Its fall! Pumpkins are out and its time to decorate your home! Here is a quick DIY on how to make an amazing pumpkin planter for your succulents!
- 1 Small White pumpkin
- 3 Succulents
- Carving Knife
- Lemon and vinegar spray bottle
Start by washing the outside of your pumpkin, make sure to pick one out with little outside blemishes.
Next draw a circle to follow on the top of the pumpkin, this just makes it easier when you are cutting into it so you know where to cut.
Cut the top off of the pumpkin, you will want it pretty wide to fit all of your succulents in. A lot of people who make these planters do not gut the pumpkin, I don’t think that’s a great idea because it will rot quicker. You will have moisture from the pumpkin inside if you gut it or not to keep the succulents hydrated.
Tip: Toast the pumpkin seeds for a delicious treat!
Another trick to keep the pumpkin for longer, soak it in a bucket with lemon juice and vinegar and water after gutting it. I just used a spray bottle with vinegar and lemon and sprayed the inside before planting.
Tip: Use lemon and vinegar to preserve the pumpkin.
After you clean your pumpkin grab your succulents and pull them out of their containers. Any excess soil from them can be put into the bottom of the pumpkin. This will also loosen up the roots and will make it easier to fit all of them into the pumpkin.
Place the biggest succulent into the pumpkin first because you want to make sure to have room for it. Then add in the smaller ones around it. Make sure to have different colors and sizes to make the arrangement stand out.
This will be pretty messy so doing it outside is recommended. After adding all of the plants, wipe down the outside of the pumpkin with your lemon and vinegar spray.
Any small pieces that fell off during planting can be replanted to make new succulents.
Tip: keep leftover pieces and replant.
At the end of the season you can take your succulents out and put into a planter.
Enjoy your new planter, its great for the porch or even as a table center piece.