Hey guys. I have really been enjoying all the fall home tours on Instagram and on the decorating blogs. As for me, though, it’s been a slow process to get my head in the fall mood. I find that I am gravitating away from seasonal decorating. Rather I enjoy changing things up a bit here and there as I find things or as the mood strikes, no matter what the season. But in the spirit of the season (and to please my family) I did manage to transform a faux pumpkin into a planter so I thought I would share the process with you.
Here’s what I used for this project:
1 faux pumpkin
I started by drawing a circle freehand around the top of the pumpkin and then carved the top off just as if it were a real pumpkin. A utility knife would work best … I used a steak knife because, well, when inspiration hits, I used what is close at hand!
My faux pumpkin was full of styrofoam beads so I scraped out an area about the size of my plastic container. (That grey thing you see in the pumpkin is a weight. You can leave it in or take it out.)
Once I got the plastic container to sit flush with the top of the pumpkin, I planted my succulents. This is a great time to shop the garden clearance section at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I got this giant planter of succulents for just $5 (marked down from $35). There were still lots of them last week, so head on over and get yours!
I used 3 different varieties of succulents for my planter. It looked pretty good at that point, but I really liked how Chelsea used the moss around the edge to soften things up.
So a little bit of hot glue around the edge of the pumpkin was all that was needed to secure the reindeer moss.
I like that when the season is over, I can put the pumpkin away and plop the plastic container of succulents into a pretty vessel to enjoy year round.
PS. If you’d like to see last year’s faux pumpkin makeover, click here.