Pumpkin Patch Car and spider web decals

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Add Spider web decals to your carHave you all gone to the pumpkin patch yet? Fall isn’t complete without a trip to pick pumpkins! I love to scatter a few out on my front porch to ring in the season and welcome me when I get home from work. But what about when I’m not a home? If you’re like me, you probably spend the majority or a large part of your day in your car! Crazy as it may seem, my car is like an extension of my home. I’ve always got a change of clothes, some packages, snacks, water bottles, you name it, and I’ve got it!

With that being said, we decided to partner up with Esurance to give our cars a personalized touch for the Halloween season! If homes deserve to be decorated, why shouldn’t your car? A pumpkin patch atop your car complete with cobwebs in the windows is the perfect way to make memories wherever life takes you this spooky season. So instead of piling your pumpkins in the trunk as you leave the patch, take a cue from Christmas trees and throw them on the roof! It’s sure to bring a smile to every passing car! Another bonus? This is the easiest way to deck your car for a trunk-or-treat!

Check out the full DIY to make your own Pumpkin Patch car and get the cobweb templates below!

Vanilla Bean Skull Cake for Halloween

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This. Is. Edible! It’s a skull, but it’s a cake. It’s a skull cake! I love the vanitas still life it created for our Halloween party. It acts as decor AND deliciousness. And let me tell you, this recipe is tasty! Just add some greenery (and fruits to continue the vanitas theme), and you’ve got a gorgeous centerpiece.
Also, I had to do it:

Here’s the full dinner table for the party in all of its spooky glory. There are a number of decoration ideas and recipes. You might die (muhahah! pun shamelessly intended) with all the delicious gorgeousness.

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Floral styling by Sarah Winward
Props from Mary Lee
Cake by ME Hammond
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See the recipe and instructions below.

Vanilla bean skull cake

Materials:

  • We used a skull mold from Wilton (you can find a similar option here)
  • 3 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 1/2 c. whole milk

For glaze:

  • 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare the skull cake pan by thoroughly spraying the pan with non-stick spray and lightly flouring
  3. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Slowly add eggs, vanilla extract, and vanilla beans
  5. Combine dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl
  6. Add dry ingredients and milk, alternating approximately 1/3 at a time beginning and ending with dry ingredients
  7. Once the batter is mixed, place it in the prepared skull cake pan
  8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  9. Allow cakes to cool for about 30 minutes until the cake is only slightly warm
  10. Unmold the cakes from the skull pan
  11. Allow cake to completely cool. Cut the tops of the cakes to be even and place the cakes back to back to create the 3D skull
  12. Glaze cake and allow glaze to harden before serving
  13. Voila! You have a scary skull cake!
We’ve had so much fun with the tortured artist party, and this skull cake recipe really hits the sweet (and spooky!) spot. You can view details of the tortured artist party here, as well as the full menu here. See more Halloween ideas in our Halloween archives!

Group Halloween Costumes

Group Halloween Costumes Idea

When coming up with a group Halloween costume idea, it’s good to think of items or people that can be repeated easily. There’s nothing more repeatable than Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans. We did it for our Team–a four person Halloween costume–but it could even be for three or more!

In his art, Warhol explored the themes of commodities and every day items by repeating it over and over in his work and glorifying it. Never one to escape an art history reference, we jumped on it and turned art into a crafty DIY costume that doesn’t require too much time.

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How to make the 4 person soup can group Halloween costumes

We thought of various ways we could have engineered the costumes–do we make them actually round (so we can fit through a door?!) or do we make it easy on us and do sandwich boards? We had a ton of cardboard boxes so yes, we made it easy on us and thus, easy on you!

Here’s Gwen, our designer/maker

Accessories for the group Halloween costumes

The sandwich boards would have been one simple thing but we had to add on some cute accessories to glam it up like easy open can toppers as a fascinator hat on top. Obviously! I know, I know, can didn’t have the easy can opening at the time the painting was released, but it just needed a little something extra you know?!

A colorful costume also required color blocked basics underneath. We used clothes we already in various colors and then united in colorful Converse high tops for the icing on the cake.

