Elegant Succulent Pumpkin Planter
Add a bit of elegance to a faux white pumpkin with succulents, a few basic craft supplies and a little imagination.
Have you seen the latest trend turning pumpkins in to planters? It’s a great way to make those pumpkins a little functional as well as pretty. A succulent pumpkin planter can add interest and a little green life to a fall display or centerpiece.
Succulents are so pretty this time of year. They are very forgiving and hardy, meaning they can withstand a great deal of neglect and still keep on growing– my kind of plant! This year I’m trying a little softer look for fall, by using neutrals more than bright orange, so I used a white faux pumpkin for this little project. When I added a bit of gold paint, it made it oh so elegant, while the pumpkin gives a subtle nod to fall. You don’t need many supplies, many you probably already have on hand.
- faux craft pumpkin
- a hot knife (found at most craft supply stores near the wood burning supplies)
- sand paper
- gold acrylic craft paint
- painters tape
- sponge brush
- potting soil, succulents and pebbles
First, you want to cut 3 square holes in your pumpkin. You could probably use a pumpkin carving knife, but my hot knife made it super easy. it’s basically a utility knife that has a heated blade. You can pick one up at Michaels for $10 if you use a 40% off coupon.
I just eyeballed where I wanted the openings. Just remember you need enough room in the bottom to hold the soil and plants.
Next, I sanded the openings a little just too smooth the edges some. I then used painters tape to mark off where I wanted to add a little gold to my pumpkin.
I used a few coats of Martha Stewart Metallic Gold to paint the areas I tapped off and the inside edge of the openings and stem, to give it a more finished look.
I removed the tape, and let the paint dry.
After everything was dry, which only took about 5-10 minutes, I turned the pumpkin over and drilled a few drainage holes in the bottom (you could also do this before you paint). I then filled the bottom of the pumpkin with soil and planted the succulents. I filled in with some pebbles I had, which also gave it some added interest. And that’s it!
It looked great out front with some other pumpkins and mums.
Or inside on my bookcase.
Since I used a faux pumpkin, this will easily last thru Thanksgiving, then I can just transplant the succulents to another container until next year.
I took Clinton Kelly’s (from The Chew) 30-minute pumpkin challenge to make this Elegant Succulent Pumpkin Planter. You can see more fabulous 30-minute pumpkin ideas and take the challenge yourself over at ClintonKelly.com
Be sure to follow the hashtags #30minpumpkin and #pumpkinchallenge on twitter and Instagram – or better yet, use them to show off your 30 minute pumpkin ideas!! I’d love to see what you come up with.
More Easy Fall/Halloween Ideas:
Easy Halloween Pumpkin Craft