DIY Fabric Pumpkins


So by now you’ve probably seen the succulent-topped pumpkins everyone has been making…So, if you’re like me & aren’t a huge fan of traditional bright orange pumpkins or you just love things with a funky, unique vibe, this succy-pumpkin DIY is for you! & it’s honestly SO stinking simple & so CAYUTE!

As I was perusing Joann’s fabric the other day their Autumn seasonal fabrics had me heartstruck. I spotted 4 adorable flannel & fall-themed patterns, & I knew I had to figure out something fun to do with them. Then I looked over & saw a bag of faux mini pumpkins on sale & it hit me. Fabric-covered Succulent-topped pumpkins.


  • Faux Pumpkins of any size or color!
  • Fabric (quantity needed will depend on the size pumpkin you use. For large pumpkins you’ll need approx. 1/2yd, but for mini pumpkins like I show in this blog I used only 1/2 of a remnant square they had on sale!)
  • Hot Glue & Gun (and/or Craft Glue for glueing the succulents)
  • Moss
  • Succulents
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Scissors

Now, Grab Your Favorite FALL Latte & Let’s Get Started!


STEP ONE: Get your fabric & lay it flat on the table (iron before you begin if needed). Set the pumpkin down toward one of the corners of the fabric to conserve fabric, you’ll have a bit leftover.  NEXT, Do a practice fold with fabric by bringing all corners of the fabric up toward the stem of the pumpkin, and adjust direction of pumpkin as needed to help you eyeball how large of a square you will want to cut.


NOW, Time to measure & CUT! This is the hardest part of the DIY honestly, and that’s not saying much because it’s still ridiculously easy lol I’ve found as a general rule of thumb, to wrap all the way around the pumpkin, you’re going to want your fabric to be about twice the length & height of your pumpkin. If you want to be super precise you can measure the bottom of your pumpkin and multiply it by 2 and maybe add an extra inch for good measure, this should make the fabric large enough & give a little wiggle room in case you make a wrong cut somewhere down the road. AFTER you’ve measured, cut out your square.

After you’ve cut your fabric square, place pumpkin in the center of square, and do another practice run scrunching your fabric up toward the stem, just to ensure it reaches all the way around!

DSC06074NEXT, Put a small dab of hot glue on the top of your pumpkin right next to the stem, and press the fabric into it. (Hack, if your hot glue gun gets ridiculously hot like mine, use a chopstick to press the fabric down into the glue so you don’t burn your fingers, or use heat protective gloves)

Work your way around the pumpkin chunk by chunk, doing this over and over. Bunching the fabric and glueing it to the top. Feel free to scrunch up the fabric as much or little as you like as you go, whatever look you prefer. The more you bunch the fabric together, the more it will actually look like it has those pumpkin creases in the sides.

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As you’re making your way around the pumpkin, feel free to trim the excess fabric at the top, around the stem as much as needed, your square may be a bit bigger than necessary. Also, keep in mind, what the top of the pumpkin looks like doesn’t really matter, since it will get covered up by succulents later.


Once you’ve made it all the way around the pumpkin with your fabric & glue, and trimmed what needs to be trimmed, it’s time for the FUN PART! Succulent Time!


To prep the top of your pumpkin for the succulents, spray the adhesive around the entire top of pumpkin and stem, and press a thin layer of moss on top. This step is necessary because the moss will hold moisture to hydrate your succies when you water, without causing them to rot.


Once the moss is on, it’s succy time! I like to start by putting my favorite and somewhat largest succulent (or 2 off-centered succulents) in the middle and then building around it. Put a generous amount of hot glue either on the top of the moss where you’ll be placing the succulent, or put the dollop of hot glue on the bottom of the succulent, and press to the moss firmly and hold until completely cooled and hardened. (Note, you can also use craft glue for the glueing of the succies, whichever you’d prefer, I like hot glue because it dries instantly so I can build more quickly) PLEASE NOTE: Glueing the succulents, even with hot glue, will not kill them or damage them. I will talk at the end of the blog about how to dismantle your succies & what to do with them after Fall is over & pumpkin season is no more.

Keep doing this until you’ve covered the top of your pumpkin and feel like it’s exactly how you want it! I loveeeee how ours turned out, and it goes perfectly styled with the lanterns we made last week and our traditional succy-topped pumpkins, (DIY on how to make those to coming very soon).


