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Concrete Pumpkin Project ~

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Summer is fading into fall so it's time for mums, football and of course pumpkins! I've made hypertufa-concrete orbs in the past and thought pumpkins would be a fun little project as well ~ cheap plastic treat pumpkins make great molds!
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I gathered my supplies...hypertufa-concrete is a mix or peat moss, perlite & cement most recipes call for portland cement I used vinyl concrete patching cement I had left over from another project ~ I also added some cement color additive because I didn't want my finished pumpkins to be cement gray...
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I mixed up my ingredients and added some color ~ my mix was approximately 2 parts concrete to 1 part each of the peat moss & perlite ~ I added enough water to make a thick cottage cheese type texture...
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I covered the hole in the bottom with a piece of duct tape, sprayed the inside of my pumpkins with cooking spray to keep the mixture from sticking and filled them to the top...I used rail road spikes for stems I pushed them right down the center, the mix was thick enough to hold them upright while they dried...
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
I set them aside to dry for a few days and then got to work on removing the plastic pumpkin molds ~ I used a utility knife to slice down the sides and then pealed them right off...
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
Jack-o-lantern side for Halloween...
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
Turned around they work right through Thanksgiving!
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor
  • concrete pumpkin project, crafts, halloween decorations, repurposing upcycling, seasonal holiday decor

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