Make Your Own DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter


It's that time of year again! October marks the beginning of all things Fall! And with it comes all the seasonal fun that we love so much. The weather begins to shift, leaves change, and we start to embrace the traditions of the season: pumpkins, pumpkin-flavored everything, flannel shirts, apple picking, corn mazes, hayrides, and so much more.

Fall opens the door to all kinds of DIY projects and my favorite part, decorating. Are you looking for a quick, fun, and simple project to tackle for your Harvest Home? You can create a simple, stunning, and inexpensive decoration with this easy to follow tutorial. If you prefer a classroom setting, you can join our class at the end of the month! Whichever route you prefer, I am so happy to share one of our most asked about seasonal DIY projects!

Pumpkin Succulent Planters

DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter Supplies

What you need:

  • Heirloom Pumpkins (We bought ours from The Flower Stand in Springville, NY)

  • Pumpkin Carving tools

  • Metal spoon

  • Large knife

  • Gloves

  • Sharpie marker

  • 4" or smaller pot/container for your succulents

  • Towels/paper towels

  • Low Moisture Soil

  • Assorted Succulents

  • Moss

  • Bucket (to wash/collect seeds if not near a sink)

Time: 1 medium-sized Pumpkin Planter takes about 30-45 minutes

Shelf Life: 2-3 weeks

Let's Get Started!


1. Once you have picked your pumpkin, gathered your supplies, and prepped your surface, you are ready to clean your pumpkin. You can rinse in the sink or soak in your bucket with some soapy water and a splash of bleach. You can scrub with an old toothbrush to get into groves.


2. Once the pumpkin is free of dirt and towel-dried, use your pot as a guide to drawing a circle around the pumpkin stem. You want the ring to be slightly larger than your container, this way it will sit inside the opening. You might find you have to carve a larger opening after your initial drawing, that's ok!


3. Use your large knife to start puncturing the pumpkin. Heirloom pumpkins can be a little bit tougher to carve, so this step is essential to make sure you can get your smaller serrated carving knife into the pumpkin. Move your blade around the guided cuts, in an up and down motion to create small slits.


4. Use your serrated carving knife to move around the circle. You may have to do this a couple of times before it loosens. Make sure to go slow to avoid cutting yourself!! Slightly twist the stem of the pumpkin to help loosen it from the seeds inside!


5. Once you can remove your top, use your pumpkin scoop or an old metal spoon to scoop out the seeds and pumpkin guts! You want to make sure you are cleaning out the pumpkin of any unnecessary moisture. You can use a paper towel to wipe out the center of the pumpkin to soak up any moisture.

Hot Tip: If you want to extend the life of your pumpkin, you can use a hairdryer to dry the belly of the pumpkin. You can also use vaseline on the walls to help it slow the deterioration process. You will need to let the vaseline absorb and dry before you put your planter inside! (About an hour)


6. Check to see that your pot fits into the cut opening without sticking out. If it's too tight of a fit, continue to carve!


7. Now it's time to plant your succulents. Take your pot and add a little bit of low moisture soil. Make sure to break up the roots of your succulent when you add it to your container. You should be able to fit about 2-3 succulents into one pot!


8. Place the potted container into the pumpkin and add moss to cover the soil and edge of the pot.


You have made it! When your pumpkin starts to turn, just remove your pot and keep your succulents year-round.


  • If you prefer to use a recycled container verse a pot, you can use an old aluminum can or plastic bowl, whatever you have around the house. Plastic or aluminum will be less likely to collect any mold once the pumpkin starts to rot verse a terra-cotta pot!

  • If you want to skip the container all together, you can fill the pumpkin directly with dirt and plant the same way. Just know, when the pumpkin starts to turn, you will have to transplant your succulents!

  • You can also do the same process with an artificial pumpkin if you are worried about the life of a real pumpkin. Follow the same steps for cutting and planting!

  • Make sure to let your succulents dry out entirely between waterings. They are low maintenance plants, water when the soil is dry!

DIY Drawstring Bag

These quick and easy Pumpkin Planters are great as gifts for party guests, centerpieces, or fun activity! Get to making!!


Need More Guidance?

Check out our next workshop with Laura — Pumpkin Succulent Planters — where she will walk you through the process step by step! Leave all the supplies and clean up to us!


By Laura Cott


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