AND VOILA’! You are now ready to get down with your Festive Fall Bad Self. I didn’t lie, that was ridiculously easy right? If you’re like me, you’ll want to make at least 5 of these cuties, plus they make AMAZING festive gifts, for house-warming or just to say I love you 🙂

QUICK NOTE on Maintaining these cuties! So in order to keep your succulents happy, try to keep your pumpkin somewhere they will get indirect bright light, not direct hot sunlight all day. Or if you plan to put them in a dark corner of a bookshelf or desk make sure they get some time in windowsill sun at least two times a week. Also, for watering, once a week or once every other week (depending on inside or outside & how hot the spot it is in will be) take a spray bottle and try to spritz a tiny bit of water around the roots of the succulents, into the moss. But not TOO much! The moss will soak up the water and keep the succy roots moist throughout the week. & That’s all!

After the fall season ends, you can simply & easily dismantle your pumpkin whenever youd like. GENTLY wiggle & pull the succulents free from the moss, and peel any remaining hot glue off the roots and plant in a good draining soil mix of 50% PUMICE 50% soil, and they will continue to grow, unharmed!

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope to see your fabric pumpkins on the interwebs soon! ❤


Happy Fall Ya’ll!

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Fall Succulent Lantern DIY


‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice, pumpkin bread, even pumpkin-decked SUCCULENTS! & I’m here for all of it! FALL is my absolute favorite season, which is making me spend far too much money on fall succulent projects this year lol but #noragerts Going into the season I wanted to do something different than succulents pumpkins (even though they’re always cute & def have made more this season already). For inspiration I was casually browsing through Michael’s & spotted these gorgeous vintage lanterns for 60% off + my coupon, & knew immediately that my first priority of the season would be to fill them to the brim with succulents, surround them with pumpkins, succulents, & fairy lights! So I did, and oooof I’m in love. So, let’s get started DIY-ing.


  • Lanterns – I got these on sale at Michael’s for $12, but Hobby Lobby also has a large selection right now! You can also find some amazing vintage ones thrifting!
  • Cactus Soil – ( I use Kellogg brand Cactus, Citrus Palm mix, or EB Stone Succy mix)
  • PUMICE – Our General Pumice, obviously 😉 I used our size 1/8″, & pumice is VERY, very important for this project! & I’ll talk about WHY! ….PS. if you’re reading this, I’m so thankful that I want to give you a 10% OFF discount on any pumice order, just use discount code “LANTERN” during checkout!
  • Succulents! (Keep in mind if these lanterns are going to be indoors in low light, pick hardy succulents that thrive without lots of light! Here’s a list of those! 
  • Chopsticks & Tweezers (they make planting these tiny spaces a billion times easier)
  • Optional recommendation: Here’s an amazing succy utility tool belt with literally everything you need tool-wise for this project & pretty much any other project! It has the tiny spade I use for everything, spray bottle, succy-safe brush, tweezers, literally everything. (I don’t get paid or anything for recommending it, it just made my life so much easier so need to share!)

DSC04999As you can see, you really don’t need a ton of supplies you probably don’t already have, so let’s get to it!


Mix up some gooooood soil, I’m treating these beauties basically as terrariums, because they are extremely similar. (You can also read my terrarium DIY blog here). As you can see in the pictures, these lanterns don’t have holes in the bottom, SO if you know you’re not going to use these for anything else, I would recommend poking 5-6 small holes in the bottom of each lantern for drainage. OR instead, as I chose to do, add a THICK layer of PUMICE to the bottom before anything else! This will catch & absorb any excess water, so moisture doesn’t sit around the roots of your succies & cause them to rot!


After you’ve added your foundation of PUMICE, next mix your soil! The soil you use is the MOST IMPORTANT factor when it comes to terrariums & planting projects like this! I cannot stress that enough if you want these beauties to actually live & thrive! So for my soil I mixed about 60% PUMICE, with 40% cactus soil! Pumice is the Swiss army knife of succulent planting, I swear. It has a multitude of benefits when planting in general (read all of them here), but especially with terrariums. The main benefits are:

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     After you’ve mixed your pumice/soil mixture, you’re ready to rock & roll! Add a HEAPING layer of soil, my base was about 2.5″ tall you’re going to want to make sure there’s a tall enough layer of soil that your succulents are on display tall & proud (especially if you’re going to want to have the doors of the lanterns closed!) Also, you’ll notice these lanterns don’t have any soil-catching barriers, like a lip to keep the soil from falling out the front, BUT, I knew exactly where I wanted the lanterns to sit permanently (at my front door) and I won’t be moving them so that’s not a big deal to me. The soil stays put by itself pretty well as long as you’re not swinging it around or moving it consistently. But, if you’d like you can make a little “gate” out of popsicle sticks or little piece of wood, preferably painted to match your lantern colors. 