Let’s not forget the colorful wigs. They are essential! They made the costume!Jane Merrit Link Halloween costume Andy Warhol soup can

Here’s Jane our photographer

Hailey Heath Halloween costume soup can Andy Warhol

Here’s Hailey, our project manager

Andy Warhol Soup Can Group Costume Instructions

Our group Halloween costume can be made in the following way:

Materials (links above)

Quantities: Each costume requires two cans, one for the front and one for the back. You can either make two identical cans for each costume or contrasting cans for a reversible look. Whichever you choose, make two cans for each costume.

Soup can group costume intructions

How to make an Andy Warhol soup can costume

To Make the posters

  1. Download our soup label SVG and can template from the shop.
  2. For each can, cut out 2 rectangles of cardboard that are 2 by 3 feet each.
  3. Trace the can template on each rectangle of cardboard. Then add the curved line for the middle of the label, a circle in the middle, and an ellipse for the can top.
  4. Use your cutting machine to cut out your the label letters and stars. Make sure that you assign your intended colors to each piece of lettering! Most cutting machines can sort the shapes by color, which makes your cutting job a lot easier.
  5. While your cutting machine is whirring away, paint the colorful cans.
  6. For details on the can top and bottom, use big gestural strokes and squeeze paint directly out of the tube in big swooping lines. Let the paint dry.
  7. Arrange your letters on the can as pictured.
  8. With a glue gun, glue all the letters in place.

 

Make the soup can costume body

Now you have two big painted posters on cardboard, and your costume’s almost finished! Here’s how to turn your posters into a costume.

  1. Cut 2 strips of ribbon that are 2 inches wide. Depending on the size of the person who will be wearing the costume you can make the strips from 12″ to 18″ long.
  2. Glue the strips to the back of each poster to connect them. Let the glue harden, then wear with pride! You may need to attach with duct tape.4 person group costume

Make a can lid fascinator

We decided to dress up our Andy Warhol pop art costumes with a metallic can lid fascinator. Here’s how you make it!

  1. Use your Cricut or other cutting machine to cut out two pull tabs in silver construction paper.
  2. Glue the two pull tab cutouts together with the shiny side out.
  3. Attach the bottom of the pull tab to the silver plate with hot glue.
  4. Fold the pull tab up so that it rests at an angle.
  5. Glue a hair clip to the bottom of the paper plate. Once the glue cures you’re good to go!

Colorful Bob Wigs

We used these wigs to complete the costume

Pink Bob Wig  |  Purple bob wig  |  Green bob wig  |  Blue bob wig

Other posts you might like

If you liked this group costume you might also be interested in our rainbow ghost group costume.

You might also be interested in our Andy Warhol Great Artist course over at The School That Lars Built 

Jimmy Fallon and the Roots costumes

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A few weeks ago I had a dream that I was Jimmy Fallon’s intern on The Tonight Show and I thought it would be a good idea to spend work hours making a stop motion video about it (see here). To sum up a very odd dream, I pretty much got fired from the job because I wouldn’t hold his baby properly. Rats! We decided we needed to make our intern dreams a reality by making a series of costumes for Halloween based on his show, my former “co-workers” if you will, starting with Jimmy and the Roots, the legendary band who performs on the show. Luckily, these adorable ladies were game to step in on the sax, drum, and clarinet/piano to accompany Little Jimmy (complete with a bandage on his fingers. Jimmy Fans, you know what I’m talking about). ROOTS-COSTUMES-FOR-HALLOWEEN-PLAYING-INSTRUMENTS THE-ROOTS-HALLOWEEN-COSTUME

See the rest of the photos and shop the costume below!

Peanut butter pretzel candies

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How was your Halloween?! I have a genuine love-hate relationship with Halloween. On the one hand, cute costumes are right up my alley, I adore any opportunity to hang out with old friends and party, and I barely need any excuse to hit the kitchen and bake, but I totally welcome one. The slightly embarrassing flipside of this is that I am a total wuss when it comes to anything scary, spooky or even slightly creepy.

