Learn how to make DIY concrete pumpkins using dollar store pumpkins with this awesome easy technique! This is the perfect beginner concrete project!
I have been looking forward to trying my hand at a concrete project for a while.
But to make concrete projects, first, you need a mold.
I thought concrete pumpkins would be a great way to start off working with concrete.
But I didn’t want to make the usual run of the mill concrete jack o lantern.
I also didn’t want to figure out how to create a mold first and then make the pumpkins.
Then I saw these hand-formed concrete vases. This was genius! I could get any shape I want without the hassle of finding a mold!
Aren’t they gorgeous?! I love how they turned out. And they were so easy to make – just took about an hour!
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Materials for making concrete pumpkins
- Fast setting Concrete mix (I used this one )
- Faux pumpkins (I got mine at the dollar store)
- Old bucket or container for mixing concrete
- Paint stick
- Paint of choice. I used copper, gold, metallic aqua and metallic green.
- Hot water
- Measuring cup and spoon
How to make a concrete pumpkin –
Making these concrete pumpkins turned out WAY easier than I expected!
Here is a quick video showing you how to make these cement pumpkins. I also have the step by step tutorial listed below.
DIY concrete pumpkins tutorial
Step 1 – Mix Concrete
- Mix the concrete mix with hot water per the directions in the bucket.
- I used the directions for the hand-formed mixture. The concrete consistency should almost be like clay.
STEP 2 – Hand-form pumpkins
- Slowly form the concrete on top of the faux pumpkin.
- Make sure the layer is not too thick so you are able to see some of the pumpkin’s ridges on the shape.
- Lay the pumpkins on a plastic bag or parchment paper to dry.
- Leave to dry for 24 hours.
Step 3 – Paint
- Paint in your choice of color and pattern.
- I did the stripe pattern, a gold-dipped effect, and a paint drip effect.
- I also painted the stems with metallic green.
Simple 3-step DIY concrete pumpkins!
I really love how they turned out.
And it was so easy too!
I think hand forming the shapes opened up a whole new set of possibilities!
No need to worry about molds… now I can just turn any shape into concrete!
My head is already spinning with all the ideas.
Do you know they also have pigments you can use to color the concrete!
There are so many things I could do with them!
Have you ever taken on a project thinking it might be complicated but turned out to be super simple?
Other Easy DIY Concrete Project Ideas
- DIY concrete flowers – made using a similar technique!
- Easy Concrete and copper planter – because concrete and copper were born to be together!
- DIY Concrete planter with wooden feet – Combining concrete with my favorite component – wood.
Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"