It’s felt like fall lately… the temps have dropped and the days are getting shorter. You know what that means, right?
It’s pumpkin season!
Today I’m sharing a project I originally shared over at Fox Hollow Cottage. Exciting news!! I’m a new monthly contributor (pinch me, please!) and I couldn’t wait to share my latest pumpkin project: Concrete Pumpkins!
I love texture and these pumpkins don’t disappoint! They also bring such a lovely contrast against regular pumpkins.
Here’s how to make them:
-Sphagnum Peat Moss
Start by mixing equal amounts of portland quikcrete, peat moss & perlite.
Then, add enough water to make a wet cottage cheese-ish mixture… Technical, I know!
Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin…
Then cover the face of the pumpkin with plastic wrap. Hold in place with a strong tape. I used duct tape.
Spray the inside of the pumpkin with cooking spray…
Start filling with the concrete mixture, packing it as tightly as possible.
Let the pumpkin dry at least 24 hours and then remove the plastic wrap.
Allow it to dry at least 24 hours.
The next day, use snips and and a razor blade to remove the plastic shell.
For the next pumpkin, repeat all the steps above…
But instead of filling the entire thing, use another plastic container in the center. Be sure to spray it with non-stick spray too.
After 24 hours, remove the center container and let it sit another 24 hours before removing the plastic shell.
Once the shell has been removed, let the pumpkins sit at least 72 hours to a week to fully dry and cure.
If you want, lightly paint the eyes and mouth. Sand to distress.
See, they’re easy! But so worth it!
I absolutely love them! They look aged and time warn and I adore the chippy and crumbly look. They’re also very sturdy and heavy, so I imagine they’ll last as long as I want them too!
They look perfect with fall mums and pine cones and I can’t wait to spook-ify them for Halloween!
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall around here… and I’m excited about the change!
Here’s to fall!
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