This gallery of succulent-topped pumpkin design ideas are mostly by Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity, who 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 now devotes her time to designing in-ground gardens.
Basically, she coats the top of the pumpkin with spray glue, adds moss, then hot-glues succulent cuttings and seed pods to the moss. Incredibly, the hot glue doesn't harm the succulents, which root through the dried glue into the moss. The arrangement lasts for months---until early spring usually, at which time the pumpkin finally collapses and the plants can go into the garden. The pumpkin will rot much sooner if pierced or cut, so avoid doing that.
Use these examples to inspire your own creativity and designs. Have fun!
Additional ideas by various designers:
I'll post more pumpkin photos as I run across interesting, eye-catching and innovative ones, so be sure to check back. -- Debra