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Recipe and photos by contributor Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit

6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween while Social Distancing

Have you heard about the Ohio dad who invented a candy chute for a contactless way to get candy right into kid’s trick or treating buckets this year? I love it! Since then I’ve heard talk of slingshots, catapults, and some even crazier ideas on how to make trick or treating happen this October. Not gonna lie, my wheels have been turning too. We have made it this long adjusting our daily lives for this virus, and now as we are about to hit all the major holidays I can’t help but wonder how many traditions will need to be thrown out the window this year. Of course I am willing to do whatever is needed, and there are much bigger things to worry about. But I am grateful for the joy and hope that the holidays bring every year, and I am determined to not miss out on at least that part of the celebrations!

One major thing I am looking forward to is, this year, the holidays will be more about family time than ever! No extravagant parties needed, I am looking forward to making the next few months just as exciting and fun with just my own household! My “quarantine crew” and I can still party hard. And at the very least, more leftover candy for me this year 😉

If you’re hoping to make this Halloween something special, we’ve put together some amazing ideas you can throw together with your family. And even friends with some proper social distancing! All you need to get started is a printer and some scissors.

How to celebrate Halloween while social distancing this year

1. Throw a socially-distant Halloween party

We’ve all missed out on lots of family and friend get-togethers this year. (Cross your fingers we’ll be back to normal by next Halloween!) Luckily, weather permitting, you can still have a fun outdoor Halloween Party if you’re creative (and we’re betting you definitely are if you’re reading this blog!) Even if you are sticking with just your immediate family members this year, go all out! Slip an invite under everyone’s door see whose costume impresses even your teenager. Halloween while social distancing can still be as festive as ever.

Print off our ghoulish Halloween Invitations and customize them so everyone knows the lowdown (masks a must!) Decorate your trees with our fall garland (or maybe your trees are cloaked in fall colors already and don’t need any decoration). Add some twinkle lights to the trees and bushes for a bit of warmth.

2. Eat a spooky (but tasty!) Halloween feast with family

Remember our Halloween Feast? You can throw one with your immediate family. Use our Halloween Menu Printable to get started. These printable placecards can make each setting special, and complete it with that family member’s favorite candy!

3. Put on a Halloween Parade

Need a fun way to celebrate Halloween with your friends, but don’t want to get too close? How about a Halloween Parade in the neighborhood? Use any of our free costume ideas, including these easy iron-ons you can combine with items you probably have sitting around the house. I’d argue that the best part about Halloween right now is you can do it all while wearing a mask 😉

4. Host a Halloween movie night

Don’t have the energy or time for a party? Plan for a night in with your family, but make it memorable. If you’re getting tired of rewatching Hocus Pocus every year (if that’s possible) this could be a fun time to pull out a classic scary movie. The Birds, anyone? Eat out of our Halloween Candy Gift Boxes (you can fill them with popcorn, too!) After all, this is the year to trick or treat yo’self!

5. Incorporate costumes into your at home learning

For most of us this school year has become a modge-podge of online classes and homeschooling. If you’re already losing your motivation to keep at home learning going, don’t worry. If you don’t know what you’ll do when cold weather means you can’t keep ushering the kids outside for “nature class” – now is the perfect time to mix it up! One of my favorite ways to make learning super memorable is to have students dress up as the famous people they are studying!

This happens in our Great Artists! kid’s course a bunch. Some of the daily activities include recreating famous art pieces in person, not just on paper! We also did this when we dresses up as famous artists themselves for Halloween one year. Mix Halloween traditions in with your at-home learning by challenging your kids to dress up as someone they are learning about. Print off these placemats, make a yummy Halloween themed meal, and see what figure from history shows up to the breakfast table!

Plus for your younger children, they can join in on the fun too by dressing up as their favorite picture books! See what I mean here and here.

6. Hold a Halloween porch decorating contest

There’s nothing wrong with a little contest! In fact, since most sporting events got cancelled, I think we need a dose of healthy competition in our lives. You know we love to deck out our porches come Halloween. Use one of our printable designs to elevate your porch above the rest. 

If you’re not sure how you will celebrate Halloween while social distancing this year, don’t be too hard on yourself! Everything about 2020 has been different than we thought it would. However, taking part in beloved traditions like celebrating Halloween can help!

Click here to check out all of our printable Halloween resources, including the full Halloween Party Suite for a discounted price!

