For Your Thanksgiving Day Table

 

 

What you need:

  • 1 'mini pumpkin' (shown is a Baby Boo white pumpkin)
  • a handful of sphagnum moss
  • a dozen succulent cuttings 
  • 3 medium succulents 
  • 3 vertical succulent cuttings 3 inches high

Supplies:

  • a glue gun and a glue stick
  • spray adhesive  (I used Design Master Tack 2000)
  • a garbage bag
  • a pencil to use as a push stick
  • vinyl or nitrile gloves (use while spraying adhesive)
  • an old pie tin for your glue gun to sit in

Steps: 3

 

Rated: Easy Arrangement

This white 'mini pumpkin' is called a 'Baby Boo Pumpkin' but miniature pumpkins are technically gourds.  I could give you a real long explanation, but one distinguishing feature is pumpkins have yellow flowers and gourds have white flowers.  There are some gourds that you can eat including the Baby Boo and the Cinderella 'Pumpkin'.  See link from Reference.com:  https://www.reference.com/food/can-eat-gourds-c1715921e718f19c                                                                                                                                      Here's a link for those interested in the differences between pumpkins and gourds from Missouri Botanical Garden:  http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/help-for-the-home-gardener/advice-tips-resources/gardening-help-faqs.aspx?questionid=274&afmid=4462    

 A recent post on FloristInYou entitled 'Fall Succulent Pumpkin Centerpieces' featured much larger Cinderella 'Pumpkin' centerpieces.  This post is a mini version of that project and it is much easier to make.  The mini pumpkins are tiny.  They don't weigh much and don't need as many succulent cuttings.  In fact, you could easily make one mini succulent topped 'pumpkin' for each of your guests at Thanksgiving Dinner.  They could grace your dinner table and then your guests could each take one home.

Make sure to let your succulent cuttings sit for 24 hours after cutting them before you make the succulent topped pumpkin.  And then, to keep your succulents happy afterward, mist them with water daily.  When your pumpkin finally goes the way of all veggies, just cut off the top and plant your little garden in the ground.  As a reminder, after you put hot glue from the hot glue gun on the ends of the succulents, do not push the succulents down with your fingers.  (You know why if you read the last pumpkin post.)  So, always use a pencil as a push stick.

Well, if you have your cuttings and supplies let's begin.  This will be just in time for the holidays.

 

Put garbage bag down to protect surface.  Spray top of 'pumpkin' with spray adhesive.

Put garbage bag down to protect surface.  Spray top of 'pumpkin' with spray adhesive.

Cover top of 'pumpkin' with moss and press down to adhesive.

Cover top of 'pumpkin' with moss and press down to adhesive.

Put hot glue on bottom of 3 medium sized succulents and put on top.

Put hot glue on bottom of 3 medium sized succulents and put on top.

Use pencil to press succulent down after putting hot glue on bottom of succulent.

Use pencil to press succulent down after putting hot glue on bottom of succulent.

Add rest of succulents.  Have some hanging down.  

Add rest of succulents.  Have some hanging down.  

Put three tall stems coming out of the top.

Put three tall stems coming out of the top.

Make sure all sides look good.

Make sure all sides look good.

See all the different shades of green, the dark purple, the fuchsia flower.

See all the different shades of green, the dark purple, the fuchsia flower.

This is a close up.  See the hairs on the purple 'Wandering Jew' and the tiny succulent to the side then the micro succulent next to it, and the fuchsia flower.

This is a close up.  See the hairs on the purple 'Wandering Jew' and the tiny succulent to the side then the micro succulent next to it, and the fuchsia flower.

Here's a rubber plant is to the left with the tiny fuchsia flower hanging lower.

Here's a rubber plant is to the left with the tiny fuchsia flower hanging lower.

See the tiny sea-foam green succulent, and the red tips on the succulents next to it.

See the tiny sea-foam green succulent, and the red tips on the succulents next to it.

You want it to be interesting from the top too.  You want variety in size, shape, and color.

You want it to be interesting from the top too.  You want variety in size, shape, and color.

You could have one large Cinderella 'pumpkin' and several Mini 'pumpkins' on your table top.

You could have one large Cinderella 'pumpkin' and several Mini 'pumpkins' on your table top.

You are done with this cute little succulent topped pumpkin.  This will add some fun to your holiday table.  Enjoy!

You are done with this cute little succulent topped pumpkin.  This will add some fun to your holiday table.  Enjoy!