Plant Succulents in Pumpkins for a Modern Fall Tablescape

A pumpkin and succulent fall tablescape

Tiny white pumpkins planted with succulents add a modern touch on this table. Pumpkins and gourds in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes give tons of interest, and a few snips of fresh eucalyptus tie the look together on a simple table runner made of dropcloth.

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the cool, crisp air and the warm and cozy color palettes, and I love pumpkins. I know, I know, I’m not alone. Pumpkins are ubiquitous in fall, to the point that you could almost get tired of them. And I probably would be tired of them if it weren’t for the variety that seems to increase year after year. Pumpkins aren’t just orange anymore — they’re white, green, striped, color-blocked. And there are gourds, too, in a multitude of shapes and sizes. Just think of all the pumpkins you can pick now!

When imagining a fall display for our dining room table, I knew I wanted to include lots of varieties of pumpkins, and I also wanted to bring in some green plants. Easy-care succulents offered the perfect solution. Check them out here in these little pumpkin planters I created in almost no time.

Succulent planted in a small white pumpkin.

Succulents planted in tiny pumpkins

I found that a young echeveria fits perfectly into a tiny hollowed-out pumpkin. Just carefully cut the top off the pumpkin using a knife. Scoop out the seeds using a spoon. (Save some for roasting if you’d like.) Fill with a little soil (you can probably use some from the pot that the succulent comes in) and place your succulent inside the pumpkin.

Any succulents should do fine, but I also chose a few special plants for the Halloween season. Spiderweb succulents (Sempervivum arachnoideum for you fellow plant geeks) have a freaky-cool look befitting the Halloween season. Natural, web-like structures (called trichomes) protect these plants from potential pests. Check it out.

spiderweb succulent in pumpkin planter

spiderweb succulents

When I’m ready to remove this tablescape, I’ll replant the succulents in pots using more soil for the long-term growth and health of the plants. I might transplant them all into a strawberry pot succulent garden.

A fall tablescape with pumpkins and succulents

If you like this idea or try it, let me know in the comments! And show us your fall and holiday tablescapes and pumpkin projects on Instagram using the hashtag #maderemade.

2 Responses

  1. [...] Yeah, it’s not a secret I can’t keep succulents alive – tidbit of information I should have known before I killed all of mine: they need direct sunlight.  Lots of it!  I don’t get direct sunlight for more than 2 hours in my house because all of our windows are North and South-facing.  So succulents die at my hands.  But hey, if you have light (or if you wouldn’t intend on re-planting these later), you should totally try this project out!  I think it looks pretty darn clever!  Found via Apartment Therapy, but the creator is Kelly Smith Trimble and you can see her work on The DIY Network blog. [...]

  2. Michelle Reynolds says:

    I LOVE this!


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I grow vegetables wherever I can find enough sunlight and forage roadsides and hiking trails for plants that can be used to make natural dyes. You can find both vintage ...

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