 

DIY animal headwraps Part 1

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Are you ready for some cute?! K, I realize it’s the day before Halloween but there’s got to be someone who works like me and saves projects for the last minute, right? Anyone? You’re probably much more prepared than me. BUT, if you’re in a pinch and need some aid, consider this your go-to guide for a cute and simple costume. Remember the Easter bunny ears I made earlier this year? It’s basically a twisty headwrap where you change the points. Ever since then I’ve been wanting to make a whole slew of animals and saved the idea for Halloween. This project can be applied to basically any animal with ears. But really, they’d be great all year round, doncha think?
To make the headwraps, you can find the pattern and instructions HERE.
My favorite favorite is the giraffe. I mean, it’s all about those ears, ’bout those ears, right?!
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Giraffe ears twisty headwrap and costume

Giraffe costume get the look:
Top from Gap Kids (and it’s on sale!)
Bottoms from Target

Horse ears twisty headwrap
Horse ears twisty headwrap

Horse costume get the look:
Top from Gap (on sale!)
Bottoms from Gap 

Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap
Mouse ears twisty headwrap

Mouse costume get the look:
Tunic from Wunway
Leggings from Wunway

Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap
Panda ears twisty headwrap

Panda Costume get the look:
Black and white baseball tee from Amazon
Black leggings from Target

Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap
Pig ears twisty headwrap

Pig costume get the look:
Dress from Gap
Pink tights from Wunway

Photography by Trisha Zemp
Make up by Victoria Riza
Crafting by Brittany Jepsen
Thank you to our wonderful models M and E! 

Stay tuned for part 2 of the headwraps series! 

This post was brought to you in part by Wunway, one of my favorite shops for kids!

7 Artsy and Iconic Halloween Costume Ideas

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Halloween costume ideas using clothes from your closet

Dress up like Iris Apfel

Halloween costume ideas

In my daydreams, “accidental” fashion icon Iris Apfel is my style inspiration for my every day outfits. However, recreating her overly accessorized looks takes a particularly bold soul. Which means Halloween is the perfect opportunity to let loose and embrace your high fashion dreams for a day. Pull the most colorful items from your closet, add some rounded glasses and bangles galore and this year’s costume will be as iconic as Iris herself! Check our more style tips inspired by Iris Apfel here.

 

Image sources here and here.

Dress up like a Wes Anderson Character

Halloween costume ideas

After compiling a list of our 50 favorite creative and inspiring movies, we have been on quite the Wes Anderson binge. We’ve seen Fantastic Mr. Fox costumes done before, and love it every time! In fact, Wes inspired costumes have won our costume contests multiple years in a row. But we have found just the items you need to make this year’s Halloween look feel like it came straight of the film set and right into the costume party. Check out a few of the picks below, and head to this post to see full costume picks organized by all your favorite Wes Anderson movies!

 

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Dress up like Frida Kahlo

Halloween costume ideas

It doesn’t get much classier than dressing up as a famous artist for Halloween. And Frida Kahlo is famous enough everyone at the party *should* get your costume right away! You can grab a friend and dress up as one of her most iconic paintings – Las Dos Fridas, like we did a few years ago! Or go solo and dress up as regular Frida herself in a variety of way, check out the styles below to get started. Once you have found the perfect outfit, check out our video tutorial on how to do your face makeup just like Frida here and see how to make a floral headpiece to complete your look! And for the complete guide to all things Frida Kahlo, head here.

 

Image sources here and here.

Dress up like the Royal Family

(Or a guest to the Royal Wedding!)

Halloween costume ideas

You know how much I loved the Royal Weddings. If you don’t, this post will enlighten you (hint: I will jump at any opportunity to wear a fun hat.) This Halloween, take a note from the Queen’s book and think royal. Choose one of the , or make your own with paper with this tutorial! *Bonus points for dressing up as the Queen herself* Find more fashion inspired by the royal family here.

 

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Dress up like Audrey Hepburn

Halloween costume ideas

Grab your LBD, add a few iconic accessories, and bam you have a costume you’ll never want to take off! Audrey’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s look with her long black cigarette holder and black gloves definitely makes for the most iconic costume. But you can also test your friends’ classic movie knowledge with one of her other character’s outfits. Like an oversized white sleeping shirt, with slippers and this sleeping eye mask? Yes, another Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic! You could even put a twist on our sleeping mask tutorial and make your own! Or a look inspired by my person favorite of Audrey’s films – Roman Holiday. Bonus points if you can ride up to your costume contest on the back of a vespa!

