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How To Make Hollow Concrete Pumpkins

It’s that time of the year when half the world goes pumpkin crazy. So I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and make a few hollow concrete pumpkins to add to our decor. And I am so happy with how they turned out.

These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders

Isn’t she gorgeous with those rough concrete edges? Pumpkins are “she’s” right!!!? I used to think that concrete was something terribly complicated that only seasoned professionals and builders knew how to do. I was soooo wrong. It’s actually pretty easy to use unless you’re building the Empire State building or the longest bridge in the world 😉

These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders

If “concrete” isn’t your thing, don’t worry. These hollow pumpkins can be made with plaster of Paris too. They won’t be as durable, but they’ll still be gorgeous 😉

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What you need to make hollow concrete pumpkins

  • Concrete Mix
  • Stockings (knee highs work best)
  • Round Balloons
  • Strong cotton string
  • A short, fat twig from the garden
  • Jewelry wire
  • Craft or spray paints in the color of your choice

What you need to make the concrete pumpkins #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

How to make the concrete pumpkin forms

The trick to making the hollow concrete pumpkins is the mold. I wracked my brains for days trying to figure it out. I could make one using our 2-ingredient silicone mold recipe. But for that, I’d need a pretty pumpkin and I couldn’t find the right shape or size anywhere. So the next best thing was to make one using a round balloon and some knee-high stockings. I didn’t have any knee-highs in my cupboard so I cut up some of my daughter’s old school tights. She doesn’t need them anymore since she’s studying in a land far, far away.

Cut the stockings or use knee highs #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Place the balloon inside the stocking and blow her up 😉 How big you blow the balloon up will determine the size of the hollow bit inside the concrete pumpkin.

Place the balloon inside the stockings before blowing up #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Squish the balloon down so her “bum” is touching the bottom of the stocking.

A view of the balloon inside the stocking #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Right, so that’s the mold all done 😀 Time to mix up some concrete.

Preparing the concrete mix

The terms “concrete” and “cement” are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference. Cement is the main ingredient used to make concrete. The other ingredients are usually water, and some kind of aggregate or additive like sand, gravel or crushed stone.

When you mix the cement with water it forms a chemical reaction and becomes the glue that holds everything together to form concrete. If the mix is smooth it’s often referred to as mortar in the building trade. If it’s rough it’s called concrete. A smooth, mortar-like mix is what you’re looking for when you make these hollow concrete pumpkins. To make the mix you’ll need:

  • Plastic mixing container with a wide mouth and tall sides to make it easier to mix the concrete
  • Measuring cups – I just used the lids from a spray cans
  • Gloves and a dust mask– trust me on this one, that fine cement powder goes everywhere
  • Plastic sheet to protect your work surface
  • Plastic knife, spoon or paint stirrers for mixing
  • Soft, dry sand

Before you start making the actual concrete pumpkins, be sure you have everything ready. Once you start mixing everything together, it gets messy and you don’t want to rush around with goopy concrete hands looking for things. Ask me how I know. I’m still trying to get the dried concrete off our fridge 😀

Gether up your supplies #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Making the concrete mix and filling

Add the cement and fine sand in the appropriate amounts to your mixing container. I used 1 cup of cement and 3 cups of fine dry sand. Mix well before adding some water on top of the dry ingredients. Fold the cement and sand mix from the bottom into the water. You can use paint stirrers, a plastic spoon or your hands, but be sure to wear gloves. Cement is corrosive and will chew away your fingerprints 😉 Mix until there are no lumps and keep adding water until you have a smooth consistency.

Mix up the cement according to instructions #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Your mixture is ready when the concrete is still wet enough to slip easily off your hands but holds its shape if you make a hollow in the mixture. Fill the stocking with the concrete mix, making sure to squish the mixture around the balloon every time you add more concrete.  It helps the pumpkin take shape and ensures that the concrete goes all the way around the balloon.

Fill the stocking with the cement mix #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Once the stocking is full use the string to create “sections”. You may need to massage the concrete form a little after creating those sections to get the right pumpkin shape and to ensure the concrete is spread evenly all around the balloon. Make sure to have the balloon pointing out to the one side as shown below and that the “sewn toe” portion of the stockings follows the same direction as the strings.

ie string around the stocking #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Leave the concrete pumpkin to dry completely in a cool spot. They should make a hollow sound when you tap them.

When the concrete dries, pop the balloon and remove #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Pop the balloon, carefully remove the string and peel away the stocking to reveal your hollow concrete pumpkin 😀

Remove the string and the stroking carefully #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

Brush off any concrete dust before painting. I painted the inside using Rust-Oleum’s warm vintage gold. Love that color. It’s so rich and decadent. The outside got a few coats of a pearl white. Once the paint dries, glue a short fat twig or branch on top to create a stalk and wrap some jewelry wire around the stalk for the tendrils.

Top down view of the hollow concrete balloon #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

We put a candle in this one, but you can turn it into a Cinderella coach (tutorial coming soon 😉 ). Or you can use your pumpkin to make this planter. Remember to add some drainage holes if you use your hollow concrete pumpkin as a planter and seal it first with a concrete sealer.

These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders

The gold and pearly white combo is so pretty, but the real magic happens when you light the candle.

