It’s still a bit early for real pumpkins although some places are starting to get them in. If you try to decorate with them, they may not make it through the fall, but using Faux Pumpkins will. This Succulent Pumpkin Planter Using A Faux Pumpkin And Succulents is perfect for this time of year.
How many have used these Dollar Tree Pumpkins? It’s hard to count how many creative ways they’ve been used.
Faux succulents are my thing
I have tried growing real succulents in the past and they lasted a while but I think I watered them too much, then not enough. I have never claimed to have a green thumb. Do you consider yourself with a green thumb?
Making this succulent pumpkin planter with a faux pumpkin and succulents worked out great.
I am considering trying a real pumpkin and plants closer to Thanksgiving. I’ll let you know how that works.
Choosing The Faux Pumpkin and Succulents
Faux pumpkins have grown increasingly popular in the past as many loves to decorate earlier and earlier for each season. You can find them in almost any shape and size, and even colors in any craft store, online, or my favorite place – Dollar Tree. They also have them in white and black this year but I made this before they came out.
These are cheap to use and experiment with and can be painted – but NO SPRAY PAINT. You will dissolve the pumpkin with this.
Most any other kind of craft or latex paint will work. It’s a great way to use up a little leftover paint. I had Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint on hand so that worked out well.
I was going with Clean Canvas, a great, pure white. A little hint when painting over bright or dark colors to white or a light color, paint a coat of gray on to act as a primer. This will cut down on the number of coats you will need. Just follow the manufacturers direction for you paint.
Faux succulents, just like pumpkins are easier, and cheaper to find these days. They come in such a variety of sizes and colors, it’s easy to find something to fit your project. Even small ones can be found at Dollar Tree.
This pumpkin can take a few more than you think, so if you don’t have any on hand, you might want to buy a few extra. You can always return them if you don’t need them.
Preparing Your Faux Pumpkin
This Styrofoam pumpkin is easy to cut just using a serrated knife. You might consider an electric knife or jigsaw for larger and thicker pumpkins.
The top wasn’t kept from this pumpkin but if you are using one with a realistic looking stem, keep it for future projects.
Draw a line around the pumpkin top. You can even use a jar for a precise circle but it won’t be showing.
Cut out your circle and you are ready to paint if you don’t want it orange.
It only took one coat of gray and one white to get a color I was happy with.
After drying between coats and thoroughly dried it was ready to fill with succulents.
I found using potting soil made it easier to arrange the succulents as opposed to a Styrofoam insert.
Arranging Your Succulents
Insert your succulents and arrange until you are happy with the layout. If you are trying a few different arrangements, snap a picture of each as you try them.
This was going on a table, so it needed to be arranged to be seen from all sides.
After you have all the succulents arranged, add moss to give it a more filled looked. You might have this on hand or pick it up at the craft store or Dollar Tree.
Making a Permanent Arrangement
If you want to keep this for next year, use a Styrofoam insert inside the pumpkin. You can use a craft glue like E6000 or a low temp glue gun to hold your succulents and moss in place.
Could You Use Fresh Plants or Flowers?
Yes you could. One of the easiest ways is to use Floral Styrofoam inside a vase or glass which fits into your pumpkin.
Cut a hole in your pumpkin which your glass container would fit then arrange the flowers. Add it to your pumpkin.
This would be a great centerpiece and you could easily change out the flowers as needed.
This turned out super cute! I don’t blame you for using fake ones – they are so hard to grow and harder to keep alive… haha (I’ve killed enough of them in my day).
I will buy a “real” one sometimes for the color or shape, but I use more of the fake ones – buying them on sale. Just have to be so careful using he real ones inside on furniture. Hope you follow me along.
I love succulents and this is an amazing idea for fall! 🙂
These succulents are the best – I can’t kill them. And they look so real. Hope you follow along for other ideas. Did you see the box I posted today?
robin rue says
What a fantastic idea. I love that you used a pumpkin as the planter. I think I am totally going to use your idea 🙂
Faux pumpkins are so great to use in so many ways. And not so messy.
Alli Smith says
I love those pumpkins from Dollar Tree! I have so many of them that I’ve painted. When I saw the top photo, I thought the succulents were real! I have some real ones and they are a pain to keep alive. I’m like you, I overwater and then underwater. I like your faux succulents much better!
I’m just not a plant person. I bought a Rosemary topiary yesterday. I just hope it survives til Christmas and I’ll be happy.
Amber Myers says
This is just so pretty! I need to see if I can make one. I bought something like this at Target, already made 😉
Good faux succulents are a little pricey. I use my coupons for them especially at Hobby Lobby, they never go on sale there.
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
Amazing job on that pumpkin! I have seen those pumpkins at Dollar Tree. Your finished product looks like you got it from home Goods! Amazing transformation.
Oh thank you. I just wish they would come out with a little different size or shape. These have been out for several years now.
Tomi C says
What a great idea. I’ve seen these pumpkins at Dollar Tree but never thought of re-purposing them as planters. Very creative. Thanks for sharing, I may just have to try this.
I love using these cheaper pumpkins so you can do so many different projects with them. And even repaint them next year.
What did we do before the Dollar Tree. Simple DIY to make and create. Have a living plants in the house is always a plus.
Oh I know. I pass it all the time. I especially pick things up for my TV segments.
OMG this came out SO cute! I absolutely love this idea and how it came out. Never would have thought of something so cute like this! I have to try it out!
Liz Mays says
Hey that turned out so pretty! Very cool idea! I need to get some succulents.
Claudia Krusch says
I love how this turned out. I will have to get the supplies I need to make one this weekend. I know the perfect spot to put it.
This is super cute! You did a great job. What an awesome piece for the Fall. Love it!
I love using it in different areas around the house, or porch.
What a cute idea! Plus the plastic pumpkin will last. I have a couple fake succulents and they look very realistic.
I really love this idea! I love pumpkins and anyway I can keep them out longer is a WIN in my book!
Kita Bryant says
That is such a cute idea! I still have time to make it for part of fall too!
My Teen Guide says
Wow. What a cute DIY project. I have real succulents in little pots. I think placing them beside a DIY project like this would be nice!Those plastic ones look just like my live ones!
I can keep these looking good, as opposed to do a real one.
Sandy N Vyjay says
Growing Succulents in plastic pumpkins is really an innovative idea. Love the end result. Looks so beautiful.
Lori Vachon says
What a fun project for fall decor. I love succulents, may just have to scope out the craft store this week.
Brandi H says
This is a great DIY. They really do look like live plants. Great fall project!
My idea of a houseplant is real looking – and plastic.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
This made me think of my Mom as she doesn’t have a green thumb either. It’s a very creative way to reuse the pumpkin.
Kippi at Home says
What a gorgeous fall arrangement using a budget-friendly pumpkin and succulents! I have to make one for our table.
I love succulents. This is a great fall craft. I’m going to make one for my outdoor patio.