Concrete Pumpkins

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.

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s how to make them:

Concrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

You’ll need:

-Portland Quikcrete

-Sphagnum Peat Moss

-Perlite

-Water

-Plastic Pumpkin

-Cooking Spray

-Plastic Wrap

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Start by mixing equal amounts of portland quikcrete, peat moss & perlite.

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, add enough water to make a wet cottage cheese-ish mixture… Technical, I know!

Mix well.

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Cut a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin…

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then cover the face of the pumpkin with plastic wrap. Hold in place with a strong tape. I used duct tape.

Concrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

Spray the inside of the pumpkin with cooking spray…

Concrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

Start filling with the concrete mixture, packing it as tightly as possible.

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Let the pumpkin dry at least 24 hours and then remove the plastic wrap.

Concrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

Allow it to dry at least 24 hours.

The next day, use snips and and a razor blade to remove the plastic shell.

Concrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

Concrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

For the next pumpkin, repeat all the steps above…

Concrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

But instead of filling the entire thing, use another plastic container in the center. Be sure to spray it with non-stick spray too.

Conrete Pumpkin by The Wood Grain Cottage

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!

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

Concrete Pumpkins by The Wood Grain Cottage

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!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

Linking up to:

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Love your blog and projects!!
    Deb

  2. Absolutely love this idea and your execution! They are darling. So smart too. A craft that will last and last. Perfect from Fall, through Halloween and all the way into Thanksgiving. You just rocked this so hard girl :))))

    • Awe- Shannon! THANK YOU so much! You’re right, they’re definitely going to be used from the beginning of fall alllll the way into Thanksgiving! :)
      HUGS!
      -Shayna

  3. Love, love, love this!! So cool!!

  4. These are soooooooooo cool!!! Love them, Shayna! :)

  5. These are amazing! Sharing on my FB page today ;)
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  6. I love these so much. I love the chippy texture. I am going to have to try it
    Thank you so much for sharing
    Dido

  7. They’re soooooo cute:) Like super cute…love ‘em girl!!! You are so darn crafty, Shayna!
    Ok…TOTALLY cute lol;) Blessings & <3,
    M

  8. Love this project. First of all, where can you find inexpensive plastic pumpkins like you used on the first pumpkin? Second, why do you have to use Sphagnum Peat Moss and Perlite with the concrete?

    • THANK YOU so much, Erin! I found the pumpkins at Walmart. I bought the pail for $1 and the other was $5. You could probably find one at the dollar store too, but when I was looking they weren’t out yet!
      Also, the peat moss and perlite break up the concrete so it’s not so “solid”. They cause “bubbles” and give the pits and pockets and make that crumbly appearance. You could absolutely just use concrete, they just won’t have the texture.
      I hope that helps! :)
      -Shayna

  9. Shayna great concrete pumpkins and beautiful pictures!

  10. Shayna–you’re so talented and I love your home! I’m also sharing on my FB page this morning. Have a wonderful day!

  11. These are too stinkin cute! LOVE them!!

  12. Wow Shayna! What a funky idea… so cute yet rustic and earthy!! Awesome:)

  13. o.m.g.!!!
    these are so amazing! So so so inspired! Going to make some this week!
    (squeal!)-aimee

  14. Grrrreat idea! Saw your link at Shabby Story. Cute blog!

  15. I LOVE this project, Shayna! DEFINITELY going to give this a try sometime! Thank you for linking up to my party! :-D

  16. Has to be one of the best ideas I’ve seen for fall this year, love it!

  17. VERY cool! I’ve never seen anything quite like them!

  18. This project is very nice and original! I cited it in my Italian Web Site: http://lunadeicreativi.com/blog/20-zucche-di-halloween.
    Thank you, Lory

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