DIY Fall Mini White Painted Succulent Pumpkin

Halloween is almost here and pumpkin carving season is here! Growing up, we never did Halloween, so I missed out on the pumpkin thing for most of my life, but when I met my husband, he introduced me to October pumpkin decorating and carving parties--and I've been celebrating Fall with pumpkins ever since!

Over the years, I've learned it's best for me to just to keep pumpkin decorating quick, easy, and simple. 

Which is where this idea comes in! I saw a faux succulent pumpkin planter at Home Goods and wanted to make a real version! Completely did this rogue, with no instructions, which means I made some "mistakes" and have tips to share if you decide to make one too!

DIY White Painted Succulent Pumpkin
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Steps to Make a DIY Fall White Painted Succulent Pumpkin

Time Required: 45 - 60 minutes

First, Gather Your Materials.

  • Pumpkin
  • Succulents
  • Spray Paint 
  • Pumpkin carving tools

For this particular Painted Succulent Pumpkin, I used one mini-pumpkin, 3 2-inch succulents, and one 4-inch succulent. I could probably write a whole other post about picking healthy succulents, but typically you will NOT find them at your big-box home improvement store (or even Whole Foods). I like finding my plants at local nurseries, like these beauties I found at Enchanted Gardens in Richmond, Texas. For the spray paint, I used the Krylon COVERMAXX Spray in Matte White

DIY White Painted Succulent Pumpkin

Second, Remove the Top of Your Pumpkin and Clean Out the Insides.

When I first removed the top, I cut too high on the pumpkin and could only fit one succulent (and it looked pretty crazy). So, I had to cut lower to fit more succulents in the pumpkin planter. Also, I thinned out the insides of the pumpkin to fit the dirt and succulents. If you're worried about drainage, you can cut a drainage hole in the bottom of the pumpkin. 

DIY White Painted Succulent Pumpkin

Third, Spray or Hand Paint the Pumpkin.

This is where I was clearly in a rush, and did the spray painting before, planted, and then touched it up. Which was the complete wrong order. So I would recommend, spray painting or hand painting before planting. You probably need 2 coats at least. I was running short on time, but would do this if I had to do it all over again. 

DIY White Painted Succulent Pumpkin

Finally, Pot & Display!

This mini pumpkin succulent planter makes a cute addition to our kitchen counter, but you totally use this outside, on a mantle, or pretty much anywhere in your home! 

DIY White Painted Succulent Pumpkin
DIY White Painted Succulent Pumpkin
DIY White Painted Succulent Pumpkin

If you make this, let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below! You can also leave a comment or message me on Instagram. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! 

Jackie Boylhart Mozart & Shiplap Lifestyle Blog