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Pumpkin & Succulent Autumn Centrepiece


I was going to my family Thanksgiving dinner and was looking for something quick and easy to give the hostess, especially since I didn’t have to bring any food.  Did I think ahead and get something on my last shopping trip?

Of course not.

Thankfully I was inspired by my succulents that were in need of re-potting, my sweet little pumpkins, and the need to do something creative.

The best part?  Everyone loved it and couldn’t believe that I made it.

You can too!

Prepare the pumpkin

The hardest part of this DIY is cutting the hole in the pumpkin.  If you’re using a larger pumpkin, trace the container over the top and cut your pumpkin hole.  Smaller pumpkins can be filled with dirt.  Bonus: your hostess gift is fully compostable.

Arrange the succulents

Once your pumpkin is cut and filled with dirt, you can start filling it with succulents.  Start with the tallest one in the centre and fill the edges with smaller and longer ones.

Try to use at least three different types of succulents.

If something looks off, cut it and put the cut piece somewhere else in the arrangement.

Succulents are incredibly forgiving plants.  Cut bits will form roots within days, and any leaves that fall can be set on dirt to propagate more succulents.

Related: How to Propagate and Care for Succulents

Once you’ve arranged your succulents the way you’ve liked, place your gorgeous new arrangement where it can be admired and enjoy your handiwork.

Makes a great hostess gift, Thanksgiving centrepiece, or even fall wedding decor.

When the pumpkin starts to go bad, transfer your new succulent babies into a small pot or bowl and enjoy them all winter long.

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Obsessed with pumpkins?  Me too!  Here’s how to process your garden pumpkins, a yummy biscuit, and my favourite bread, as well as a chia seed pudding that gets me going in the morning.

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Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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