     To start planting the succulents, I suggest start from the back, put your tallest succulents back here, with eye-catching patterns or textures, then work your way forward to have the smallest succulents in front! Using the chopsticks to push and anchor the roots down in deep is a life-changing hack that makes planting in this tiny space a million times easier! Don’t be afraid to move stuff around as much as you want, also be prepared for soil to continually avalanche out the front as you scoot everything around & find the perfect places for your succulents LOL, just keep replacing the soil as you go!

Screen Shot 2019-10-03 at 11.19.03 AMAs you’re planting, make sure to clean ALL the old soil off the roots of each sucuclent completely! This will make sure they’re totally bug-free, and loosen the roots up for the healthiest succulents possible! Then, go to town, mix up your colors of succulents, sizes, textures, maybe have a few spilling out the front like I did on the smaller lantern with my sedum donkey tails! Just have fun with it & go crazy! 



     Now that you have your new beautifully funky Fall planter, how do you take care of it?! Also super super easy. With terrariums & these types of fun planters that don’t have drainage holes, I NEVER pour-water them, not even a tiny bit! I typically do 1 of 2 things:

     Once a week or every other week depending on where it’s positioned (inside/outside, has it been abnormally hot & dry) I’ll use a water-dropper (you can just use a dropper recycled from an empty medicine) fill it all the way up with water & drip the water AROUND the succulents into the soil sparingly. They don’t need very much water, I’ll use maybe 1 or 2 full droppers per lantern. they actually do better being under-watered than over-watered. Don’t drop the water on TOP of the succulents or in the rosettes of the succulents, this can cause/attract mealie bugs.

     OR, you can use a spray bottle and spray around the succulents as best you can, making sure to direct the water at the soil & roots, not on the succulents. Again, this should only be done about once a week, or every other week if you touch the soil & it still feels damp.

     IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE:  Make sure these beauties are in a place where they at least get a LITTLE bit of light throughout the day, otherwise you’ll need to move your lantern to a window a few times a week so the plants get the sunshine they need to grow & live!


     THAT’S ALL Friends! Now go build your own & find the perfect place for them! I highly suggest adding twinkle lights, twinkle lights literally make everything 234760 zillion times prettier & more whimsical! Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog, next week for a new take on succulent pumpkins that I’m losing my mind over!

     Ok, now I’m off to go bake & eat my body-weight in chocolate-chip pumpkin bread, HAPPY FALL! 

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Propagation How-To & FAQ’s

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Do you want a kabillion succulents but also don’t want to pay the kabillion dollars that goes along with buying them??? Well, then you’re in the right place, PROPAGATION is the name of the game. What the heck is propagation? Well buckle up kids, because it’s about to get allllll kinds of magic school bus scientific up in here right now. Just kidding, I’m definitely no scientist, but hey, I think that’s why this blog will be helpful to folks who like me, just want things explained to them as simply & plainly as possible…like “explain it to me like I’m in 2nd grade” status.


“the super easy, magical process of taking 1 mature succulent & turning it into 2, 3, sometimes even 20 NEW baby succulents, at no additional cost to you!”

Okay, that’s not Webster, but that definition did come straight from Lexi’s Dictionary. More succulents, for no money, truly sounds to good to be true, but it’s not, promise! If I can do it, anyone can do it!

So FIRST THINGS FIRST, grab a succulent, ANY succulent…

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One of the best things about propagation is that the mama succulent can be in prime health, or one of your sadder succulents that have been dropped *guilty*, bruised, grown too tall, or stretched from lack of light etc. I have even propagated some succulents that I’ve found root rot on near the lower part of the stem, that have reproduced perfectly happy & healthy new babies! So instead of throwing away the whole damaged succulent *single tear* why not try to at least get one or two babies out of it on its way out?? (note: if you pull leaves from a succulent that you found rot or aphids on, I suggest keeping those leaves separate from your other healthy propagation babies, JUST to be safe & not spread any potential unseen aphids or rot to healthy leaves).


Before plucking any leaves for propagating, I do a preliminary check underneath the lower leaves of the mama succulent first, many times you will find leaves that have been accidentally knocked loose from the stem & are just laying on the soil underneath mama & that have already begun the propagation process all on their own. This is like finding buried treasure. (Perfect example is this guy I just found underneath mama Perle, loungin’ on top of the pumice she’s planted in.


When you find these leaves underneath mama, you have 2 options, either leave it tucked under mama until it grows large enough to need it’s own pot, or pull it out from underneath & set on top of a bed of PUMICE or a 50/50 mix of PUMICE & cactus soil to continue growing. Either way, you’re already on the road to your kabillion succulents.


