DIY Succulent Pumpkin Planter

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.

Chelsea at Stylemutthome.com provided the inspiration.  You can see her version here.

Here’s what I used for this project:

1 faux pumpkin

succulents

plastic container

soil

reindeer moss

glue gun

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!

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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.)

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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!

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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.

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So a little bit of hot glue around the edge of the pumpkin was all that was needed to secure the reindeer moss.

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 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.

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The plaid candle (pumpkin and nutmeg scent)  and checked dish towel are from Target.

Happy Fall!

Debra

PS. If you’d like to see last year’s faux pumpkin makeover, click here.

 

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