I am always searching for cute decoration ideas and I love this one the most out of all the fall decorations I came along. And I am sure, you are going to love this too!
It is so easy and fun to do. And you don’t need a lot of material when you follow my easy steps ‘How to make concrete pumpkins DIY for fall decoration’.
Also a great idea is to involve the kids or invite some friends over (this is what I did) to do this project together. Amazing what you can create with concrete (there is more to come):
10 easy steps How to make concrete pumpkins DIY
This is what you need to get. I am sure, most of this material you already have in your home. The Portland cement is available at Lowes or Home Depot for about 12 $.
- Portland cement
- knee stockings, tights – use thicker ones
- a stick or shovel to stir
- rope or small branches
- rubber bands or string, scissors
- sand paper
- artificial or natural moss
- (paint if you want to color them)
How to start with the DIY Pumpkin Project
Mix some of the Portland cement and water in a bucket and stir well. No lumbs or dry spots should be seen, you want to make a smooth dough. Don’t make it too watery, make the mix rather dry than wet.
Cut the foot part off of the stocking and make a secure knot or just make a knot above the foot part.
Put your gloves on because it is going to get a little messy now. If you haven’t covered your working area yet, now is a good time to do that.
Start filling the stockings with concrete. Use a small shovel or use your hands to press the cement dough into the stockings.
Depending on how big you want to make the pumpkin, fill in the dough and press it together to a round form. If this is your first pumpkin, I suggest you start with a small one before you make bigger ones.
Use a piece of string and tie the stocking together at the end. If you want to, you can stick a piece of thicker rope into the pumpkin to make the pumpkin stem.
It will be definitely cleaner if you glue the rope onto the pumpkin when it is dry. The rope won’t stay clean because you have to make the pumpkin form now.
How to make the pumpkin form
The pumpkin form is pretty simple to make:
- either you use rubber bands
- or string
to make the pumpkin form. Just tie the strings around the cement dough, tighten off sections as in a pizza cutting pattern.
Now you are done for the day. Give the cement enough time to dry. I let it dry for 24 hours before I touched them and they were good to go.
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When it is dry, remove the string and the stocking. If the stocking is difficult to remove, use sand paper to sand it off. Depending on how you like the pumpkins you can sand them really smooth or just sand a little bit to leave an uneven character.
Add a special effect to the pumkin
After all of the pumpkins are sanded, you can add a little moss into the rims of the pumpkin. I think that makes them really look great. It is not a must but it adds a special effect to them.
I collected the moss in my backyard, I am sure you can find some moss in your backyard or in a park or nearby forest. If not, you can buy some artificial moss at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
Use regular glue and pick little pieces off the moss. Add glue into the pumpkin rims and sprinkle the moss onto the glue.
Also glue on a small piece of the thicker rope to imitate the pumpkin stem. If you prefer a small branch, then use hot melt to glue it onto the pumpkin.
And this is how they look decorated in my front yard or arranged on a table .
Paint them if you don’t like the cement look
If you don’t like the cement look, paint them. Paint them in an orange to get the original look or paint them crazy in pink and add some glitter. Depending on your decorating style, there are so many different options to fit them to your house.
If you are looking for more fall decoration ideas, here is a link for you with a lot of great ideas: https://colorfuldesigner.com/fall-decoration-ideas-simple-and-beautiful/
Summary of ’10 easy steps How to make concrete pumpkins DIY fall decoration’.
If you want to try ‘How to make cement pumpkins” here are 5 things you should definitely follow:
- Don’t make the cement dough too watery.
- Don’t use very thin stockings. Use thicker ones and you can remove them easier after the cement is dry.
- Cover your working area with a tarp or foil because it is getting messy at times.
- Keep all of the material close by, especially the scissors and the rope, because you need it often.
- Give your cement pumpkin enough time to dry before you remove the strings.
You would love to make pumpkins but you have no time or space?
Shop the look. Here are some links for your convenience. Get the pumpkins and then paint them, add glitter or stickers. Or spray paint leaves in silver or gold and glue them on the pumpkins. Have a fun afternoon with the kids by decorating pumpkins in so many different ways.
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