We tried the pumpkin planter trend – here's how to make one yourself

Pumpkins aren't just for candles, clearly. Use your pumpkin as a planter this year and pop some cute succulents inside. Here's how to make yours...

Pumpkin planters: pumpkin with succulents inside on shelf
(Image credit: Future)

Bought a few too many pumpkins this year? Hate carving them? It is, admittedly, a fiddly job and there's only a certain amount of pumpkins you can carve until it gets a bit boring. What else to do with them? You could try turning them into planters. We've actually done this ourselves, and it took less than 20 minutes. Save this page and do it with the kids during half term. Or, if you have everything already, get to it today.

What do you need to make your own pumpkin planter? Simply enough, a pumpkin, a few succulents (or plants!) and some soil. You probably have this stuff laying around already (we did). And this is probably one of the easiest things to do with a pumpkin, ever. It should also last for a while. A great addition to your Halloween dining table, or even for your porch –  we just love this hack! 

Get your home ready for Halloween – inside and out – and dig into this DIY. Or, check out more no carve pumpkin ideas.

Pumpkin planter on thick chunky knit blanket

(Image credit: Future)

Pumpkin planter how to: 5 easy steps

  1. Pick your pumpkin! Choose its size depending on how many succulents you have, as well as how much soil you want to use.
  2. Cut around the top, take it off and scoop out the inside – save this for cooking!
  3. Fill with soil, almost to the top.
  4. Plant individual succulents inside.
  5. Fill in the gaps with cuttings of artificial succulents.

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Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our UK Shopping Editor, she spends much of her time giving advice on what you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a sofa bed for your spare room, accessories to give your space a new lease of life, shiny new appliances for a kitchen or some smart tech for an easier life. She's also our fitness and beauty guru, with hands-on experience with some of the top hair tools and the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, DIYing accessories to fit with her ever-changing colour scheme, or going on long walks with her pug. Next up on her to-renovate list is her bathroom...