DIY Your Own Thanksgiving Centerpiece With Pumpkins and Succulents

If you’ve spent any time in my apartment, or perusing my Pinterest page, you are probably not surprised to hear me say that I have a little thing for succulents. I’ve always loved flowers, but in the last few years succulents seem to be giving flowers a run for their money as my favorite flora. It blows me away that plants (flowerless ones, mind you) can be so beautiful. Plus, they are capable of surviving harsh conditions, which is great for someone like me who is not known for a natural green thumb.

I always try to have some kind of greenery in my home, but never really considered sprucing up the plants to make a beautiful and unique centerpiece was an option…until recently. With holiday prep in full swing, I’ve seen many a website showcase holiday centerpieces that utilize succulents, and I LOVED the way that they looked, so I thought I would  try to make a centerpiece of my own. One of the looks I’ve been particularly drawn to and interested in trying to make myself is succulents on a pumpkin – “pumpcculents,” if you will (yes, I did make that up. You can thank me later).

After going to several stores to buy my supplies (it is surprisingly difficult to find pumpkins after Oct. 31), I set home to DIY my very own pumpcculent.

The finished product looks pretty extravagant and complicated, but it’s not actually that difficult to create at all. All you need is a pumpkin (any color) with some kind of stem still attached, a variety of succulents (I had four different kinds), and a hot glue gun. That’s it!

pumpkin succulent thanksgiving centerpeice

You’ll probably want to buy your supplies a few days before you plan to make the pumpcculent. Because you won’t be able to water the succulents once you attach them to the pumpkin, it’s important to make sure you water them about 24 hours before you begin (this will help ensure the centerpiece lasts about a month). Once you’ve given your succulents time to drink, find a clean work space and lay out all your materials. I would wipe the pumpkin down with a wet napkin to get all the dirt and grime off (this will help the glue stick better). Also, I would cut the stems of your succulent to get some nice buds for the centerpiece – if you do this ahead of time, it allows you to see what you are working with and helps ensure that you don’t have to continuously pause to cut another bud.

With the prep work done, you can begin creating your holiday masterpiece. Start with your biggest plant first, and hot glue that to the pumpkin stem. This will set the height of your arrangement. After that, begin gluing succulents to the pumpkin itself to create your succulent border. Then, simply fill in the holes with other succulents until your arrangement has reached your desired fullness. What’s great about this is that there is really no correct way – let your own eye guide your creation.

Since this was my first time, I bought a smaller pumpkin to test the waters. I also bought multiple succulents to create variety. Because of this miscalculation in proportions, I found myself with an of excess plants for such a small pumpkin – I was worried that the excess succulents would go to waste, so I found some mini pumpkins and created smaller centerpieces out of them to use the rest of my plants.

In the end, you’ll find that in almost no time you’ve created a beautiful pumpcculent worthy of gracing even the fanciest of holiday tables. My little group of pumpcculents has really added some spice to my apartment  – so much so that I wish I was hosting Thanksgiving simply so I could show off the little guys! But then again, there’s always next year.

pumpkin succulent centerpiece


pumpkin succulent thanksgiving centerpeice

What kind of things do you use to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece? Share in the comments below!


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