Thursday, September 5, 2013

CONCRETE PUMPKINS



I WANTED TO MAKE SOME OF THESE CONCRETE
PUMPKINS LAST YEAR BUT JUST DIDN'T GET AROUND
TO IT. I HAD SOME PLASTIC TRICK OR TREAT
PAILS TO USE FOR THE MOLDS THAT I BOUGHT
LAST YEAR AND ON LABOR DAY BRIAN HELPED
ME TO MIX UP SOME CONCRETE AND PEAT MOSS.
IT WAS A GUESS AS TO HOW LONG TO LEAVE THEM
IN THE MOLDS AND IT WASN'T VERY WARM OUTSIDE
SO IS TAKING ALL WEEK FOR THEM TO DRY GOOD.
I WAS ABLE TO TAKE THE MOLDS OFF LATE
TUES. AFTERNOON. THEY HAD SHRUNKEN AWAY
FROM THE PLASTIC ENOUGH THAT I FIGURED IT
WAS OK. YOU WANT THEM SOFT YET TO SCRAP
OFF THE FACE FROM THE MOLD ( I WANTED THEM TO
BE JUST PLAIN PUMPKINS), TO ROUND THE TOP
A BIT AND TO MAKE NICE LINES IN THE SIDES.
I TRIED TO TAKE THE SMALL MOLD OFF TOO
SOON AND PART OF THE BOTTOM ON ONE SIDE DIDN'T STICK
SO WELL BUT THE SIDE YOU SEE IS FINE SO IT
WILL STILL LOOK OK. IT WAS A LEARNING LESSON
BUT FOR A FIRST TIME I THINK THEY TURNED OUT
PRETTY GOOD. THEY ARE STILL DRYING AS IT'S ONLY
BEEN IN THE SIXTIES OR AROUND 70 AND NOT
ALWAYS SUN. TODAY IS NICE SO HOPEFULLY THEY
WILL KEEP DRYING GOOD. YOU CAN SEE THE SMALL ONE
IS DRYING MORE. YESTERDAY I FOUND MORE PAILS
AT OUR LOCAL THRIFT SHOP SO HOPE TO MAKE MORE
BUT MAYBE NOT THIS YEAR. I WILL DO THEM IN
AUGUST NEXT TIME SO I HAVE THEM ALL DONE
BEFORE OUR COOLER WEATHER COMES.

I HOPE TO HAVE AN UPDATE IN A LITTLE OVER A WEEK
OR SO.  MORE INFO ON THAT NEXT WEEK.
ENJOY THESE FALL DAYS. I KNOW I AM! I'LL
HAVE SOME FALL HOME DECOR PICS
TO SHARE SOON TOO.

UNTIL NEXT TIME.....LORI

76 comments:

Karen said...

Oh I like these Lori...great job.
Thanks for sharing.
Karen

Mugwump Woolies said...

Lori, these pumpkins are wonderful! What a fun project. Enjoyed going along with you to all the great shops you visited on your recent trip...great places!
Have a great weekend,
Robyn

cucki said...

Wow I love them too *•*
So sweet <3
Huge hugs x

Rebecca said...

Awesome!!!

NMK said...

They look great !!!

Penny said...

Those pumpkins are really great! I'd like to try to make them one day, too... I really like the look of them.

Plumruncreek ♥ said...

Great job! They are fun to make!!

Earlene Landis said...

Pumpkins turned out so cute!!..Earlene

dogwoodfarm said...

Lori, your pumpkins turned out great!!

taylors*farmhouse*attic said...

They are WONDERFUL!!!!

quiltsbycheri said...

I have wanted to make them too.....yours look so wonderfully prim.....so inspired to go looking for plastic pumpkin pails now.....
thanks for sharing....

Orange Sink said...

Lori,
I LOVE those punkins! The great thing is they will last forever! You did wonderful job! Can't wait to see your Fall decorating.... really need some eye candy!!
Hugs!!!
Cathy G

my3Kitties said...

Sweet!

Sandra said...

What a great idea! I have got to do that.

Maria said...

Love, love, love these Lori! Maria

Kathleen Woodbury said...

Thanks for sharing this great idea! Being "empty nesters" we don't always want to deal with real pumpkins on the porch and the plastic ones look ok from a distance but not quite the prim esthetic we seek so these would be perfect! I'm wondering about trying the stuff they use to stain concrete with, wonder if that would work to make them different colors? Again thanks for a wonderful idea!

Elisha said...

I would so love to make one!!!! Do u remember how much peat moss to concrete you used?!?! Any other pointers????

HomeSpunPrims said...

Elisha,
Yep, first take the handles off the plastic pumpkin and spray inside with Pam before you fill it with the mixture. Equal parts peat moss and quick concrete. You can add pearlite too if you want them lighter, still equal parts. I used one 60 LB bag concrete to a bag and a half of the peat moss. Add water and when you think it's mixed good ( Brian used a hoe in in the wheel barrel) fill your pumpkins. I used a bigger plastic scoop we had on hand. Brian tapped the sides of the pumpkin lightly with a rubber mallet as I filled them to help it settle. Fill to top and stick your stem in. I cut my sticks long so they were down inside good. Let dry till you see them pull away from the sides of the plastic pumpkin then take a box cutter and cut the sides in quarters to get it off. Take a trowel and gently round the top and make your lines down the sides. I used a full size paint brush to lightly brush off the excess so it didn't stick. Let dry fully in the sun. Have fun! Lori

thesimplequiet said...

fabulous, fabulous! i'm off to the thrift store to find some plastic pumpkin pails! thank you for the post and the excellent instructions!

rebecca

Kathleen Woodbury said...

thanks for all the details, these are too great an idea to let slip by!

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