Fall is my favorite time of year!
And Halloween is my favorite holiday!
A while ago I made a couple dozen of these concrete pumpkins for a big Halloween party. I gave most of them away, but during our move this summer, I realized we had several left-over that I’d shoved in the basement. My husband complained and complained as to why, exactly, we were moving big clumps of concrete with us to our new house. I told him we weren’t and acted like I was getting rid of them. But I snuck them into the garden shed of the new house. It wasn’t until recently, because of the dang fall yard cleaning, that he realize I’d fibbed a bit.
“These things keep cropping up like they are from a nightmare or something!” he said.
But I couldn’t part with them because I love them. Anyway, I’m keeping two and getting rid of the rest.
Before I do, I wanted to post a how-to, because they were so easy, and cheap, and awesome!
Go to the mountains and find some large branches.
Shove them in your car, then clean out the car before the husband gets home!
Oh, and if you happen upon a rope swing, while looking for said branches, by all means…
Next, buy those dollar store or Walmart plastic pumpkins.
Fill them with a mix of concrete (quikrete), perlite, and sphagnum moss. If you want the concrete to be smooth, then add straight concrete. But I wanted a worn, rustic look, so I added the other mix-ins. I mixed it in a big wheel barrel because I did so many. For small amounts, you could just use a big bucket for mixing. About 2/3 concrete to 1/3 mix of moss and perlite together. Scoop the mixture into the plastic pumpkins.
Tap the pumpkins to make sure the concrete settles and that there aren’t any air pockets. Then add in the branches. I added more sphagnum moss to the top of the concrete where the branches go into the concrete. Just cause I thought it would look cool.
Let the pumpkins cure and dry out for two or three days.
I spray painted all the branches a flat black. I should’ve done this when they were still in the plastic because I kept trying not to overspray onto the concrete. Then you get a razor, scissors, pliers, and pry off the plastic. They are glorious!
(Be careful that the razor doesn’t score into the concrete.)
Because this was for a big halloween party in a huge space, I wanted drama and height. So we wrapped webbing all around the branches and then hung Halloween decor from the branches. Like bugs and bones and ghosts, etc.
Once Halloween was over I cut off the branches for storage. I just kept a foot or so and tied an orange burlap bow around the wood sticking out. I also painted the eyes and mouth with black acrylic paint to make them stand out more.
I’ve loved having these on my front porch!
But my husband hasn’t loved tripping over them.
See, he doesn’t look too pleased, but he really is a happy guy.
See them on the railing? Beneath the hanging skull? ^^