How to Make DIY Succulent Filled Faux Concrete Pumpkin Planters

Make these easy DIY succulent filled faux concrete pumpkin planters for Fall!

Welcome to the DIY Blog hop this Fall!

These DIY succulent filled faux concrete pumpkin planters look beautiful as a centerpiece in a Fall tablescape or as a coffee table vignette.  Pumpkin planters are an easy DIY that you can do in about an hour using a foam pumpkin from the craft store.  Speaking of DIYS, I hope you check out the rest of my home decor blogger friends’ DIYs on the blog hop! If you came from Jordan’s blog, A Blue Nest, welcome to the Cuter Tudor!  At the end of the post, you can click on the links to see more fall inspired and home decor DIY’s!


DIY succulent filled pumpkin planters
These DIY succulent filled pumpkin planters are easy to make, but look like real concrete planters.


How to make DIY succulent filled faux concrete planters:

Step 1. Spray Paint a Foam Pumpkin

Any foam or craft pumpkin with a removable stem will work.  If you get the foam pumpkins with attached stem, just cut off the top.  Remove the stem from your foam pumpkin and spray paint the pumpkin.  I used a metallic silver spray paint, like this one but any brand will work.  Allow the paint to dry completely before moving to the next step




Step 2. Dry brush.

Use chalk paint to ‘dry brush’ a layer of creamy white paint.  I used an inexpensive acrylic based chalk paint from the craft store.  It is only $2.50 for the tube, but works great for crafts! You can get it from Michael’s, here.  Dry brushing works best with old paint brushes, where the bristles are fanned out!  To dry brush, you only want paint on the tip of the brush, and not saturated. I keep a paper plate or paper towel nearby to dab off excess paint. Use vertical strokes to paint multiple thin layers, leaving some areas without coverage. Instead of applying more paint to the brush, continue to brush to get the smallest amount of paint onto the pumpkin while building lots of layers.



It is important to use several thin layers of paint to achieve a realistic look.  Whether you want the pumpkins to look like concrete planters or are painting pumpkins to look like real Cinderella pumpkins, layering with different colors or tones is key.




Step 3. Seal.

Allow the paint to dry and seal with an acrylic spray, like Krylon Crystal Clear, to add a durable protective finish.  Spray the sealer outside if possible to allow quicker dry time and avoid inhaling the spray.


Step 4. Insert succulent picks.

When I initially made these succulent filled concrete planters, I cut out the center of the pumpkin with scissors to insert the picks like below.  Later, I found that if you are using styrofoam pumpkins, you can push the succulent picks directly into the pumpkin.  To get it started, you could pierce the pumpkin with a screwdriver or insert a hole with a drill.  This is the easier way!  So now you can learn from my trial and errors.  Use a variety of sizes and types of succulents in your bouquet.  I found the cheapest succulent picks on Amazon, but you can get them from craft stores like Hobby Lobby to Walmart.


DIY succulent filled concrete planters
Insert the succulent stems directly in the pumpkin or cut out the center.


DIY Succulent Pumpkin Planters
A variety of succulents will make a beautiful bouquet.



Step 5.  Add moss.

Hot glue sections of sheet moss around the base of the succulent picks to the top of the pumpkin.  This will hide the stems or any holes in the pumpkin.  Pull various sections of the moss an inch or two down the pumpkin so that appears more natural.


 DIY succulent filled pumpkin
Use sheet moss to add a natural element.


DIY Succulent Pumpkin Planters
A variety of succulent picks will make a beautiful centerpiece.


Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor! I hope you are inspired to make your own DIY succulent filled, faux concrete pumpkin planters.  Please check out more amazing DIYS on our DIY blog hop!  Click any of the links below to head to my blogger friends’ blogs! Next stop on the tour is Kendra, Joy in our home! 



DIY succulents in faux concrete planters
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I DIYed That Fall Blog Hop

Jordan from A Blue Nest


Amy from Cuter Tudor


Kendra from Joy in Our Home


Areeba from Mint Candy Designs


Looking for a Fall project to try? This Easy DIY Fall Hoop Wreath is a quick and gorgeous way to bring fall into your home.

Jennifer from Noting Grace


Bree from The Homemaking Momma


Kelly from The Tattered Pew


Taylor from Uniquely Taylor Made


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13 thoughts on “How to Make DIY Succulent Filled Faux Concrete Pumpkin Planters

  1. These are beautiful, but somehow I missed a step. What type of pumpkin did you use? Is this a real pumpkin? Styrofoam? I’m confused. Thanks for sharing though!!

    1. Oops! I used the foam pumpkins from Walmart! You can find any at the craft store that work. If you use the hollow craft kind, drill holes to insert, but these are solid foam so the picks insert easily. I added the details, so thanks for catching that!

  2. These are the cutest, Amy! Your painting technique is amazing; you’d never know these are syrofoam!

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