DIY Succulent Pumpkin Décor

Have you ever made a pumpkin arrangement for Thanksgiving or Halloween? You know, the type where you hollow out the pumpkin in order to use it as a temporary planter or even to hold a floral arrangement in a block of Oasis foam. How long did it really last? Two or three days?

What if I told you that you can create a beautiful pumpkin decorated with succulent cuttings or dried flowers with no carving involved? One that will last for weeks on end, starting with the Thanksgiving table and carrying right through to Halloween and beyond. Well, today I am going to show you how to do this step by step, with the help of someone who has been making them for years — my friend and co-worker Teresa.

Step 1: Choose a Pumpkin

Now is not the time to be boring as pumpkins come in a dazzling array of colours, including yellow, pink, white, buff, red, striped, green, and of course, the traditional deep orange — one of which is bound to match your décor. One tip here is to pick one without any bruising, as this will decrease the shelf life of your display. Also, be sure to wipe it down before starting in order to remove any residual mud or leaf debris.

Step 2: Assemble Your Tools

This is a relatively simple task, as all you are going to need is a glue gun (and possibly a short electrical extension cord), extra glue sticks, and some floral scissors.

Step 3: Gather Your Applique Décor