Now comes the fun part, the plucking! So one of the biggest keys to a high success rate in propagating is making sure to pluck the leaf correctly! If you don’t, the likelihood of your leaf reproducing is much lower. When removing leaves for propagating, you want to gently grab the sides of the leaf with your thumb & pointer and wiggle it back & forth from side to side, slow & steady. After a few wiggles you will hear a sort of “pop” sound & the leaf should completely release from the stem without tugging or pulling. During the plucking process you want the whole leaf to stay in tact, you want a “clean break”. If you wiggle too abruptly or at a wrong angle, or try to just pull the leaf off, typically a small part of the leaf will break & remain on the stem & chances are your baby leaf will not successfully reproduce if this happens. (Tip: The bottom leaves of the mama are most likely to give you the best results & release most easily)

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After you’ve plucked your little heart out & have a handful of leaves ready to reproduce, it’s pretty easy breezy from here on out. I have personally found the best success from laying the plucked leaves immediately onto a bed of dry, pure PUMICE. (I use our 1/8″ or 3/16″ size pumice for my propagation trays)

Here’s the benefits of using Pumice vs. just soil – our PUMICE is:

  • SUPER dry – which is very important for freshly plucked leaves (they are more susceptible to over-absorbing water & rot until they have been given time to callous.
  • Packed with minerals & nutrients that help boost growth & photosynthesis while your new babies are growing big & strong.
  • Sterile – ultra-clean, free from harmful bacterias, molds, & insects that can be hiding in soil or other natural amendments.
  • pH Neutral – unlike other amendments it will not effect alkalinity or acidity, giving a more stable, neutral home for your babies to thrive.


Once you’ve placed your leaves on a bed of PUMICE (if you don’t have pumice place them on a dry tray or paper towel; however, I highly suggest NOT placing them on soil at this point). Now, place the tray somewhere dry, with indirect or filtered sunlight (ie. in a south-facing window that gets morning light, or a shady area of your outdoor garden that gets morning sun only), do NOT place them somewhere that gets lots of direct sunlight or where they will get very hot or cold at any point throughout the day. The next part is probably the hardest part, LEAVE THEM ALONE. Ha! Let the freshly plucked leaves callous for at least 3-5 days without watering them or touching them AT ALL. Until the new leaf callouses, the “head” (where it was detached from the mama) is like a super sponge water absorber, & the leaves are most susceptible to rot at this point because of that factor. So LEAVE THEM ALONE, & away from areas that get morning dew or any sort of water at all.

After the leaves have had their time of solitary confinement, you can start paying a little bit of attention to them. Leave them in this dry, indirectly sunlit spot & after 5 days to a week you can begin to very LIGHTLY spritz around the leaves with water using a spray bottle once a week. During the early stages I like to spray closely around the leaf, but not directly on it, just to be safe & keep from over-hydrating/rotting the head of the leaf. Propagating leaves can grow with very minimal water, but cannot handle over-hydration. This is another common mistake made during propagation. It’s honestly better to deprive/under-water than over-water your babies in the beginning stages. Many people will actually wait until pink roots are visible to begin watering in general!

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After a few weeks, sometimes it can even take months with certain varieties of succulents, your baby leaves will start sprouting beautiful pink roots. This is when you finally have verification that your baby leaf is on its way to becoming a toddler. Keep misting/spraying your succulents once a week at this point (every other week during the winter) & just be patient. Confession: the waiting can be SO frustrating & it may seem like nothing is happening, SO I suggest taking progress pictures every other week to visibly see the growth you may not notice day to day. But STILL, leave them alone, do not move or pick up or pull the leaves to check if the roots are growing, this can disturb the roots & actually cause them to wither & die.

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Once your leaf has lots of pink roots & has finally sprouted a pup (your new tiny succulent), you can transfer it from the tray to it’s own pot! (still keeping it in a south facing window or shaded, brightly lit part of your garden) I typically like to transport them to a 2″ recycled nursery pot or terra cotta pot with a mixture of 60% PUMICE, 40% cactus soil! Make sure whatever pot you transfer to has TONS of drainage (again, excess water equals rot & all that patience you’ve had thus far goes out the window). I typically leave the mama leaf on when transferring the pup as long as possible, it helps continue to lend nutrients to the pup as it grows, and the mama leaf will eventually either fall off on its own or get SUPER dry & crunchy & be easily removed when ready & done supplying nutrients to the pup.


When transferring simply set the leaf in the middle of its new pot & sprinkle a tiny bit of pumice or your pumice/soil mixture on top of the roots & once again, do not water for a few days while the pup is getting established in its new home. I like to continue to spritz water until the mama leaf has fallen off & I am certain that the baby is grown enough & resilient enough to withstand normal watering.


