Add a bit of elegance to a faux white pumpkin with succulents, a few basic craft supplies and a little imagination for this easy DIY Elegant Succulent Pumpkin Planter.  Scroll down for the full tutorial.

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Have you seen the latest trend turning pumpkins into 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. 

Supplies List To Make a DIY Pumpkin Planter

  • faux craft pumpkin
  • a hot knife (found at most craft supply stores  near the wood-burning supplies)
  • sandpaper
  • gold acrylic craft paint
  • painters tape
  • sponge brush
  •  potting soil, succulents, and pebbles

cut openings in faux pumpkin for planter at

How To Make a Pumpkin Planter

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.

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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!

Gold Succulent Pumpkin planter at

It looked great out front with some other pumpkins and mums.

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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.

Gold Succulent Pumpkin planter filled with succulents at

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

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.

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