Succulent pumpkin (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Succulent Pumpkin Designs, DIY, Video

Above: Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity demonstrates her succulent-topped pumpkin method. It's also a featured project in my book, Succulents Simplified.

Follow Laura's simple DIY and your succulent pumpkin will last months. It'll rot sooner if pierced or cut, so avoid doing that. At any time, you can remove the succulents and plant them in a pot or the ground.

Laura pioneered the concept in 2011. It caught on immediately, becoming as popular for fall decor as wreaths are for the holidays. After several years of making pumpkins for sale, Laura went on to specialize in succulent landscapes.

Laura Eubanks during our photo shoot for Country Gardens magazine

Pumpkin How-To

Pumpkin how-to

Pumpkin how-to from Succulents Simplified

So simple! Basically, Laura coats the top of the pumpkin with spray glue, adds dry moss, then hot-glues succulent cuttings and seed pods to the moss. Incredibly, hot glue doesn't harm the succulents, which eventually root through the dried glue into the moss.

Spray adhesive for succulent topped pumpkins

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Caring for Your Pumpculent

  • Place in a cool, dry location atop a trivet or piece of cardboard for air circulation.
  • Provide bright light so cuttings keep their color and don't stretch.
  • Spritz with water once or twice a week to moisten the moss, but not so much that water pools.
  • Protect from frost.

Pumpkin Gallery

Borrow these examples for your own succulent pumpkins. Over half are by the master: Laura Eubanks herself. I like them all, but my least favorite are orange. IMHO, pumpkins in other colors, or with bumps, stripes, blotches or dots, tend to inspire more interesting designs.

I'll post more pumpkin photos as I run across interesting, eye-catching and innovative ones. Be sure to check back! -- Debra

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3 Comments

  1. sandra bedard on October 6, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    I loved seeing all the ideas for pumpkins! I wish I had more varieties myself. I would then try a wreath.
    Our Garden Club did the pumpkins one year for our annual garden sale in October. it was so much fun that I did them for everyone that year.

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on October 6, 2020 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks, Sandra. You can make a lovely wreath even if you don’t have a lot of varieties. There’s something to be said for simplicity ;+)

  2. Lilia Bauner on October 25, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I heard so much about you. The Queen of Succulents.

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