DIY Succulent Pumpkin Décor

DIY Succulent Pumpkin from Dear Handmade LifeWhen my best friend told me she was pregnant, I had three urgent questions for her.

  1. How are you feeling?
  2. When’s the due date?
  3. Can I start planning your baby shower now?

You see, she’s not just pregnant; she’s pregnant with my nephew. And everyone knows I love a good party. When she found out the due date (early December), we decided that some time in October would be the perfect time for the baby shower. And if you’re going to throw a baby shower in October, what better theme is there than pumpkin? “Welcome little pumpkin,” to be exact.

I made these succulent pumpkin centerpieces for the shower, and thought they would be perfect to share with you! These little pumpkin planters are incredibly fast and simple to make, and the best part is that they will easily last you through Thanksgiving because we’re not cutting the pumpkin open or hollowing out the inside.

-Lisa Rios of The Makery


DIY Succulent Pumpkin from Dear Handmade Life

-Miniature pumpkin with a flat surface on top
-Spray adhesive
-Tacky glue (clear)
-Succulent cuttings


1. Remove any stickers and wash your pumpkin to rid the surface of dust and dirt.

2. In a well-ventilated area, spray the top of your pumpkin with spray adhesive.

3. Place a handful of moss on top. Try not to separate the moss before placing on top, but instead use whole pieces.

DIY Succulent Pumpkin from Dear Handmade Life

4. Apply layer of clear tacky glue around the stem and base of the succulent cutting. Avoid placing glue at the bottom of the stem where the succulent was cut.

5. Place your cutting inside the moss and press firmly. Continue gluing your cuttings around the top until you have a beautiful, full arrangement. Experiment with placement and composition, and have fun!

DIY Succulent Pumpkin from Dear Handmade Life

6. Do not water. Let dry overnight.

Care: Wait seven days until you water your succulent cuttings, and then continue to water once a week. Make sure your pumpkin gets plenty of sunshine most days of the week.

-Lisa Rios

About Lisa:

“If you had asked my 12-year-old self what I wanted to be when I grow up, I probably would have had a perfectly sensible answer. Like a circus trapeze artist or an outer space explorer. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would craft for a living. But fast-forward 20 years and I’m the owner of The Makery, a walk-in craft studio located in Anaheim.  In addition to teaching and organizing local creative workshops, planning craft parties and designing handmade craft kits, I also design for Whimsy and Ink, the handmade biz I share with my rad hubby. My work has been featured in Real Simple, Brides Magazine, Bust, The Huffington Post, Orange Coast Magazine, Sunset Magazine, in Etsy’s Featured Sellers series, and in my mom’s emails to Grandma.”

Lisa Rios of The Makery SoCal

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