I’ve decided that 2020 is the year of concrete crafts at the farm, so what better way to celebrate the arrival of Fall than with DIY concrete pumpkins. I can’t get enough of them, y’all! With a few inexpensive and easy to find supplies, you can make these beautiful pumpkins too!
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There are so many ways to create a personal touch to these fall DIY concrete pumpkins including but not limited to adding real pumpkin stems, dried vines, faux flowers or berries, and even small pinecones or acorns. The sky’s the limit!
Obsessed with Concrete
Although concrete can be a little messy at times, it’s quite easy to work with. It’s also a very inexpensive material when it comes to DIYs. It’s a wonderful media for making home decor to use inside or outside the home. Talk about durability!
This Fall I’m obsessed with making concrete pumpkins, much like I was obsessed this past Summer when I discovered how to make concrete bowls. If you’ve never tried to make concrete bowls, you’ll want to check out my post for them here. Fair warning: once you start, it’s hard to stop! Dare I say… These concrete pumpkins may even be more fun to make than the bowls!?
Fall IS Pumpkin Season
Along with leaves changing colors and cool crisp air, pumpkins are another telltale sign that Fall has arrived. At the farmhouse, I love to decorate for Fall with pumpkins. Whether they are real pumpkins or faux pumpkins, I say the more the merrier to celebrate the season. This year, I felt like adding something special to my pumpkin collection.
I wanted to add more texture to my fall decor and I needed some smaller pumpkins to use in vignettes. Since I still had concrete leftover from the Summer bowls, it didn’t take long before I decided I would try my hand at making some concrete pumpkins for fall.
DIY Concrete Pumpkins: Supplies
Concrete pumpkins are easy, inexpensive, and so fun to make! You can really let your creativity run wild. All you need to make these adorable concrete pumpkins for your home are a wide-mouth container, Quick-dry concrete, quality pantyhose (or trouser stockings), scissors, and some twine.
The beauty of this tutorial is that I am providing you with the exact materials that I found worked best for making the perfect DIY concrete pumpkins. Through trial and error here at the farm, I’ve taken the guesswork out of it for you.
Quality nylons are key. “Active” pantyhose and trouser socks make the best pumpkins. Although they are slightly more expensive, trousers socks work the best. In the end, the ease of using quality nylons outweighed the cost. (Note: The cheaper the nylon, the harder it is to peel off your pumpkin. Believe me, they make a fuzzy mess… I learned the hard way!)
Sifting out the small rocks from the quick drying concrete is key. After making concrete bowls, I realized that there is a tremendous amount of rocks in concrete. Although I loved the texture the rocks added to the bowls, I didn’t think they would be a good look for the pumpkins. Knowing that the concrete pumpkins were not going to be large a smooth look is ideal. In which case, the concrete should be as rock-free as possible.
Using an old net I found in the garage, I sifted out the rocks. An old window screen or a wire mesh or a plastic colander also work well. I highly recommend using gloves for this project because wet concrete has a very high alkaline (high ph). Gloves will help prevent the possibility of chemical burns.
Container or crock
The container used to hold the nylons open is also important. It needs to be wide enough that you can get a good amount of concrete in it. At the same time, the mouth of the container cannot be too wide, otherwise, your nylon will not fit around it. It took some trial and error to find the perfect container around the farmhouse to use. I ended up using an old crock to hold my nylons. It worked beautifully! You can also use an old ice cream container or a small sand pail.
Easily found at home improvement or craft stores, simple household jute twine works perfectly to make these concrete pumpkins. When tying it around the pumpkins, add as many or as few creases in the pumpkins as you like. Below I have added a few tips and tricks that night be useful when tying the twine around the pumpkins you make.
DIY Concrete Pumpkins: Tips and Tricks
Tight, but not too tight
When tying up your concrete-filled nylons with twine to make the creases for the pumpkins, be sure that the twine strings are not tied too tight. If the twine disappears into the nylon and the concrete to the point it can’t be seen, the concrete will dry around it. The twine strings will end up being buried in the dry concrete and it will be very difficult to cut and pull them out.
Not too close to the Knot
Also, be careful not to tie the twine too close to the top knot in the nylon or over the top knot. This will also cause you trouble once your pumpkins are dry and you are ready to cut off the nylon and twine.
Bottom is best
Finally, take caution when cutting off the twine and nylon once the pumpkins are dry (after 24-48 hours). I started at the bottom. I cut the twine off first and removed it. Then, I cut the knot in the nylon off and slowly peeled it upward.
Smooth it out
If you notice a texture to the concrete from the nylon that you’re not happy with, sponge off your pumpkins with some water and use 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out.
Let Your Creativity Run Wild
The best part of making these pumpkins is experimenting with their sizes and shapes. I was challenged by trying to make a taller pumpkin and some smaller ones.
Once all the DIY concrete pumpkins were dry and free from the twine and nylons, it was time for the fun part. It was time to decorate them. Walking around the farm, I searched for branches and other things in nature to make stems and curly vines to decorate my pumpkins. I also found some dried pumpkin stems from past pumpkins that I saved. They were perfect for decorating the pumpkins.
The fun of this DIY is making the concrete pumpkins as ornate or as simple as you choose. Enjoy decorating them. Adding faux flowers, berries, and leaves to these pumpkins is a beautiful idea too! Make them a reflection of you and your beautiful home.