Once the roots are planted, all that’s left to do is really just kick back, relax, & wait for continued growth, watering once a week or whenever you feel the soil is bone dry. Additional tip: If you can give them a drink of rain water that is also super helpful (rainwater is packed full of minerals & washes away excess salts, dirt, & dust that may have settled on the pup or in the soil).


Alright, that’s all folks. It’s truly that easy. The biggest factors that trip people up are the process of plucking the leaves, (remember clean break, gentle wiggle) putting the leaves in the wrong environment to grow (no direct hot sunlight, they sunburn immediately like your palest friend at the beach) & no overwatering or premature watering after plucking (when in doubt, risk under-watering rather than overwatering). & for the thirtieth time LEAVE THEM ALONE to do their thing, I know they’re cute & you want to take videos & photos of the progress but do all those things without touching or moving them. Lastly, keep in mind, not EVERY leaf is going to reproduce, regardless of how perfectly you pluck the leaf & pristine your environment, sometimes they just don’t make it. I’ve found I have generally a 70% survival rate with my propagating leaves, so give yourself some grace for the lost ones & keep plucking away.

I hope this was helpful! If you have any other questions or comments PLEASE leave them below, I’d love to help in any other ways I can! ❤

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Here’s an additional bit of advice/reading, just a few of the most Frequently Asked Questions I get on instagram about propagating:



What are some of the best/easiest types of succulents to propagate? Especially for a Beginner??

     GREAT QUESTION! So some sorts that I & others have had great/quick results are:

  • Thicker-leaf succies (like Graptoveria & Echeverias: Opalinas, Lolas, Lilacinas, Fred Ives, etc)
  • Ghost Plants, & Dwarf Ghost Plants
  • Sedum Burro’s Tail, String of Pearls
  • Kalanchoe (mother of thousands)
  • Panda Plant (one of my personal fuzzy favorites)
  • Sedum “Jelly Bean” or “Pork & Bean” plant

What do you do if you get mealy bugs in prop tray?

     Oooof, Mealybugs in your prop tray are worse than ants in your pants. First of all, immediately move the leaves/pups with mealies to their own separate tray to keep from contaminating other healthy leaves. After moving them, I have had the most success with spraying them with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, or if you want to be even safer mix equal parts alcohol & water, and spray your infected succies with that & check back in a few days. If the mealies are still there in a few days repeat the process again. Do not oversaturate them however!

How can I know when a leaf is a lost cause or has died?

     If your leaf starts becoming white/translucent, brown & mushy, or starting to get black spots or grow mold, or the roots turn brown & crunchy it’s time to say goodbye sadly. These are all signs that your leaf is dead/dying & can’t be revived. Also, if you’ve had a leaf or leaves on prop trays for a few months and there are no roots at all or changes in growth, that’s also bad news, time to restart.

How do I know when to water?

     DO NOT WATER AT ALL for at least 3-5 days after removing leaves from the mama stem, give time for the opening, exposed head of the leaf to callous & adapt, otherwise it will absorb too much water too quickly, & rot. I actually put the leaves on a bed of dry pumice & wait an average of 7-10 days before watering at all. After you’ve patiently waited, you can use a clean, empty spray bottle to spritz the soil around the leaf (rather than directly on the leaf), this causes the growing roots to stretch toward the moistened soil & grow more quickly. Until they are more mature continue to only spray with water once a week, then once you transfer to its own pot & the mother leaf has shriveled or been removed, you can start watering more frequently.

How do I know when to transfer my baby leaf to its own pot?

     Honestly, you can move your new baby whenever you want really. I usually prefer to wait until the leaf has sprouted a number of healthy pink roots and has a decent-sized pup (mini succulent) growing out of the leaf. The most important factor is that you move the leaf as little as possible, other than that it’s totally up to whenever you’re ready!

Hope you enjoyed the blog & learned something new!

Until Next time friends,

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Oh Hey Pumpkin! ♥ DIY Succulent Pumicey-Pumpkin

          There’s a chill in the air, everything is pumpkin-spiced, the leaves are crunchy, my 2nd favorite part of the year is upon us, Happy FALL ya’ll! Though we’re only about halfway through the fall season, it’s FLYING by, & ashamedly as I type this I actually already have Christmas music blaring in the background, feel free to judge all you want LOL (I can’t help it, I have feliz navidad disease). ANYWAYS! We’ve worked on a couple fall pieces so far, and the first DIY is one that I’m sure you’ve already probably seen everywhere, however we put a little bit different of a spin on it…a PUMICE-EY spin of course!



