The fall season is nearly here and I couldn’t be happier… seriously… as soon as the end of August hits, I’m already planning how I’m going to decorate. I know it’s a tad early to start decorating, but I recently discovered the concrete pumpkin trend and I knew I had to give it a shot. I absolutely loved how these turned out and I wanted to share with you all how I made these adorable pumpkins! These would look so cute on a front porch or even styled on a dining room table – they are very versatile! So keep reading to see how I made these!
- concrete mix
- large bucket (make sure it has a flat base, otherwise it will be too hard to stir your concrete mixture)
- tights (I’ve read on other blog posts that using nylons or thinner stockings will be harder to pull off when the concrete has dried)
- string or rubber bands
- hot glue (to attach the stem) and white glue (to apply moss)
- pieces of rope (for the stem)
- artificial moss (optional)
- a container to hold your tights into place as you scoop the mixture inside (or a second set of hands!)
- mixing spoon
Note: you can also make a hypertufa mixture in place of just the concrete. This will make your pumpkins much lighter. I would have done this, however I could not find peat moss which is one of the key ingredients (along with perlite). If you can find peat moss out of season then I would suggest making a hypertufa mixture, especially if you are going to be making larger pumpkins.
The first thing you will want to do is mix your concrete. I used an entire small 10 lb bag of concrete. I slowly added small amounts of water, stirring each time to make sure I did not add too much. If you add too much water, then just add more concrete.
Next, you’ll want to prep your tights. Cut four sections from one pair of tights and tie knots in the sections that have two open ends.
Now it’s time to make your pumpkin! Drape your tights over a container (I used a large water jug). This will make it much easier to scoop your mixture into them. How much of you concrete mixture you put in depends on how large of a pumpkin you want. Once you’ve filled the tights with concrete, tie a knot at the top and tie your string around it. I used four pieces of string for each pumpkin. Try not to tie the string too tightly, or else it will be harder to remove once it’s dry.
Once your pumpkin is dry, you can take the string off and peel back the tights. My pumpkins dried in about 24 hours. Brush off any loose concrete and apply some hot glue to attach your stem. You can use almost anything you can find to use as a stem. I had this rope on hand so I just used it. You could also use sticks for a stem.
Now you could leave your pumpkin as is, but I decided to add some moss to give it an earthy and whimsical look. This is an optional step, but I think it adds the perfect finishing touch to your pumpkins.
There you have it! Some super easy, diy concrete pumpkins! I think these are so cute and I’m so happy with how they turned out. Let me know what you think of these! Well, that’s all for today – happy fall everyone!