Have you seen those adorable little succulent pumpkins popping up everywhere this fall?
I've been to two fall-themed "events" this past week, and both of them featured the little succulent-pumpkins as decor. I took a close look . . . and then decided to make some for myself.
You can, too! Here's how . . . in three easy steps.
1 - Grab your materials!
spray adhesive (not shown in photo above)
sphagnum moss (available at craft stores like Michaels)
assortment of succulents (I just snipped them from my garden; you can also pick them up at garden centers) (you just need leaves; no roots)
other fall flotsam and jetsam (milkweed pods, interesting seed heads, acorns, etc.)
non-water-soluble glue (I used tacky glue for my first attempt and a hot glue gun for my second; you just want it to hold when you get it wet)
spray bottle (for watering your finished project
2 - Attach things to the pumpkin!
First, use spray adhesive to attach a handful of sphagnum moss to the top of your pumpkin. Next, using the tacky glue (or a hot glue gun), attach succulent parts to the sphagnum moss. I started with some of the bigger pieces (the hen-and-chick flowerette, for example) and then filled in with some of the smaller leaves and stems. Hold the pieces in place for a bit to make sure they adhere well. I filled in with some sedum flowers after my succulents were in place, and I added a bit of fall flotsam (that's a milkweed pod in there) for interest.
3 - Spray it down with water!
When you're finished, just spritz the succulents with water. You'll want to do this every couple of days. If they're kept moist, the succulents will actually take root in the sphagnum moss. When the pumpkin begins to rot, you can cut the top off (with the sphagnum moss and succulents intact), and just transfer the whole thing to a pot. (Disclaimer: Theoretically, this should work, but I have not tried it yet.)
It took me about 30 minutes start-to-finish to put this little guy together. The first one (shown at the beginning of the post) took a little longer because I didn't know what I was doing yet, and I used tacky glue (which took longer to set). My hints: less is more (don't crowd too much stuff onto the pumpkin); start with the bigger items and then balance it out with the smaller things; and use a glue gun if you have one (because quicker).
Try one! They're so cute and festive - and really simple to do.
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