 

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Dress up like Andy Warhol

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This is just one of our Halloween costume ideas straight from our Great Artists! course. Dress up as the King of Pop (art) himself – Andy Warhol! In the course you can find our tutorial on how to make your own DIY black and white striped shirt, plus a printable version of his glasses to complete your costume. Or for another idea, try dressing up like one of his paintings! I’m picturing face paint in one of the color schemes above.

 

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Dress up like The Sound of Music

Halloween costume ideas

The hills are alive with the sound of … you being announced as the winner of this year’s costume content! Ever since my Sound of Music tour I have been wanting to make this idea happen. This Maria costume is so unique, and easy to put together with a striped apron and wide brimmed straw hat. Consider tucking up your hair under the hat for the hairstyle only Julie Andrews (and now you!) can pull off. This even makes for a great group costume idea! If you can convince your family to wear lederhosen made out of the curtains that is.

 

Images sources here and here.

We want to see and share your Halloween costume ideas! Share them with #larshalloween and tag us so we can see! For even more unique costume ideas click here

DIY Ghost Tablecloth for Halloween

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We’re on our very last tutorial from the Tortured Artist party, and this one is my favorite! This DIY ghost tablecloth tutorial is creepy and ghoulish and everything in between. Imagine eating a pleasant Halloween feast when all of a sudden you notice that the cheesecloth you think is artistically bunched up is actually a face. Muhahaha. We used cheesecloth bunched together as a table runner and inserted the faces along in the grooves. Perfectly spooky, right?!
Cheesecloth ghost table runner
Cheesecloth ghost table runner

Photography by Alpha Smoot
Crafting by Carli Randolf
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

DIY ghost tablecloth tutorial

Materials:

  • Face form
  • Cheesecloth
  • Corn starch
  • Water

Instructions:

1. Make starch. Pour 2 cups of water into a microwave-safe container. Add 1 cup of corn starch. Mix well.

2. Microwave it in 30 second installments until it gets thick. Will take about 2 minutes long. Let it cool, but not get cold.

3. Coat your piece of cheesecloth (I recommend doubling it to make it stronger) in the cornstarch.

4. Drape the cheesecloth over your face form making sure to give detail to the face part. Really work your fingers into the facial expression. We used a mannequin head but you can find face forms at Michael’s or Joann. Put freezer paper underneath so it makes it easy to pull off.

5. We alternated between using a hairdryer and letting it air dry. It makes it easy to pull it off the surface.

6. When it’s completely dry, use a butter knife to separate the layers.

7. Create a table runner on your table by bunching up layers cheesecloth. Insert your faces in the bunches. Each face was ended up being about a 12″ square.

Add some candles and greenery to your table for the finishing touch. Muhahahaha. Check out the full spread at our tortured artist party here, and view the tortured artist costumes here.

More decor ideas for Halloween

If this DIY ghost tablecloth grabbed your attention, you can browse through MORE Halloween decor ideas in the Lars archives. Our favorites include this DIY rainbow pumpkin arch, these DIY wood transfer plaques, and creepy printable art decor to match your equally spooky ghost tablecloth. You can also check out more Halloween decor inspiration on our Pinterest board here.

DIY Pumpkin Balloon Arch Backdrop

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Pumpkin Balloon Arch Backdrop

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DIY Vampire teeth garland

DIY vampire teeth garland

DIY vampire teeth garlandOur building needed some sprucing up for Halloween, but with all the creating we do, the only time I have for pure unadulterated brainstorming is in the car (and ahem, shower!). The dentist I’ve been going to is up in Salt Lake City, a 45 minute drive,  and since I’ve had so many cavities (finally my chocolate covered cinnamon bear intake is catching up with me) recently, that means I’ve also had lots of brainstorming time. Clearly, any trip to the dentist reminds you of your mortality and your teeth. So yes, canines were on my mind. I came up with a vampire teeth garland. Muhahaha.

4 Ways to Make Succulent Pumpkins

 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!