I tried succulents this summer and they lasted a while. I think I watered them too much, then not enough. I have never claimed to have a green thumb. All of my other flowers survived the summer. In fact I hated to throw a couple away because they still looked good, but I knew their days were numbered.
When I saw succulents being planted in plastic pumpkins, I thought about trying it. I loved the look of it but could I grow them? Probably not.Next best thing – artificial succulents. If you look at them closely, they are very realistic looking. At least enough for me. Purchased at Hobby Lobby. They never go on sale – use a coupon.I figured one of my pumpkins from Dollar Tree (have you seen these?) would be good to experiment with. I usually buy at least 6-8 each year. Using a serrated knife, I cut a circle out of the top of the pumpkin. Anytime you cut styrofoam,a serrated knife is best. Or an electric one works well too for a bigger project.Using one of my favorite Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint, it was given a couple coats of paint. I love the Luxe Grey as it doesn’t look too grey, but gives it a bit more color than white. You do need to test the paint on styrofoam as some will “eat” through it.After drying for a couple hours, I filled this with potting soil since it would be easier to arrange the succulents in this as opposed to a styrofoam insert. Insert your succulents and arrange until you are happy with the layout. Fill in any empty areas with moss pressing it down into the planter. Moss also purchased at Dollar Tree.For a permanent arrangement, use styrofoam inside the pumpkin, and hot glue the succulents and moss in place.
This could even be done with fresh flowers using floral styrofoam. Water would leak through styrofoam pumpkins, so your flowers could be placed in a bucket or vase, then added to the pumpkin.
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