          You’ve probably seen them on Pinterest or Instagram, because simply carving pumpkins is not good enough, us crazy plant ladies have to take it a step further & put succulents on everything, including those orange gourdy beauties. If you’ve seen any of these DIY’s, people typically use real mini/large pumpkins & use craft glue or hot glue to  attach moss to the top of the pumpkin, & then proceed to hot glue the succulents around the stem of the pumpkin on top of the moss. This way works, however the succulents cannot thrive in the soil-less environment with minimal hydration, so it is definitely meant to only be a very temporary home for the succulents. The glued succys will quickly need to be removed from the pumpkin within a few weeks and re-planted into well-draining soil as they require. HOWEVER, when I saw these pins & DIYs I was a bit flummoxed because for me, if I’m going to put my heart & soul & time into creating this fall-themed piece of artwork I want it to thrive & last! I want it to be happy & healthy, & last the whole Fall season if not longer! That’s when I came up with our take on this DIY. So grab your pumpkin-spiced latte, UGG boots, & let’s get to DIY-in’.




  • Lots of Succulents, duh!
  • Faux Pumpkins (We got ours from Michael’s with a coupon for $5.98 each!)
  • A bag of our PUMICE, obviously! ♥
  • Quick-draining Cactus/Succulent Soil (we always use Kellogg Palm, Cactus, Citrus mix)
  • Your usual Potting Tools
  • Scissors or a sharp knife
  • A serrated knife or pumpkin carving knife
  • Chalk Paint (whatever color you’d like your pumpkin to be)
  • Hot Glue Gun or Quick Drying Craft Glue
  • Coffee, lots & lots of coffee 🙂


          First things first, my favorite part of the DIY project, succulent shopping! So we bought our succulents wholesale from a local grower Rancho Vista Nursery, because we are making 11 succulents pumpkins to use as centerpieces at a party, so will need A LOT of succulents. When buying succulents for any project, my advice is always BUY MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED! The first few projects I did I bought what I thought would be the exact amount I would need & ALWAYS ran short. So now, I buy a handful of extra succulents to be safe, because it’s always better to have too many succulents than not enough right? 🙂


          So let’s talk how to choose succulents, the general rule of picking succulents for a project like this is you want “thrillers”, “spillers”, & “fillers”. What does that mean? “Thrillers” are the eye-catching succulents, the focal point of your project that thrill the eye, whether in color, size, or texture; we chose one of these for the center of each pumpkin. “Spillers” are your hanging succulents, the sedum donkey’s tail, string of pearls/bananas, crassulas, etc. anything that will trail & hang down the side of the pumpkin to create more dimension in your piece. & lastly, “fillers“, these are going to be the bulk of the succulents you’ll be buying that actually fill your pumpkins. We tried to pick a very wide variety of succulents for fillers, so that every pumpkin looks unique & has different colors, patterns, dimensions, & textures. One handy tip for fillers, instead of buying all individual 2-3″ succulents, consider buying 4-8” pots that have a mama to use as a thriller & the babies or cuttings around her as fillers, this will save you significantly.


This is a perfect example of a “Thriller” we picked out to use in the center of our pumpkins!

          Once you’ve chosen all your succulents, the NEXT STEP is to prep your pumpkins & soil! As I said earlier, we purchased our faux pumpkins at Michael’s,  with a coupon we paid $5.98 per pumpkin. This is the biggest difference with our DIY, instead of using real pumpkins, we are using sturdy plastic pumpkins, that are hollow on the inside so can be cut open & filled with proper draining soil & utilized as permanent container homes for your succulents!  

          To prep your pumpkins, you will need your serrated knife or carver to carve the top of the pumpkin off (like you would when you make a jack-o-lantern!) You can also drill a few holes in the bottom of each pumpkin for better drainage.


          Once you have all your pumpkins carved, you can make them even more unique & choose to paint them. I suggest painting with chalk paint to give that rustic, farmhouse chic look. We chose to paint some rose gold, & a few with rose gold polka dots as well to give each centerpiece it’s own unique vibe!

AfterlightImage copy 7 Next step, proper SOIL. 

      Since we’ve turned our plastic pumpkins into actual permanent containers the soil we use is CRUCIAL, just like in any other succulent planter. The most important part of growing healthy succulents is your soil! Just like “you are what you eat” so are your succulents! & the key ingredient for healthy, nutrient-rich succy soil is PUMICE. Our Pumice is KEY because it creates proper drainage while getting more oxygen flowing through your soil, & it absorbs excess water so reduces the chances of overwatering & rot. Our pumice also has dozens of additional minerals that nourish the soil & plants even more. (You can read more benefits about our pumice HERE).

