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Mini Pumpkin Planters for Succulents – Fall Decor Idea

Fall is here, which means it’s the season for pumpkins and sharing gratitude! If you want to try your hand at a fall themed project, try making these adorable mini pumpkin planters for succulent.

These succulent planters are particularly appropriate during the month of October, because pumpkins are one of the symbols of Halloween.

Plus, October is home to several pumpkin-themed national days. October 26 is National Pumpkin Day and October 31 is Carve a Pumpkin Day.

What better way to celebrate these days than to make these mini pumpkin planters! I love succulents. They are easy to grow, perfect for a beginning gardener and so pretty to look at.

I have done a variation of this pumpkin project in larger form on my gardening site by using real pumpkins and making succulent arrangements on the top of the pumpkins.

Miniature Pumpkin Planters with small succulents

While carved pumpkins are a lot of fun at Halloween time, carving them opens the pumpkin up and this leads to rotting.

Never fear, there are lots of un-messy ways that you can use pumpkins. These mini pumpkins are the perfect choice to use in DIY fall decor projects like this one.

Even though we see a lot of carved pumpkins at Halloween, pumpkins are actually appropriate to have around during Thanksgiving too, because they are one of the six symbols of Thanksgiving.

Note: Hot glue guns, and heated glue can burn. Please use extreme caution when using a hot glue gun. Learn to use your tool properly before you start any project.

Making these mini pumpkin planters

For today’s project, I am going to use small mini pumpkins that are make of foam with a plastic coating on the outside. To make this project, you’ll need just a few supplies:

  • miniature foam pumpkins
  • one succulent plant for each pumpkin planter
  • green moss
  • sharp knife
  • spoon
  • hot glue gun and glue stick
  • garden soil

Mini pumpkins come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, as well as many colors. Use a variety for the best succulents

Making the opening for the succulent planters

Use a sharp knife to cut off the top of the pumpkins. The inside consists of foam which is a bit tough to remove. I used both a melon baller and a sturdy spoon.Hollowed out faux pumpkins

Try to leave at least 3/8″ wall on the outside.  My pumpkins had a metal piece on the inside of them that I also removed.

You will be using one succulent for each planter that you make. Try to choose a size that relates to the size of the pumpkin opening. Most garden centers and big box stores sell succulents.

faux pumpkin and succulents

They are also very easy to grow from leaves if you have a friend who grows them. Each leaf will eventually make a little baby plant. It’s a great way to get plants for free!

succulent baby

Fill the opening in the mini pumpkin planter with soil. I used a cacti/succulent soil since it drains well.  Adding soil to pumpkin planters

Covering up with top edge

You will notice that the top cut edge shows the foam inner layer, even when you have soil in the planter. Now is the time to use the glue gun.Hot glue moss to the opening

Attach a few pieces of foam around the opening of the mini planter with some hot glue. This covers the white part well so that it can’t be seen.

Time to plant the succulent in the mini pumpkin planter

Now for the best part. Take one of your little succulent plants. If the roots are too big, you can trim them a little to fit into your opening. Place the roots of the plant into the soil.

Mini pumpkin planter with succulent

TADA! They look so cute as a group!Succulent planters

Let’s make some pumpkin vignettes

You can, of course, just display these planters anywhere you normally put plants, but they can also be combined into a fun fall vignette.

Arrange some moss along with some silk autumn leaves on a long white tray and arrange the planters. Finished mini planters

For even more interest, stack some old books and a fun clay pot candy dish behind the tray for a wonderful look. Isn’t it perfect for National Pumpkin Day?Mini pumpkin planter vignette

Another fun way to display the group of planters is by using a small brown wooden serving tray with rope handles (I got mine at Micheal’s Craft Store.)

Pin these mini pumpkin platers with succulents for later

Would you like a reminder of these mini pumpkin planters for succulents? Just pin this image to one of your gardening boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.These mini pumpkin planters are so much fun to make and perfect for a fall table centerpiece. You won't believe how easy they are to make!

This video shows just how easy these small planters are to make.

There are close to 2000 national days in the year and lots of fun national days in October. Be sure to check back often to see which national day we are celebrating today!

Yield: Several small planters

Mini Pumpkin Planters for Succulents - Fall Decor Idea

Succulent planters

These miniature pumpkin planters are fun to make and look great when you plant them with succulents. They are ready in just minutes.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15


  • miniature foam pumpkins.  
  • one succulent plant for each pumpkin planter
  • green moss
  • cactus or succulent soil


  • Wooden box or tray to display the planters
  • green moss
  • silk autumn leaves


  • sharp knife
  • spoon 
  • Glue gun and hot glue stick


  1. Use the sharp knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin.
  2. Hollow out the inside of the pumpkin by removing foam but leave at least 1/4-3/8" wall
  3. Heat the glue gun and hot glue the moss around the white foam opening to hide it.
  4. Add cactus/succulent soil to the opening.
  5. Plant one succulent in each planter.
  6. Arrange some more moss and silk leaves on a long tray, or inside a wooden box. This will hold any water which might escape.
  7. Display with pride.


The outside of the planters are quite waterproof but will eventually break down and allow moisture to leak out. Take care on furniture.

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