DIY Succulent-Topped Pumpkins


If you're a DIYer, you know that sometimes projects turn out, and sometimes they don't. This succulent-topped pumpkin DIY not only turned out but may just be my favorite thing I've made all year. It combines pumpkins and succulents, after all -- what is not to love? I have quite a few succulents growing in my garden, so I was able to make this inexpensively. Even if you don't have your own succulents, you can keep the cost down by using a smaller pumpkin. The one pictured above is only about five inches in diameter.


You Need:
  • Pumpkin - Try to find the fairy tale shaped pumpkins with the flatter top
  • Succulents - Try to choose some that have rosette tops, but also find some with interesting leaves (like jade) and some that can drape over the edge, if possible.
  • Sphagnum Moss - Purchase at any nursery or home/garden store, like Lowe's
  • Spray Adhesive (Both pictured work)
  • Glue - I used Gorilla Glue because that's what I had, but I'm thinking any quick-drying glue would work, maybe even hot glue

Step 1: Spray the top of your clean, dry pumpkin with the spray adhesive. Press a layer of sphagnum moss. Let it dry, shake off the excess, then spray the layer of moss and press a second layer down. Do this a few more times until you have a good inch or two of moss.
Step 2: Choose the largest rosette you have. Trim the stem and glue it in the middle.
Step 3: Choose medium-sized rosettes and add them in sets of two, gluing them at the short stem
Step 4: Begin filling in with whatever other succulents you have. Use spare succulent leaves as filler. The key to this is to make it full! Care for your succulent-topped beauties by misting them once a week on top. Try not to get the pumpkin wet. These will keep throughout the fall season! If you keep them inside your home, be sure and give them some sunshine from time to time. At the end of the season, when the pumpkin starts to say good-bye, carefully cut the top portion off. Chances are that your succulents began to make roots in the moss! You can plant the piece and continue to enjoy your arrangement throughout the year. Isn't that fantastic? Do you think you'll be making a succulent-topped pumpkin to enjoy this fall season?




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