DIY Succulent Pumpkins for Halloween

Happy Fall from everyone here at Succulent City!

DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
Several succulent-pumpkin arrangements on a stand

Fall means one thing… pumpkins… and pumpkin-everything at that! One of our favorite things to do with pumpkins is to create succulent-pumpkin arrangements. YES, you read that right… Succulents & Pumpkins together to make the dreamiest arrangements. If you haven’t seen them yet, they are all the rage and completely taking over all of our feeds, and for a good reason.

Succulent pumpkins, also known by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity as ‘Succulent Topped Pumpkins’, were first designed by Laura herself. They were then made popular by famous succulent author Debra Lee Baldwin. Now, they are widely-known by many!

Succulents can be added on top of any pumpkin, no matter the shape, size, or texture! In this project, succulents get adhesively attached to the top of the pumpkins, and tend to last much longer than pumpkin season itself! Since these pumpkins aren’t carved open, they tend to last 2-3 months, and can even be planted after!

DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
Succulent arrangement in a pumpkin planter

Required Supplies & Equipment

  • Hot Glue (or white glue)
  • Sheet Moss
  • Succulent Cuttings
  • Pumpkin(s)
DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
A close up of a succulent planted in a pumpkin

4 Steps to Make Succulent Pumpkins at Home

1. Start from the top of the pumpkin

On top of the pumpkin, working in small sections at a time, add hot glue (or white glue) directly on top of the pumpkin. Next, add a thin layer of sheet moss on top of the glue. The key to this step is to have the moss securely attached to the pumpkin, as it is the foundation for the entire arrangement.

DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
A person applying glue to attach succulents to a pumpkin

2. Utilizing cuttings to fill the entire area of the top

Using the succulent cuttings, arrange the succulents in a pattern to your liking on top of the pumpkin. If you prefer not to plan, then you can start with one succulent at a time.

DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
A person attaching moss to a pumpkin

3. Workaround the pumpkin

To attach each succulent, add a small amount of hot glue on top of the moss, place the succulent cutting (stem) on top of the hot glue. Next, quickly add hot glue on top of the stem and cover with a small amount of sheet moss (this is a layer of glue, succulent, glue, moss). Repeat this process throughout the whole pumpkin, adding as many or as few succulents as you like.

Loving the process so far? Be sure to also check out other fun DIYs you can take advantage of with your succulents by also taking a look at “4 Irresistibly Cute Succulent Wedding Favors“.

DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
A person holding a pumpkin with succulents planted in it

4. Ensure each succulent is attached securely

Before finishing your succulent pumpkin, gently wiggle each succulent. Each succulent needs to be securely attached to the pumpkin. If any of the succulents seem loose, add additional glue to the cuttings to help secure them down.

DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
A person attaching succulents

Caring for Your Succulent Pumpkin

To care for your succulent pumpkin, keep it in a well-lit location with bright light but out of the direct sun (the direct sun will rot the pumpkin). Mist the top of the pumpkin with water once a week. The succulents will slowly start to root in the moss. After pumpkin season is over, slice the top of the pumpkin off (without detaching the succulent), and plant it in the ground (with enough room for the pumpkin to decompose). The pumpkin will slowly start to decompose into the ground while the succulents will continue to grow! Another method is to snip off each succulent and plant them individually.

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DIY Succulent pumpkins for halloween
Close up of Succulent Pumpkins

Everything About Jessica & Her Book!

Jessica Cain, the owner of popular Instagram (@insucculentlove), is a botanical designer with her new book debuting, 10/29! Her book, Stylish Succulent Designs & Other Botanical Crafts, is filled with 40 different DIY projects. Her book is available on pre-order on her site now, use code SuccCity to get 10% off & a special botanical gift with purchase! Pre-Order Here!

Thank you for reading with us about this great fall DIY. For more DIY projects involving your succulents, you can also check out “How to Make a Succulent Corsage” for another fun activity.

Happy Planting! 🌵

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