          So, for these pumpkins I used our size 3/16″ pumice, mixed 50/50 with Kellogg Cactus soil, as I recommend for all succulent containers & gardens. Once you have your pumice/soil mixed, you’re going to want to fill each pumpkin all the way to the brim, & create a taller soil mound in the center of the pumpkin so the middle focal succulent will be elevated higher than all the rest & create a more attractive dimension to your pumpkin!AfterlightImage

Now the moment we’ve all been waiting for, finally TIME TO PLANT!

         Time to get the creative juices flowing. I find the best way to tackle a planting project like this, especially for us doing so many at once, is to pick out all your “thrillers” first & set them next to the pumpkin you’ll be putting them in. Once you have chosen which succulent you’re going to use as the focal AfterlightImage copy 2point of each centerpiece, you can much more easily envision the rest & build around that. Once you’ve made your thriller selections, it’s time to start planting. So, start by removing the root ball from each succulent, (as pictured to the right). Gently pull the succulent out of the container and massage as much soil off of the roots as possible, you always want to do this when planting because this allows you to loosen roots that may have clumped together while growing in the nursery pot, so the roots can breathe better.

          Once you’ve gotten the soil off of the roots, create a deep hole in the center of the mound you built in your pumpkin planter & plant the stem/roots of the succulent as deep as you can, this creates a much sturdier centerpiece. I mean the last thing you want is a wobbly pumpkin, amIright? So now after you have all your thriller-focal point succulents planted start going to town with your “fillers”. My favorite go-to fillers are Zebra Haworthias, Elephant Bush, Graptoverias, & the ever-lovely Perles.

afterlightimage-copy.jpg     Always remember when planting a project like this the most important aspect of designing is HAVE FUN WITH IT! There is no science or blueprint to designing & planting a succulent container. Every single one is unique & the point of planting it in the first place is to enjoy yourself during the process & then enjoy the final product! The process is what makes it so beautiful & soul-soothing. So don’t stress out about placement, colors, patterns, or textures too much, don’t try to copy ones you’ve seen on instagram or Pinterest, build one that reflects YOU & your personality & style. Honestly just do whatever YOU like best & what combinations/colors tickle your fancy most!

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       Your last & finishing touches of your pumpkin shenanigans, are your “spillers”. As we discussed earlier, the spillers are the succulents you’ll add around the outer edges of the pumpkin’s rim that will waterfall over the side, giving a fuller dimension & will complete the look of your pumpkin. When it comes to spillers, in my opinion, you can never have too many! On some pumpkins I also used 2 different types of spillers, & I loved the results! So grab your hot glue gun, string of pearls or donkey tails, and get to spilling! You don’t HAVE to hot glue the spillers, or any of the succulents, however I knew I would be transporting this a few hours away & wanted to be sure they were all securely in tact when they get to their destination. Do not fret one bit, the glues will NOT damage your succulents, just make sure to remove them VERY carefully when/if you choose to dismantle your pumpkin in the future, and they’re ready to replant!

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& That’s It!      

     As you can see it’s really not all that complicated to build these beauties! So, run to Michael’s, grab a plastic pumpkin, a bag of pumice, & create a gorgeous centerpiece for your fall-themed front porch, office desk, or fall dinner party, or heck, since you’re planting them in a proper container with healthy soil, you can even build them this weekend & save them to use as a Thanksgiving centerpiece. It will be just as luscious & gorgeous in a month for turkey day as it is now!

     So that’s that! Thank you so much for reading & hopefully creating along! & a special thank you to the real MVP @iwasakiphotos for taking all these amazing photos & helping me build a ridiculous amount of these LOL. Also, if you end up making your own give me a shoutout on Instagram @SexySucculents_ ! I’d love to see how YOUR pumpkins turn out!

     Now if you excuse me, I’m back to stuffing my face with pumpkin pie while listening to my Christmas music & watching cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies ;P 

Until next time,

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End of Summer DIY Succulent Grill

       It’s that time of year again friends, I can’t even believe it but summer is coming to an end. To celebrate such an amazing season we wanted to make a unique summer-themed pumice project we’d never tried before, & honestly what says summer more than an old barbecue grill OVERLOWING with succulents & Pumice?!

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(Please note: no bbq’s or succulents were harmed in the making of this Labor Day Party centerpiece; We only created it as a temporary piece, the succulents will all soon be replanted in long-term containers with drainage holes & the bbq will be once again used to flame-grill delicious meats)

SO LET’S GET TO DIY-ing! Here’s how this baby came to life & how you can make your own!  First things first, let’s talk SUPPLIES! 

