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If you were one of the 15 million that viewed our video on how to make a concrete pumpkin two years ago, you probably have your own pumpkin that is in need of a little attention.
We have several concrete pumpkins which we have left in the Florida elements for two years. They were in need of cleaning and new paint.
Instead of just painting them, we decided to give our 'happy' pumpkins a little 'creepy' makeover with a little more concrete and paint. You'll find the tutorial in our Workshop Wednesday show above.
You can watch the entire thing, but you can also fast forward to 3:35 to watch just the tutorial.
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Start by gathering your supplies. You'll need concrete, we are using Quikrete countertop mix because that's what we had on hand. You'll need a bowl and mixing tools, water, something to protect your work surface, a gallon size plastic bag, scissors, funnel, spray paint, protective gear--gloves, mask, and goggles. A candle for the top, which is optional.
Protect your work surface. We used a puppy pad with a layer of cling wrap on top. The concrete will not stick to the plastic. Clean your pumpkin if it is dirty. Mix up a batch of concrete to the consistency of brownie batter. Cut a corner off the plastic bag and fill it with the mixed concrete.
'Pipe' the concrete around the base of the pumpkin keeping it as close to the base as possible. With your gloved hands, push the concrete close to the base.
Mix up another batch of concrete. Make it thinner as it will need to be able to drip down the sides of the pumpkin. This step is easier with a buddy--one to hold and direct the funnel and the other to pour concrete into the funnel.
With any extra concrete on the plastic or still in the bowl, add drops of it to the drips. You're creating 'wart-like' features on the concrete.
Let the pumpkin cure for at least 24 hours before spraying. You can also spray rocks or chunks of concrete which you can use at the top of the pumpkin to help disguise the candle.
Our 'creepy' pumpkin makeover is complete! We've staged it on a wood slice surrounded by twigs and moss from my yard.
He's now ready to greet our Halloween visitors!
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And if you would rather watch a quick video tutorial, check that our on my blog!
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