Pumpkin Succulent Planter DIY

It finally feels like autumn here in Central Ohio! After months of hot, sticky days – even though the entire month of September – the weather finally cooled down with some rain over the weekend.

Something I love about living in the Midwest is the changing of the seasons; I am always so excited for the next season to arrive! In the spring, I’m dying to get out of my sweaters and boots and into cute little dresses and flip-flops. However, this time of year, I’m eager to snuggle up in an oversized hoodie (generally stolen from my oldest son’s closer) with a cup of tea.

Fall is also one of my favorite times of year with my family. From going to the pumpkin patch to making homemade applesauce and apple pie, from taking the kids trick-or-treating to making caramel apples, autumn holds many treasured traditions for our little crew.

Me and my crew at the pumpkin patch

With the crisp feel of fall in the air, I decided to take on a fun (and easy!) little DIY that I wanted to share with you: turning a pumpkin into a succulent planter. This little project makes a perfect centerpiece for a table or would look adorable on your porch (climate permitting!).

As I said, this project is very simple. First, go to your local greenhouse or favorite plant store and select some succulents. I recommend picking ones that aren’t too short, as you want to add some dimension to your planter; however, picking succulents in a variety of heights is a good idea.

For my planter, I decided to use a white pumpkin, which I found for $6.99 at Trader Joe’s. Truthfully, you can use any color or shape of pumpkin you want; you can even use a plastic or Styrofoam pumpkin, which you should be able to easily find at your local craft store or hobby shop.


Begin by cutting the top of your pumpkin out, just as if you were making a jack-o-lantern. I should note that the shorter pumpkins – like the one I used – are a little harder to work with. Because they have less area in the middle filled with seeds, you have to work a little harder to separate the top from the rest of the pumpkin.


Once the top of your pumpkin is removed, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and “goo” from the inside of your pumpkin. As I was working on this step, a little “helper” came along… “Whacha doin’, Momma?” So…my little “helper” assisted me with the scooping process!


When your pumpkin is empty, fill it about half-way with soil. I used a soil that is specific for cacti and succulents, as I have found the faster-draining soil does really well for those plants.


Gently remove your succulents from their pots and set them in the pumpkin as desired. Carefully fill in around your succulents with more soil until they are well supported, but do not pack the soil in too tightly.


I gave my succulents a nice drink after they were planted, which also helped wash off some of the loose soil that had settled on them. And ta-da! Your pumpkin planter is complete!

(I told you that was easy, didn’t I?)


I am so excited to display my planter on my dining room table, and add a little bit of festive autumn décor into my home.


If you decide to take on this project, I would absolutely LOVE to see what you come up with! Please e-mail me pictures to the.houseplant.momma@gmail.com or tag me on Instagram @the.houseplant.momma – I can’t wait to see how yours turn out!

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What’d your favorite autumn tradition? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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– the {house}plant momma

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