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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 cups of concrete to 1 cup 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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  • Pam Hedrick-Webber

    was wanting to use the cement I have here at home ..it is quick set for posts.. will it work? not wanting to add peat moss or the other ..thanks

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      They’ll be heavier with just cement and some of the quick set mix for posts has small/medium rocks so they won’t be as smooth but it should work

  • Renee Foote
    Renee Foote Saint Clair Shores, MI

    Haa haa stupid kids .... like to see one of them try to smash that punkin would chain it just incase lmfao :D

  • Cari Mike Brady

    These are awesome! I will be making some of these!

  • Christy Longest Grant
    Christy Longest Grant Mechanicsville, VA

    Love this! Hypertufa can crack in freezing weather can't it so they'd need to be taken in in the middle of winter...

    • Diana Wearing
      Diana Wearing Oregon, WI

      Probably a good idea -) I store mine in the garage in the winter

  • Terri Brodfuehrer
    Terri Brodfuehrer San Antonio, TX

    you can buy pumpkin stems online, or save them from pumpkins that you've had previously, or, there are lots of tutorials online for making faux ones. =)

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