What you need:

  1. Old Barbecue (any style works really! whatever you have laying around or find that you like)
  2. AfterlightImage copy 5Succulents (…too obvious? LOL Really though, make sure you buy a good variety of sizes & colors that work well together!)
  3. PUMICE, lots & lots of pumice! Shop OUR pumice here!
  4. Quick-draining Soil (I always buy Kellogg’s Palm, citrus, cactus soil; or E.B. Stone Succulent soil from Home Depot/Lowe’s because both of those already have a small % of our pumice in them!) 
  5. & lastly, an ice cold Lemonade & some summer tunes to enjoy while you pot.   

That’s literally IT. That’s all you really need, it’s a ridiculously easy & inexpensive yet chic way to show off your succulent planting skills & fancy up your backyard for an end of the summer bash!

Next Step, Soil & BBQ Prep. (& puppy petting)

     What many people fail to realize is how important using GOOD SOIL is to the life & quality of your succulents! I always tell people that the principle “you are what you eat” applies to your succies, they will only be as healthy & vibrant as the “food” (soil) you plant them in. Succulents need soil that drains extremely quickly since they do not like excessive hydration, especially around the root zone. This is why using PUMICE is so crucial:AfterlightImage copy

     Our Pumice absorbs any excess water that might gather around your succulent’s roots or in the soil & locks that moisture in until the soil has dried out & needs rehydrating! Pretty crazy right?! PUMICE is even more crucial when planting in something that does not have drainage holes, like this grill; I wanted the grill to still be use-able after we took the succulents out, so I didn’t drill holes in the bottom. Because of that, I used a higher percentage of pumice (60% pumice, 40% soil) than I typically would (standard succulent soil for pots with drainage holes is 50% pumice 50% cactus soil). If you want your succulent BBQ to be a permanent fixture in your backyard however, simply drill a dozen or so drainage holes in the ACS_0147bottom!

     Using pumice also makes the soil much less dense, which allows more oxygen to the roots, because the pumice creates pocket airways for the oxygen to flow through, which also helps boost the vitality of your succies.

Once you’ve mixed your pumice & soil together, fill the grill ALL THE WAY to the brim, & then create a tall mound in the center of the grill. Creating a mound will give your arrangement a more eye-catching dimension, so all your succulents are not all laying flat at the same depth & squished together. Planting the succulents at gradual heights using the mound displays each & every gorgeous succulent individually.

NEXT, once you have your grill filled & mound formed, I like to “pre-arrange” the succulents inside the grill on top of the soil in their nursery pots to get an idea of what they will look like once planted (like a succy schematic). This is mainly just to envision what succulents will look best color, size, & shape-wise next to one another. There’s no exact science to it, so just let your creative juices start flowing & figure out which textures & colors & sizes you like next to each other & then snap a photo to look back to reference once you start actually planting! Or forget the blueprinting & just gung-ho start planting away, we all need to just fly by the seat of our pants sometimes, right?

NOW LET’S PLANT BABAY! Once you’re ready to start planting, begin by taking the succulents out of the nursery pot & removing all of the old soil from the roots 

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       Remember, planting isn’t a science, it’s an artistic expression & every single person has a different design eye & style, which is what makes succulent planting so awesome & each project so SO unique! Think about it, I could give you the same exact BBQ, with the same exact succulents I used here, & your BBQ would probably turn out COMPLETELY different & just as if not even more gorgeous! So while you’re planting remember that, it’s not supposed to be stressful or rigid, it’s a fun experience meant to be enjoyed & meant to be an outlet for you to express your creativity & personality/style!

       So that’s really all it takes, friends! It’s honestly super simple, easy, relatively inexpensive & SO fun, especially if you invite a friend over to do it! We just jammed out to some good ‘ol 90’s music, drank lots of iced coffee, enjoyed ourselves & got to create something gorgeous that was a HUGE topic of conversation at the summer bbq party, & I hope you’ll do the same if you choose to make this beauty! Thanks so much for reading & happy end-of-summer dear friends.

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       Oh! & before I forget! For upkeep, if you choose to make this a permanent fixture in your yard, I would suggest watering it at least once a week (or whenever the soil is dry to the touch when sticking your finger as deep down in the soil as possible). Note too, once it gets cooler where you live, then you may be able to get away with once every other week, watering schedule for succulents in the winter is always different than watering in the summer, don’t forget that! Also, if it gets very chilly at night where you live or over the winter I would suggest either covering it with a blanket or protective covering of some sort, OR transplanting these babies into a greenhouse or individual pots until it warms up again (that’s what I chose to do).

If you have any questions at all, or if I left anything out PLEASE feel free to comment below! I’d love to hear from you guys & what you thought of this blog/creation!!!

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to enjoy the last few days left of official summer, so until next time friends,

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