DIY concrete pumpkins

These pumpkins will last you for many seasons to come! Everlasting decor that's super cute and trendy too!

Materials:

  • Portland cement
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Water
  • Pantyhose
  • Elastic bands
  • Bucket
  • Scissors
  • Measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Rope
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Gloves and dust mask
  • Moss and craft glue (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Wearing protective gloves, a dust mask, and working in a well ventilated area, mix equal parts cement, peat moss, and perlite in a bucket (the mixture us called Hypertufa)
  2. Thoroughly mix the dry content together using a wooden spoon
  3. Slowly add water to the mixture and mix until contents are wet, but not soaking… like firm oatmeal. You should be able to make a ball in your hand without it dripping and falling apart (if there is too much water, add small amounts of equal parts dry contents)
  4. Once mixed, cut a 6”-12” length of pantyhose, tie the bottom, and stretch around the outside of a plastic cup, leaving the excess inside
  5. Spoon the concrete mixture into pantyhose until you have the amount you want to make the size of pumpkin you want
  6. Remove the pantyhose from the cup, tie the top, and form the concrete into a ball shape
  7. Add 4 elastic bands equally spaced around the concrete ball to make the indent lines of the pumpkin
  8. Place concrete pumpkin in plastic and store in a cool place to cure for several days
  9. Once dry to the touch, cut the elastic bands off and remove the pantyhose
  10. Cut pieces of rope approximately 2”-3” long and attach on top using a hot glue gun to make the stem
  11. Optional: add craft glue to the top of the pumpkin and then sprinkle green moss on top

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