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.
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.
At any rate, it’s totally worth it.
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
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.)
Then, if necessary, insert a bowl or plastic container upside down into the pumpkin. This will give your plants a stable place to sit.
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.
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.
Your planter is now complete if you prefer a traditional look.
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.
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.
And that’s it! A Succulent Pumpkin Planter!
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.
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.
What do you think of my festive planter? Did I pass Clinton Kelly’s pumpkin challenge?
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.)