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!
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.
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.
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!
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
Jennifer from Noting Grace
Bree from The Homemaking Momma
Kelly from The Tattered Pew
Taylor from Uniquely Taylor Made