Hey there, friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a fabulous weekend and are doing well.

It’s been a few years since I carved a pumpkin. Probably seven years to be precise. So when a blogger friend asked me to participate in Clinton Kelly’s 30-Minute Pumpkin Challenge I was a little nervous. (Oh, before I forget, you can find more pumpkin ideas over on Clinton Kelly’s site.) I didn’t have much time which made me a tad worried about coming up with an idea. People have done literally EVERYTHING imaginable with a pumpkin. Just search Pinterest. It’s insane.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Fortunately, the idea of planting succulents in a pumpkin to create a Succulent Pumpkin Planter came to mind. I thought this was an original idea, so I went with it. Later I discovered that it’s been done. I should have guessed. ANYWAY, new idea or not, I think the planter turned out amazingly cute and has just the right amount of spooky.

Now, before we get started, I must mention that as soon as you cut into a pumpkin, there’s clearly a limited amount of time you have to decorate with it. After about a week, it’s going to rot. You’ll want to keep that in mind. As cute as this is, it’s obviously most ideal for a Halloween party, a spooktackular weekend celebration, or something like that. However, you will see in my tutorial that I considered this, so it can be disassembled as quickly as it comes together.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

At any rate, it’s totally worth it.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Okay, ready? Let’s do it.

You will need:
Pumpkin (I really like the Cinderella type, but any variety will work.)
plastic bowl or container that will fit inside the pumpkin
succulents
reindeer moss
plastic spiders
sharp knife
glue (I used a hot glue gun.)

Begin by cutting a hole into the top of your pumpkin. Make it wide enough so you can fit a lot of succulents inside. (Yes, the inside of a green pumpkin is orange too. I don’t know. This really surprised me for reason.)

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Then, if necessary, insert a bowl or plastic container upside down into the pumpkin. This will give your plants a stable place to sit.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Start inserting your succulents. Keep your succulents in the plastic pots they came in. This will allow you to take the pumpkin planter apart because, as I mentioned above, the pumpkin will soon start to rot. After you disassemble your planter, you can then use your succulents somewhere else.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Tuck the potted succulents in really close to one another. The plastic pots bend easily so this is simple to do.

After all of your plants are in place, place some reindeer moss (I bought a big pack from Amazon a while back.) around the plants to hide the dirt and pots.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Your planter is now complete if you prefer a traditional look.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

However if you’d like, you can add a little spookiness to your pumpkin. That’s what I did. Just hot glue a couple glittery black spiders (purchased at Walmart) to the side of the pumpkin.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

Once I placed the pumpkin on my table, I added a few more spiders to make it look as if they were crawling toward and up into the pumpkin.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it! A Succulent Pumpkin Planter!

fall pumpkin centerpiece

I wish this could last forever and ever.

However if you’d like, you could use a realistic-looking funkin and essentially keep your planter all season long.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

As much as I love this pumpkin without the spiders, I like it even more with them. I’m not super into Halloween, but if I was, this would be my kind of decorating. Beautiful, but slightly unexpected and eerie.

Succulent Pumpkin Planter | Inspired by Charm

What do you think of my festive planter? Did I pass Clinton Kelly’s pumpkin challenge?

Inspired By Charm

And, since I know some of you will ask, you can learn how to make the Gold Dot Burlap Runner by clicking here. (It’s no sew and really simple to put together.)

DIY No Sew Burlap Table Runner | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

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Comments

  • Kim @ Sand & Sisal at

    Very pretty Michael! It makes a beautiful (and scary…. those spiders!) living centerpiece! It was fun participating in Clinton’s pumpkin challenge with you! 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Kim! I ADORE your pumpkin too!!

      xo Michael

  • TidyMom at

    Love it!! Great minds think alike. I did a succulent planter too. I love the addition of the spiders

  • karen at

    I love this, it is so pretty! Couldn’t you also use a fake pumpkin from Michael’s or JoAnn’s? I am going to make one this weekend! Thanks so much for the inspiration! karen….

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You totally could and I noted that somewhere in the post. HOWEVER, nothing beats the real thing. And, five days later, the pumpkin is still doing great!

      xo Michael

  • jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof at

    Well look at you rockstar coming through with a BANG!!!!! Love it and I knew you would come up with something fabulous ;). PS. you are cracking me up with the math equations at the bottom before I leave my comment.

  • Thistle at

    I am trying to remember what 3 + 8 is….LOL! Love the planter…..but the spider climbing up totally takes the cake (or should I say pumpkin pie)!

    Happy day to you rock star!
    karianne

  • Felicity at

    So great. Do you remember where you found the spiders?

    • Felicity at

      I should have read closer. I see they came from Walmart. I’ll be on the look out for some of my own.

  • Charleen at

    Michael, great job once again! You have inspired me to make my own. I may even attempt the runner. Its beautiful.

  • Elle at

    A perfectly eerie centerpiece for this spooktackular season! Well done.

  • Vanessa at

    OK that is totally awesome!! I absolutely love that it is beautiful with just the right touch of spooky. So fun being apart of this challenge with you! 🙂

  • Gary at

    I’ve also done this with mums, simply planting an appropriately sized mum inside an carved out pumpkin. When the usual rot begins to take over, it’s fine to just plop the whole thing, pumpkin and all into the garden. The rotting pumpkin acts as food for your mum once planted. This is a great, quick and inexpensive way to add decorative give-away centerpieces for autumn gatherings and socials.

  • Debra White at

    Love this!!! Its cute and so right for Halloween. The spiders add just the right touch. I’ve never seen a green pumpkin though. Where did you get it?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I believe they are called cinderella pumpkins. They seem to be more readily available these days. I got mine at a local greenhouse. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • margaret at

    Love it! Speaking of Pinterest, I’ve seen tips on making your carved pumpkins last by spraying the insides with a bleach mixture! Maybe that’s worth looking into. Happy Halloween, Michael! Thanks for all your charming inspirations!

  • JP at

    I’m so happy to have found you~your pumpkin is great. I will be looking forward to seeing your future posts!
    JP

  • kim@NewlyWoodwards at

    I loooooove this so much. And the spiders are just the perfect spooky touch. Awesome!

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