November 5, 2012

Easy Succulent Garden Centerpieces in "Pumpkin" Planters

I love the subtlety and elegance of white pumpkins.  Their neutral color makes them the perfect piece of fall decor to carry you through Halloween, Thanksgiving and even on in to winter.  The best part about these elegant, living centerpieces is that they are made from "Funkins", those faux foam pumpkins from the craft store, so they won't decay and can be used year after year.  The succulents themselves are easy to care for and are long-lasting.

I think the combination jade and celdon tones of the succulent plants and alabaster pumpkins is rather sublime. 

Succulent Garden Centerpieces
with White Pumpkin Planters


  • White foam "funkin" pumpkins
  • X-ACTO or pumpkin carving knife
  • Large pebbles or broken pottery
  • Potting Soil, Cactus/succulent blend
  • Mulch (fine sand, gravel, or bark)
  • Assorted Succulent Plants

Step 1:  Using an X-ACTO or pumpkin carving knife, carve the top off of your foam pumpkin.

Step 2:  Flip pumpkin over and cut a 1" hole in the bottom.

Step 3:  Place a few pebbles or pieces of pottery over the drainage hole inside the pumpkin.

Step 4:  Fill pumpkin with potting soil.

Step 5:  Arrange succulents in the soil.

Step 6:  Finish with a layer of mulch (I used sand).  Water and enjoy.

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  1. These are so adorably cute...I love the idea...I did one this summer but in a terra cotta round planter...but I really love this...Have a great day with love Janice

  2. Wonderful idea, Jenn. I pinned this for later to do with my boys. Recently I bought one very similar for teenager's room and it cost me over $30.00.

  3. Hi Jenn
    I love your alabaster pumpkin planters! What a great idea, and they look like the real thing. I just happen to have a Michaels coupon somewhere, think I'll pay them a visit and then swing by the nursery. Thanks so much for "planting" such a great idea in my head. [pinning]


  4. I love hens & chicks and how you have them planted! Very Cute!!

  5. And the best part is you don't have to worry about the pumpkins rotting!

  6. Your pumpkin planters are so cute! Just dropping by to say Hi!! -The Six Sisters

  7. These are beautiful! I love that you used pumpkins for this, they don't even look the same.

  8. Jenn! This is an amazing idea... you are so clever!

  9. Cute Jenn! I may have to spray paint my pumpkin planter Geri gave me last year it!

  10. Move over, mumpkins...succulent pumpkins are moving into town! Those look so cool! Love it!


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