• nativehummingbird

Bippity Boppity Boo

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

In this fairytale, it is the pumpkin who undergoes a dramatic transformation and lives happily ever after!

I realize that there is an abundance of similar tutorials out there with varying complexity. This is my simple and easy version that requires only 4 ingredients.

What you will need:

1. As many pumpkins as you like, in any size or color that you like

Mine are from Trader Joe's

2. Several small succulents (enough to full the amount of pumpkins you have)

If you live in California, Armstrong Garden Centers are super affordable and carry a huge selection

3. A good succulent soil mix

I use Hoffman Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix from Amazon

4. Pumpkin carving tools

I used "Pumpkin Masters Carving Party Kit" from Target, sold for $7

Optional: Awesome gardening hat and/or gardening gloves for soil

As with any pumpkin carving, start by cutting off the stem and scraping out the "guts" to create a hollow inside.

Next, run the pumpkin under water to remove any excess slime and seeds. Yucky!

Use your cutting tool to create small holes on the bottom of each pumpkin.

Contrary to popular belief, and depending on the weather, succulents can require a good amount of water to stay alive. Therefore, the ability to drain is extremely important to prevent mold and drowning :)

Once your pumpkin is clean and ready, try to gauge how much additional soil is needed to surround your succulents and the soil they were sold with.

Be sure to moisten your soil as you add it to match what you are working with on the roots of the plants.

Continue adding soil until there are no gaps and wipe any dustings off from the sides.

Your finished product will be a collection of beautiful fall decor and graveyard of plastic pots and pumpkin seeds as a reminder of all your hard work creating it.

I hope this was helpful and I hope even more that you have as much fun as I did with your new project!

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