DIY: How to make faux concrete pumpkins

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Concrete pumpkins are all the rage these days. They are also hard to make and expensive to buy. How about we make our own faux concrete pumpkins with a paper mache pumpkin, some paint, and a secret ingredient from your kitchen?

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I got these 3 paper mache pumpkin at Target for less than $5 a piece

TIP: Seasonal DIY items are in stores like Hobby Lobby very early, so grab these when you see them in June/July because if you wait until the fall they will be sold out. I learned the hard way!

Supplies needed for this project

Painting the creases

We start by taking the artisan brush and cotton paint and paint the creases of the pumpkin white. Since the pumpkin will be in my house I am not painting the bottom, but if you plan on selling them, by all means, paint the bottom. The creases don't have to be perfect, because we will redo them at the end of the project to better define them.

TIP: Always shake your paint really well before getting started to make sure it is mixed properly. Then start with using the paint that is in the lid. It dries up fast and you don't want to waste it.

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Painting the creases with Dixie Belle Cotton

Painting the rest of the pumpkin

After the creases are painting, I take the misting bottle and carefully mist over the pumpkin. Be careful that you don't do too much because it is paper mache and it will rip.

Now we take the Dixie Belle Gravel Road and we paint in between the creases. It doesn't have to be precise and it doesn't matter if you cover some of the white creases. The Gravel Road will start blending with Cotton and that is exactly what you want.

After painting it, I misted the entire pumpkin a little bit so it is ready for the next layer.

TIP: Mist your brush before you start painting. Paper mache is a very dry surface and misting your brush a little bit will help distribute the paint better and smoother.

The pumpkin is painted with Dixie Belle Gravel Road

Adding the 2nd color

Looks like a hot mess right? Projects always look like a mess halfway but keep going because your masterpiece is coming!

Next, I use the same brush (I rinse it in a jar of water a bit and dab it on the towel) and I pour some Driftwood paint in the lid so I don't contaminate the rest of the jar.

Making sure the pumpkin has been misted, I go over it with the Driftwood. I make long strokes down so that the bottom of the pumpkin stays somewhat dark. Once I did one layer, I go back to the top and add a bit more to the top so it gets lighter.

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Covered with Driftwood only leaves a little bit of the Gravel Road and Cotton creases.
Are you ready for the secret ingredient from your kitchen?

Flour! You simply grab a hand full of flour and cover your pumpkin with it while the paint is still wet. I often tap the pumpkin on the table gently so the excess falls off. Make sure you cover all the areas that you want to cover.

Cover the pumpkin with flour while the paint is still wet

Then take a cheap chip brush and dab it carefully in. Don't do any brush strokes, only stippling because the paint is still wet.

The pumpkin covered in flour and dabbed onto the paint with a chip brush

I keep gently tapping the pumpkin on the table so most of the excess comes off. You now have a ton of flour on your towel, but leave it there because you're going to use it. Let your pumpkin dry for about an hour.

When your pumpkin is dry, take a dry chip brush and very carefully wipe away all the excess flour. You will see that there are areas that are not completely covered. The pumpkin is paper mache and it absorbs a lot of the paint. So let's fix that.

Adding texture

For the next step, you can use a chip brush or a round brush, whatever you have laying around. I used an oval belle brush for this. Pour some Gravel Road in the lid and put a tiny bit of paint on it (if need be, dab a bit on the towel) and dab around the pumpkin where you want some more darker gray areas.

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Dabbing the Gravel Road and flour mixture onto the pumpkin to create texture

While still wet, dab your brush in the leftover flour on the towel and dab it onto the dark gray areas you just applied. This will add the texture you see in the pictures. Then I put a little more paint on, make more dark spots, cover it with more flour until you are with how it looks.

The texture that you get when mixing the paint with flower

Your faux concrete pumpkin is done!

Once you're happy with how it all looks, voila, your faux concrete pumpkin is done! Let it all dry for a few hours. Then go over it with a dry chip brush to make sure all the flower is off and proudly display your beautiful pumpkins in your home!

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