These concrete pumpkins are such a fun DIY project for Halloween and Thanksgiving! It’s surprisingly easy to work with concrete, and you’ll be able to use these handmade decorations for years to come.
No need to worry about rotting pumpkins with these concrete pumpkins. You can display these DIY decorations for the entire fall season!
They’re made by pouring concrete into pantyhose and tying a pumpkin shape with twine. Concrete may be a little messy, but it’s SO EASY to work with – it just requires a bit of patience for it to dry.
I love how each pumpkin is completely unique! They look great displayed outside on a porch, especially when surrounded by other fall decorations, like mums, corn stalks, and bales of hay.
Check out our Concrete Pumpkins video tutorial:
*Note: Scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
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What kind of concrete do I need?
We used a ready to use concrete mix called “Quikrete” and were happy with the results. You can buy a large bag at a home improvement store, like Home Depot, for around five dollars.
Sometimes you can check the shelves for broken bags of concrete, or you can ask at the store if they have any damaged bags. I’ve bought 1/2 bags of “damaged” Quikrete where half the concrete was missing. Not only was the open bag lighter to carry, I also didn’t have to store the full bag when I was done my project.
What else can I use for the stem?
Thick hemp rope looks great as a stem for the concrete pumpkin. You can also use a dried branch, or even loop twine and wrap it around itself in a stem shape. Jewelry wire bent into vines or tendrils also makes a great addition to the stem.
Can I colour these concrete pumpkins?
Yes, you can either add colour to the concrete mix or you can paint the concrete after the pumpkin is dry!
Acrylic paint, latex paint, or fabric dye are great for adding subtle colours to the concrete mix. Powdered oxide pigment made for dying concrete will give you the brightest colours.
What safety tips should I know for working with concrete?
Concrete contains abrasive chemicals that can be dangerous when they come in contact with your skin or if the dust is inhaled.
Artsy Pretty Plants has a great article about working safely with concrete if you want more information.
How to Make a Concrete Pumpkin
- Large bowl or bucket (preferably not used for food)
Step 1: Mix concrete
- **Before beginning, make sure to read the tips section for safety information.**Add 3 - 4 cups of concrete to a large bowl or bucket. Slowly add water, starting with about 3/4 cup.(Follow the package instructions for exact water to concrete ratio.)
- Mix the concrete with a garden trowel, adding more water if needed. The mixture should be the consistency of chunky peanut butter.
Step 2: Fill pantyhose with concrete
- Cut the foot off a pair of pantyhose, about 8 inches from the toe.
- Stretch out the pantyhose foot with one hand and use the trowel to scoop concrete into it, a little bit at a time.
- Continue filling the pantyhose until you've reached the size of pumpkin you'd like.
- Tie a knot in the pantyhose as close to the concrete as possible.
- Gently rub around the outside of the pumpkin. This helps bring moisture to the surface and creates a smooth finish on the outside of your pumpkin.
Step 3: Form pumpkin
- Cut four lengths of twine long enough to circle around the pumpkin.
- Lay one piece of twine on your working surface and place the pumpkin on top in the center.Pull it around the pumpkin, pulling it tight enough to create ridges in the cement. Tie a knot.
- Add the other three pieces of twine at different angles, pulling them tight and creating the ribs of the pumpkin.
- You'll want to smooth out the surface of the pumpkin with your finger again at this point.
- Allow the concrete pumpkin to harden. This will take about 24 - 48 hours (drying time will vary based on temperature and humidity).
Step 4: Remove twine and pantyhose
- Once your concrete pumpkin has dried you can begin removing the twine. Cut each strand close to the top and begin peeling them off.
- You can also cut the twine from the bottom to make it easier to remove.If the twine is stuck and you can't remove it, cut it off as close to the concrete as you can.
- Now cut a hole in the pantyhose close to the knot you made.
- Pull the pantyhose off the concrete pumpkin.
Step 5: Attach stem
- Cut a wood dowel to around 1 inch long. Place a bit of hot glue on the side of it.
- Wind twine around the dowel until it's completely covered. Add a final dab of hot glue to hold the end of the twine in place.
- Cut the twine close to where you glued it.
- Now add more hot glue to the end of the twine covered dowel.
- Place the "stem" in the center of the pumpkin.
- Your concrete pumpkin is complete!
These concrete pumpkins are really inexpensive to make and they’re a great first project for working with concrete! Try adding moss to the grooves by the stem for a real outdoorsy look.
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