Concrete Pumpkin Planters


I wanted to create a Halloween decoration that I could display outdoors alongside my current decorations. When I saw these concrete pumpkins, I knew they would be perfect!

What you’ll need

  • One plastic pumpkin-shaped candy bucket, this is your mold
  • Quick-setting concrete
  • One bucket for mixing concrete
  • Water
  • One plastic container (an empty cottage cheese container or a large plastic cup)
  • Cooking spray
  • Plastic wrap
  • A brick or any other heavy object
  • A utility knife
  • Outdoor paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Flowers

What to do

  1. Cut the handles off your pumpkin bucket.

  2. Spray the inside of pumpkin with cooking spray. That way you can easily remove the concrete from the plastic pumpkin when it dries.

  3. Mix your concrete according to directions on the bag. This is where the water comes in. I used a large bucket to mix mine.

  4. Pour the concrete mix into your pumpkin bucket, but don’t fill it up all the way because your container also goes in it.

  5. Insert your container into the opening of your pumpkin bucket. This will create an area for your flowers to go in. I used a large cottage cheese container because I wanted a larger hole. I have also seen other people use a large plastic cup. You will want to spray the outside of your container with cooking spray before putting it in, so that it is easier to remove later.

  6. Find something heavy to make sure your container stays in place while the concrete sets. Bricks work great if you have them. I used hand weights. I also opted to cover the inside of the container with plastic wrap, so that concrete wouldn’t get on it.

  7. Let your pumpkin dry for 24 hours and then, using the utility knife, carefully cut the plastic pumpkin and the inside container away from the concrete.

  8. You can leave your pumpkin unpainted or add outdoor paint to it.

  9. Add flowers and display your work. You may also use your concrete pumpkin as a large candleholder.

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