala. Super easy yet lovely. We’ve been thinking about many ways to decorate pumpkins with succulents, and this one is fun for all ages!

    Materials:

    • Pumpkins (light-colored work best)
    • Succulents in various shades
    • Glue gun

    Instructions:

    1.  Break off the succulents carefully at the very base of where they meet the trunk.
    2. Apply hot glue onto the pumpkin and then apply the succulent. I found that when you applied it onto the succulent, it’s more prone to fall off.
    DONZO.
    You know that I’m more comfortable working with paper and fabric than succulents! But I do love greenery, and these tutorials are a great way to work with plants, even if you’re not an experienced gardener. This tutorial is especially perfect if you have succulents around the house that are falling apart. Don’t let those beauties go to waste! Use the leaves to decorate a pumpkin!

    Photography by Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine 

    3. DIY Words made from Succulents Pumpkins

    Here’s the third of four projects that Cassidy and I collaborated on. She made these adorable pumpkins spelling the words “BOO” written in succulents.
    This DIY is pretty easy, and it doesn’t require many materials! We stacked the pumpkins in this tutorial, but you can always place them next to each other to spell out whatever phrase your Halloween decor calls for. Gah! Stacking pumpkins is harder than it looks!

    Materials:

    • Succulent Cuttings
    • Pumpkins (live or fake!)
    • Hot glue or floral glue
    • Toothpicks
    • Permanent marker

    Instructions:

    1. If you’re opting to stack your pumpkins, I applaud you! The first step is to stack the pumpkins how you want them displayed
    2. Use a permanent marker to trace the letters on your pumpkins (we decided “BOO” was a cute and easy phrase!)
    3. Attach the succulent cuttings to the pumpkins with hot glue, floral glue, or toothpicks. Cassidy decided that toothpicks work best for larger succulent cuttings. According to Cassidy, floral glue also works very well when working with succulents!
    4. If you decide to use the toothpick method, stick the toothpick into the pumpkin, leaving about 1/2″ sticking out. Then take your succulent cutting and stick it on the toothpick. Voila!

    Get the full scoop on how to do it and pictures of the process on her blog, Succulents and Sunshine. Let me know in the comments what you chose for your phrase and how your own succulent worded pumpkins turned out!

    These worded succulent pumpkins will surely turn heads of passersby. And as if these worded pumpkins are not cute enough…

    BAM! Dogs make everything 15 times cuter.

    4. DIY Succulent Monogram Pumpkin

    These succulent monogram pumpkins are the final project in my collab with Cassidy of Succulents and Sunshine. This was my first time working with succulents and I have to say that I love the little fellers. They’re so perky and sweet. But leave it to me to find a way to kill a couple suckers. Gah! That’s why I work with paper flowers.
    Cassidy made this monogram succulent pumpkin. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to make your own! Trust me, even if you’re not great with plants, it’s still such a fun tutorial and offers a twist on classic Halloween decor. If you’re looking for an easy way to amp up your holiday decorations, this is it!

    Materials:

    • Succulent Cuttings
    • A pumpkin (live or fake!)
    • Hot glue gun or floral glue
    • Marker (for tracing initials on the pumpkin)

    Instructions:

    1. Use the marker to draw an outline of your letter on the pumpkin
    2. Glue small succulents onto the marker line
    3. Cover the rest of the pumpkin with succulents of your choice!
    Pretty simple, right? Head on over to Cassidy’s blog to check out the full instructions with pictures of the process. She even suggests which succulents to use for placing your pumpkin outdoors in freezing temperatures!

    Succulent Pumpkin Variations

    If you’re not that great at handling live plants, you could use fake succulents and a fake pumpkin to save it for future holidays. If you love succulents AND flowers, check out some of our paper flower tutorials here and here (with many more tutorials throughout the Lars archives!) to position flowers between your succulents. Place your succulent monogram pumpkins on your doorstep or inside your home for a stylish, succulent-filled Halloween!

    Need more Halloween pumpkin inspiration? Take a look at a Lars favorite, these DIY Rainbow Pumpkins! Add more pumpkins to your monogram succulent decor with a DIY Rainbow Pumpkin Arch.  Use your pumpkins to decorate for a Halloween dinner party, or display them to get into the Halloween spirit!

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