How to Make a Succulent Pumpkin

Video by Kara Demos, Edited by Kara Demos

Fall is one of the best times of year. It means colorful changing leaves, sweet treats, family gatherings, and of course decorations! I am always looking for beautiful and fun decorations to adorn my home. When I stumbled upon this Fine Gardening article from issue #177, “Create an Autumn Masterpiece,” I knew I needed to try making this succulent pumpkin for my home. In this video, learn all the steps to make your own succulent pumpkin decoration.


  • Pumpkin
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Succulents
  • Floral pins
  • Spray adhesive
  • Glue gun or tacky glue

Steps for making a succulent pumpkin

  1. Remove the pumpkin stem.
  2. Lightly spray the top of the pumpkin with adhesive. Press dry sphagnum moss onto the adhesive.
  3. Experiment with the layout of the pumpkin before securing the succulents.
  4. Once you are happy with your layout, glue the succulents to the pumpkin.
  5. Add floral pins to make the succulents more secure. Just remember that too many pins may cause the pumpkin to spoil faster.

Once your succulent pumpkin is complete, display it in a cool, bright, dry place. The pumpkin should look terrific for weeks! Spritz the succulents with water now and then. Just don’t overwater the pumpkin, or it may rot.

After a few weeks, when the pumpkin starts to get soft, it will be time to break up the arrangement. Repot the succulents in a well-draining potting soil or a tray of sand or perlite, and display them in a sunny window. Enjoy, and happy fall!


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