These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

I love the way the gold paint takes on a pumpkiny glow. It’s gorgeous.

These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

And you can still see the texture on the outside from the stocking.

These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders

What do you think of the concrete pumpkins? Is it something you would make? What would put inside the hollowed out portion?

These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #fallDIY #candleholders #pumpkindecorating

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These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders

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These gorgeous hollow concrete pumpkins will make a lovely addition to your fall décor. You can add a candle or turn them into fun planters. The DIY tutorial is easy to follow so you can make your own. #concretepumpkin #fallcrafts #acraftymix #fallDIY #candleholders

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And as always, here’s wishing you a beautiful crafty week. Thank you for popping around for a visit.

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Comments

  • Posted: November 14, 2019 19:10

    Michelle

    Love this Michelle...you are so creative!!
  • Posted: October 21, 2019 12:07

    Bliss

    What a cute pumpkin and excellent tutorial. I love it, so cute, so I pinned it!
    • Posted: October 21, 2019 13:21

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment and the pin. I appreciate that very much
  • Posted: October 9, 2019 11:12

    Gail

    This is so ingenious, Michelle! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Thanks for the inspiration!
    • Posted: October 9, 2019 12:25

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Gail and I'm so happy you like the hollow pumpkins. I'm having loads of fun with the other I made. So many possibilities
  • Posted: October 8, 2019 17:28

    Carolann Iadarola

    This pumpkin is one of my favs now! I love how it turned out. What a great idea to put on my porch! I have to try and make one too!
    • Posted: October 9, 2019 05:41

      acraftymix

      Oh, I hope you do get to try it, Carolann. There are so many things you can do with concrete
  • Posted: October 7, 2019 11:46

    Debra

    I will say it again, you are so clever! I would never think to make pumpkins with concrete. It is so unique and special.
    • Posted: October 7, 2019 12:17

      acraftymix

      🤗 Thank you very much Debra.
  • Posted: October 7, 2019 02:04

    Mandy

    What an amazing feature to add to my plant garden. I would love to try this, slightly bigger and with a solar light for a lovely warm glow in the evenings. Just love it!
    • Posted: October 7, 2019 03:31

      acraftymix

      Hello my fwendsus 💓 I made a few and there's one that will be perfect with a small solar light inside, or we can make a few more together. I've got balloons and lots of cement 😉
  • Posted: October 5, 2019 05:21

    Cap Creations

    It's super cool! I love how this came out! Thank you for sharing.
    • Posted: October 5, 2019 05:46

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much, Catherine, glad you like it 😘
  • Posted: October 4, 2019 13:48

    Meegan

    Fabulous tutorial! Thank you for the tips and tricks. Happy Fall!
    • Posted: October 5, 2019 04:38

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Meegan
  • Posted: October 3, 2019 15:35

    Claire

    This is so cool, and clever how you worked it out. I love the orange glow coming from the inside.
  • Posted: October 2, 2019 21:03

    Kim

    Michelle that is very, very unique. I am so impressed with your constant creativity. I need to show this one to my husband...how totally cool!!
    • Posted: October 3, 2019 04:21

      acraftymix

      Oh Kim, thank you so much for that. I so admire your blog and the way you have with words, so it means a lot to me 😍
  • Posted: October 1, 2019 14:54

    Rosemary Palmer

    I LOVE this - so different. I want some.
    • Posted: October 1, 2019 15:06

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Rosemary, I really appreciate that.
  • Posted: October 1, 2019 13:02

    maria brittis

    You are so talented and creative! This is the cutest pumpkin DIY .
  • Posted: October 1, 2019 12:28

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Love the concrete pumpkin Michelle! I was wondering how you were going to get the shape on the outside. I never would of thought of using leggings or stockings. Every year I tell myself this is going to be the year I make some of the cool concrete items I see. Then I run out of time.
    • Posted: October 1, 2019 13:45

      acraftymix

      That little garden of yours needs something concretey Linda 😉 I hope you do get round to making something, I would love to see what you come up with
  • Posted: September 30, 2019 12:49

    Sara

    Spectacular! I love how the outside shows the texture of the stocking. Can’t wait to see what you do with the coach 😍
    • Posted: September 30, 2019 13:00

      acraftymix

      💞 The Cinderella coach/carriage thingy turned out so cool. As soon as life calms down to a slow panic I'll post that one too.
  • Posted: September 30, 2019 12:24

    Susan Homeroad Stevenson

    Michelle these are absolutely amazing! I love the tutorial and the finished product!
    • Posted: September 30, 2019 12:28

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you Susan, I really appreciate that
  • Posted: September 30, 2019 12:21

    Mary

    Michelle you have combined my love for pumpkins with my love of scents. My daughter is to blame for the second one. Best of all, you have created a beautiful work of art. The gold inside really adds to the warmth and coziness of the fall season here.
    • Posted: September 30, 2019 12:31

      acraftymix

      😍 While I was making the concrete pumpkins I thought of you and Marie all the time. Oh, and Mr. Pumpkin Head too. 😉 So glad you like the idea Mary. Figuring out how to make the mold had me stumped for a few days, but it worked out and now I have three hollow pumpkins to play around with.

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