Easy DIY Concrete Pumpkins

Learn how to make DIY concrete pumpkins using dollar store pumpkins with this awesome easy technique! This is the perfect beginner concrete project!

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Colorful DIY concrete pumpkins with fall leaves and text overlay

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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!

Close up of DIY cement pumpkin wit blue stripes

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

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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.

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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.
Concrete mixture consistency to make hand formed concrete pumpkins

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.
Hand-forming DIY concrete pumpkins using dollar store pumpkins

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.
pouring paint over DIY concrete pumpkins

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That’s it!

Simple 3-step DIY concrete pumpkins!

top view of 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!

closeup of DIY concrete pumpkin

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Have you ever taken on a project thinking it might be complicated but turned out to be super simple?

Easy DIY Concrete pumpkins using dollar store pumpkins

Easy DIY Concrete Pumpkins

Yield: DIY Concrete Pumpkins
Active Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $10

How to make DIY concrete pumpkins using dollar store pumpkins with this awesome easy technique! This is the perfect beginner concrete project!

Materials

Tools

  • Old bucket or container for mixing concrete
  • Paint stick
  • Gloves
  • Measuring cup and spoon

Instructions

    1. Mix the concrete mix with hot water per the directions in the bucket.
    2. I used the directions for the hand-formed mixture. The concrete consistency should almost be like clay.
    3. Slowly form the concrete on top of the faux pumpkin.
    4. Make sure the layer is not too thick so you are able to see some of the pumpkin's ridges on the shape.
    5. Lay the pumpkins on a plastic bag or parchment paper to dry.
    6. Leave to dry for 24 hours.
    7. Paint in your choice of color and pattern.

Notes

I did the stripe pattern, a gold-dipped effect, and a paint drip effect.
I also painted the stems with metallic green.

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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!"

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25 Comments

  1. How adorable are these concrete pumpkins. I love how you created them and love that you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

    1. Thank you Venessa!

  2. Cute idea Anika! This is something I haven’t tried, but it looks like fun! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Create-Bake-Make Link Party! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks Laurie… Try it out. It is so fun and so easy!

  3. Anika, I love this idea! Just being able to use a little bit of mix to create what looks like a solid little pumpkin is so clever. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

    1. Thanks Angie!

  4. So cute, they turned out adorable. I just saw them at the dollar store yesterday when I stopped by, I thought of your video and they made me smile 🙂

    1. Thank you Toni 🙂

  5. Fascinating project. You’re very creative!

    1. Thank you Carol!

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