I recently took this incredible class at the Gardens on Spring Creek. It was taught by volunteer extraordinaire, Nancy Frank, who teaches a number of classes, including one on making holiday wreaths (yep, I'm signed up for that one too).
This class focused on taking miniature pumpkins (or gourds if you prefer) and gluing succulents on them. Now, before you think this is plant torture, look at the result! They are soooooooo cute!
|Pumpkin centerpiece with succulents.|
Here's the thing--you do nothing to the pumpkin except snap off the stem. You don't cut the pumpkin or carve it. You don't fill it with potting media. The pumpkin stays intact. Interested in doing one for yourself? Try it. It's a lot of fun. In fact, I just taught eight of my co-workers to make one and they couldn't get enough.
Here's what you need:
- Hot glue gun (low temp preferred to reduce burning of your fingers)
- Spray adhesive (found at a craft store or office supply store)
- Miniature pumpkins or gourds
- Sheet moss (found at any craft store; I bought a bag that made at least 12 for $3.99)
- Succulents, such as sedum or hen and chicks
- Adornments, such as berries (real or fake), acorns, ornamental grass plumes, seedheads, etc.
Here's how to make it:
Plug in your hot glue gun and let it warm up. Wash your pumpkin if it has any soil or grime. Dry it thoroughly. Then snap off the stem. A well-cured pumpkin will have a straw brown stem and the flesh cannot be punctured by a fingernail. Take a small portion of moss and fit it to the size of your pumpkin. The moss should not be too thick, nor should it cover the entire pumpkin.
|Snap off that stem! And size your moss.|
|Spray adhesive...just one of many you can buy.|
|Moss stuck to the spray adhesive.|
|A little glue will do 'ya!|
|Hen and chicks are fantastic for this project.|
|The tip of Angelina sedum. Do you know about Angelina? She's amazing. Lime green all summer and then turns orange when cold temperatures set in. She's awesome and I can't say enough good things. Every garden needs Angelina.|
|Keep filling in with sedum and other succulents.|
|Micaela used alder cones, the arils from euonymus, ornamental grass plumes and succulents. Can we say Ah-Maze-Ing? Amazing!|
|Various types of sedum, penstemon seedpods and eucalyptus seeds.|
|How great is the pumpkin coloration on the left?! This one has bittersweet berries.|
The one on the right is a cute white pumpkin with sedum with red tips.
|This one has acorns and poppy seedpods.|
|The gourd that looks like a shoe! The stem really makes this one, I think. I made this one and it's my favorite of those I created.|