Pumpkins aren’t just for doorsteps anymore—and you can do so much more than carve them! Placing pumpkins and gourds in artful ways in your home provides warmth and whimsy, while accenting the season. Over the years, I have had so much fun getting creative with colorful pumpkins and gourds. Here I share a couple of easy, impactful ways to add a hint of fall to your home.
Don’t miss the video of how to make succulent-topped gourds at the end of this article. Supplies, which you can buy from Michaels or Joann’s, are minimal. Aside from gourds and mini succulents, you’ll need green moss, a hot glue gun and scissors. FYI, I find that Trader Joe’s has the best gourds for the price.
One of the keys is cutting the succulent stems short and making sure they attach to the gourd (instead of just the moss). My sister and niece and I had a ball creating these and they lasted through Thanksgiving. Strangely enough, despite the hot glue on their stems, the succulents don’t die. They start sprouting fresh roots, attaching themselves to the gourd.