How to Make Concrete Pumpkins

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How to Make Concrete Pumpkins
A series of concrete pumpkins could decorate the patio. (shady pumpkin image by Charles Jacques from Fotolia.com)

Make a set of concrete pumpkins to decorate a patio or porch with the help of a latex mould. Purchase mould solution at a craft-supply store, and use a medium-sized pumpkin, known as a cooking pumpkin, to create the mould. This mould could also be used to create a pumpkin candle by filling the mould with wax instead of concrete. These long-lasting concrete pumpkins make an interesting gift for a garden lover.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Cooking pumpkin
  • Plastic pail
  • Latex mould solution
  • 2.27kg. bag of concrete mix
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Trowel
  • Sharp knife
  • String
  • Metal rasp

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the pumpkin in the plastic pail.

  2. 2

    Mix the latex mould solution, following the manufacturer's directions, and pour the solution over the pumpkin, covering it completely. Let the mould solution set until firm, about 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    Pull the mould from the bucket. Separate the mould into two even halves by cutting through it with the knife.

  4. 4

    Mix the concrete with water in the wheelbarrow until the concrete is the consistency of oatmeal. Fill the mould recesses with the concrete.

  5. 5

    Put the mould halves together. Tie the moulds together with a length of string and reinsert the entire mould in the plastic pail. Let the concrete set for 24 hours.

  6. 6

    Remove the mould from the pail. Pull the halves apart and remove the concrete pumpkin. File seam lines with a metal rasp.

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