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How to Make a Pumpkin Planter with Succulents

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner


Pumpkin planter for succulents and kale

Find out how to make a pumpkin planter with succulents and kale. This fun planter makes a cute centerpiece on a Halloween tablescape, or eye-catching decor on your balcony, deck or front steps.

Just carve your pumpkin in your favorite design and fill with succulents, mustard greens, kale or any other fall favorites.

Tools and Materials to make a pumpkin planter

Pumpkin planter project supplies


Draw the face for a pumpkin planter

Step 1: Design Your Pumpkin Planter

Determine the design for your pumpkin planter and, using a marker, draw it out. For the top of the pumpkin, use a small plastic container or flowerpot to draw a perfect circle.

We recommend triangles for the eyes since they’re easier to cut out.

Cut pumpkin planter top

Step 2: Cut the Design

Take your knife or carving tool and carve out the design of your pumpkin planter. 

Scooping flesh from a pumpkin for a planter

Step 3: Remove pulp inside the pumpkin

Scoop the pulp from inside the pumpkin planter. A soil scoop makes the job easy but a serving spoon works well, too.

Planting a pumpkin planter

Step 4: FILL the face

Remove the succulents from their nursery pots and tap off soil so they fit through the slots cut in your pumpkin planter. Use larger succulents for the eyes and smaller ones for the mouth area.

We used hens and chicks for the mouth area. Several hens and chicks come in one nursery pot, making it a more cost-effective option.

Plant a pumpkin planter

Step 5: FILL the top

Now fill the pumpkin with soil, such as a potting mix for succulents. Once filled up with soil, plant additional succulents, such as a spilling sedum. The spilling sedum gives the pumpkin a fun, hairy look. Don’t forget a thriller on top. We used purple mustard greens.

Optionally, try kale, Swiss chard, ornamental cabbage, coleus or other colorful plants that thrill. 

DIY pumpkin planter

Step 6: Decorate with your pumpkin planter

Once the pumpkin planter is ready, you may decide you want to create more of them. Pumpkin planters look beautiful on steps, a porch, balcony or deck. Use other gourds, squash and mini pumpkins to create a display.

Other decorating options

Pumpkin planter centerpiece

A pumpkin planter also makes a great centerpiece for a Halloween party.  

For other options, see our story more ways to DIY a pumpkin.


Special thanks to Rambo Nursery, Melissa Haghighat and Lucy Mercer for assistance with this project.

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