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A Succulent Holiday Table

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There are so many things I LOVE about this project!  I love that it’s super simple, completely gorgeous, and is a “green” project (not wasting or harming the plants in order to create this lovely centerpiece). I can’t wait to put these together with my girls this weekend.

Unlike many of the pumpkin succulent pieces you may have seen floating around the web there is no need to actually cut into the pumpkin. The steps are easy. I’ve also included helpful tips for keeping your harvest decoration looking great, and ideas for planting the top of you arrangement after the holiday.

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED

  • Pumpkin(s)
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
  • Moss
  • Succulent Cuttings (a variety of kinds/colors)

TIP:  If you don’t already have some at home, you can buy them at your local nursery or hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s, in the plant section. A day or so before doing this project, make your succulent cuts, allowing the ends to dry out.

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES

  • Gloves (to wear when applying the moss sprayed with adhesive)
  • Butcher Paper or Newspaper (to protect your work surface)

Begin by prepping your work space. You may want to lay down some butcher paper/newspaper to protect your work surface… Also, if working inside, make sure it’s a well ventilated area since you’re using spray adhesive.

In small sections, spray the moss with an even layer of spray adhesive. Quickly place onto the top of the pumpkin , pressing down firmly, for a few seconds, to ensure that the moss adheres. Repeat the process with all of the pumpkins that you are decorating.

Once your pumpkin tops are covered with a decent layer of moss, warm up your glue gun, and gather your succulent cuttings {making sure you have an assortment of colors and variety}.

One-by-one, using your warmed up glue gun, glue the bottoms/ends of the succulent cuttings into the moss. Make sure you hold each piece, while gluing, for a few seconds so that it properly adheres.

Make sure that you are moving around the pumpkin or turning it, so that all sides are equally adorned and beautiful.

Don’t be afraid to use all sorts of succulent cuttings: different colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. It only adds more interest and charm. Tuck pieces in as you go… making the top of the pumpkin full and vibrant.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • To maintain your pumpkin succulent arrangement, mist daily with clean water, using a water bottle (wait to do so for 24-hrs, after initial gluing).
  • Since the pumpkin wasn’t cut into…. the arrangement should last for a couple of months, if taken care of properly. The succulent roots will begin going into the moss, and eventually into the pumpkin itself  (as the pumpkin begins to soften).
  • Once the pumpkin starts to deteriorate, carefully cut off the top of the pumpkin (the part containing the succulent arrangement), and plant into an appropriately sized pot with soil, or into your garden.
  • In climates that do not freeze, you can enjoy this arrangement year round, inside or out!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT SUCCULENTS

  • Succulents are very drought resistant, needing water infrequently after they’re established in a pot, or in your garden.
  • The cuttings from succulent pruning can root and grow into new plants. Simply plant the cuttings in a pot of moist potting soil and keep the soil moist until the cuttings root and show signs of new growth.
  • Succulents come in a variety of natural colors; however, they can flower in bold, beautiful shades.
  • Succulents attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds — depending on the type.

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