October 24, 2018

Succulent-Pumpkin Holiday Craft

Step-by-step guide in making a succulent pumpkin for fall festivities (P.S. it’s easier than it looks!).

Hi everyone, I know I’m a little late in the game on posting a fall décor craft how-to, but I think pumpkins are still acceptable through November, right?

I went over to my friend’s house for a girls’ night, and she set up this darling pumpkin craft with succulents for us all, and we had a BLAST making them (not to mention they are insanely cute!).

Not going to lie, I was a little intimidated at first... I am NOT a crafter by any means, so when I saw this set-up, I thought we’d be laboring over these pumpkins for hours, but in reality, we were done in about 20 minutes!

This craft is deceivingly easy and fast, and in my opinion, much more fun (and less messy) than pumpkin carving.

Here’s what you’ll need to get going:

-          One pumpkin with a flat(ish) top. This will not work as well on a rounder pumpkin, so go for the wide ones that are a bit on the concave side. We used heirloom pumpkins from Whole Foods and the one pictured here is called a Cinderella pumpkin (never heard of one before, but now I’m a big fan!)

-         2-4 mini succulents

-         1 can of spray glue

-         1 bag of moss

-         1 bag of mini acorns and pine cones

All of the materials I used were real, but I’m sure you can make a dupe with fake succulents and pumpkins to store and use year after year! I’m sure you can also get all of the above materials at your local home improvement store if you don’t want to wait on deliveries.

I had so much fun making this, I totally failed in taking step-by-step pics, but thankfully, the craft is very simple and easy to explain:

1. Pick apart the moss and spray some glue on the underside to secure to the top of the pumpkin. Your moss area can be as large or as small as you’d like (the average for us girls was about 3-4 inches across). Be very liberal with the glue! You’ll want to really make it all stick.

2. Choose your mini succulents and break off about ¾’s of the soil/roots. Spray lots of glue on the bottom and arrange these in the center of your moss area. I used 3 mini succulents in mine and kept them fairly close together (they were also more secure this way).

3. Grab a few acorns and pine cones and glue them down on the moss around your succulents. Get creative with your arrangement – you can use as many or as few of these as you want, though I did find that less was more (I went a little pine cone-crazy and wound up removing a few!)

That’s it! Easy, right? If a non-crafty person like me can do it, anyone can! I’ll definitely be adding this one to my annual fall preparations and traditions.

Lisa is excited to try her own succulent pumpkin soon, and she IS a crafty person with a really creative eye, so I can’t wait to see what she comes up with! (No pressure, Lisa! LOL)

Any questions or ideas on this tutorial? Leave us a comment below! Happy Fall, y’all!

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