We recently got together with a few friends over on Instagram. And, decided we wanted to do some type of Fall DIY pumpkin project. When we moved into this rental, last September, we put our Fall items into the storage unit first. Because we knew we would for sure be here for Christmas and wouldn’t need our pumpkins and Fall decor this year. SURPRISE! We are still here. ???? So, I’m starting over with my Fall decor rather than digging through the storage unit to find my tubs. Nope.. not gonna do it. ????????
I was searching Pinterest (follow me over there) for easy DIY pumpkin projects. Some cute little DIY concrete pumpkins kept popping up, so I decided it to try them. Here is how we did it!
Concrete – We used the quickset so that this project could be done fast
Bucket – for mixing
Plastic Pumpkin – the kind we used for trick or treating
Panty Hose / Tights – We got ours at the Salvation Army and one pair was infant size
While Deb mixed the cement in a bucket (according to the directions), I cut off about 12″ of the feet part of the tights. And, discarded the top part. We figured out soon that it was easier when Deb held open the tights, and I filled each part with the cement. Obviously the more cement you put in each pair of tights, the bigger the pumpkin would be. Since we used the quickset, we had to act fast.
After we put the cement into each stocking, we tied a knot on the top and pushed our finger down on top of the knot into the concrete to form a little place for a stem. We then added rubber bands around each pumpkin to make the pumpkin look more realistic.
We wanted to make a bigger pumpkin with the trick or treat bucket, so we mixed up the rest of the cement. We sprayed the inside of the plastic pumpkin GENEROUSLY with cooking spray so that the concrete could be removed easier and put the rest in that bucket. And then we let it set for over 24 hours.
Not evening kidding. We couldn’t believe all of this worked. After 20 minutes, I cut off all of the rubber bands and the knot on top of the panty hose and slowly peeled it back. I read that if you left the tights longer than 20 minutes, they would be difficult to remove. And it worked. Deb used a box cutter and scored the plastic pumpkin and removed it from the concrete.
I used my larger one as a candle holder and I grabbed pieces of mulch from the yard and used it as stems on the smaller ones.
I cannot believe how cute they turned out.
This was such a simple project and would be perfect to do with kids and grandkids. Let me know if you do them. I would love to see your ideas.
FALL DIY PUMPKIN PROJECT