I learned from my succulent-topped pumpkin DIY, as well as my succulent-extraordinaire friend Steph, that succulent cuttings are amazing. A succulent cutting is simply a cut of the plant. There are all sorts of ways you can get a cutting to make roots, but I’ve found the easiest is to put them in a pot of soil. In this manner, hardy succulents root quite easily, which means that I can take clippings from my own garden and use them to create brand new plants!
I did this very thing, clipping a few rosettes and leaves and potting them in vases. Because I want these to stay inside, I made sure to layer a good amount of sand and pebbles at the bottom, and then topped that with soil. With proper watering and light, the cuttings begin to take root and turn these pretty displays into living centerpieces.
To create such a lovely piece, all you need is the following:
- Succulent cuttings (or mini succulents if you don’t have large ones to use – you can get your garden going this way!)
- Sand and pebbles for the bottom layers
- A glass container – I used an old candle jar and a vase, and I found that those with an upside-down taper work the best, allowing the “blooms” to overflow at the top
Start with your sand, then a layer of pebbles, then a layer of soil. Stick the cuttings in and press the soil around them nice and tight. You may need to use little rocks to prop them up, but as soon as they begin to root, they’ll stay on their own. Water them regularly at first until the cuttings root well (you can do a gentle tug to see how they’re doing), then water 1 time a week or once the soil is completely dry. Be sure and keep your lovely piece in a well-lit spot, such as a windowsill. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine! I’ve had them over a month, and they’ve already grown!
If you’re a DIYer, you know that sometimes projects turn out, and sometimes they don’t. This succulent-topped pumpkin DIY not only turned out but may just be my favorite thing I’ve made all year. It combines pumpkins and succulents, after all — what is not to love?
I have quite a few succulents growing in my garden, so I was able to make this inexpensively. Even if you don’t have your own succulents, you can keep the cost down by using a smaller pumpkin. The one pictured above is only about five inches in diameter.
- Pumpkin – Try to find the fairy tale shaped pumpkins with the flatter top
- Succulents – Try to choose some that have rosette tops, but also find some with interesting leaves (like jade) and some that can drape over the edge, if possible.
- Sphagnum Moss – Purchase at any nursery or home/garden store, like Lowe’s
- Spray Adhesive (Both pictured work)
- Glue – I used Gorilla Glue because that’s what I had, but I’m thinking any quick-drying glue would work, maybe even hot glue
Step 1: Spray the top of your clean, dry pumpkin with the spray adhesive. Press a layer of sphagnum moss. Let it dry, shake off the excess, then spray the layer of moss and press a second layer down. Do this a few more times until you have a good inch or two of moss.
Step 2: Choose the largest rosette you have. Trim the stem and glue it in the middle.
Step 3: Choose medium-sized rosettes and add them in sets of two, gluing them at the short stem.
Step 4: Begin filling in with whatever other succulents you have. Use spare succulent leaves as filler. The key to this is to make it full!
Care for your succulent-topped beauties by misting them once a week on top. Try not to get the pumpkin wet.
These will keep throughout the fall season! If you keep them inside your home, be sure and give them some sunshine from time to time.
At the end of the season, when the pumpkin starts to say good-bye, carefully cut the top portion off. Chances are that your succulents began to make roots in the moss! You can plant the piece and continue to enjoy your arrangement throughout the year. Isn’t that fantastic?
Do you think you’ll be making a succulent-topped pumpkin to enjoy this fall season?
Saturday was about as perfect as a day comes. It wasn’t just the weather, although high 70’s with gorgeous sunshine cannot be topped. We had the joy of spending a whole day at The Gardens Nursery, one of our favorite places to be. The owners were celebrating their one-year anniversary and asked Robby (Unfolded Designs), along with Steph and myself (Citrus and Cream) to come and join in on the festivities.
Robby and I arrived a little before 10:00 and set up our space. He had brought a number of lighted manzanita pieces with hanging globes, as well as a few ready-made terrariums. Within the first twenty minutes, we had already sold two major pieces! So fun! The rest of the day was a steady flow of people chatting with us, asking about our designs, and purchasing a terrarium, string of lights, or glass globe here and there.
There was a handful of other vendors and makers there, and I loved talking with them and oo-ing over their lovely items. Pictured below are flowers from the Flower Farm, a table setting from Finders Keepers Vintage and Wedding Rentals, yummy treats from Visalia Bakehouse, and handmade signs from Junk in the Trunk 559.
I also found time to wander the grounds, my favorite thing to do, especially since the whole garden was brimming with fall.
Around noon Steph, Ben, and their girls arrived. We waited in line to get the girls’ faces painted, and they turned out absolutely amazing! It was a highlight to see how thrilled the oldest one was with her kitty face! Makes me long for the day when I’ll have my own little one to do something like this with!
With the beautiful setting, perfect weather, visits with friends and family, and a few sales (yay!), the day was a success on so many levels.