Making and Painting Cement Pumpkins Using Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint

Fall is the prettiest time of year, especially if you are in a color-changing state like we are in Michigan! The days grow shorter, nights get an edge of a chill, and our crafting bug calls out to us to start projects! This week, we ventured out to make cement pumpkins.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Gathering our supplies, this is what we pulled together:

  • cement mix in a bag (one bag made two pumpkins)

  • a large bucket to mix cement

  • trowel

  • water

  • plastic pumpkins

  • Solo cups

  • plastic wrap

  • cooking spray

  • Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint in a variety of colors.

  • Not shown but needed: a large brick, sanding block, and a utility knife.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

We began by mixing the cement according to instructions on the bag. Texture was key—not too runny!

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Next, we sprayed the inside of the plastic pumpkins, so the cement would not stick to the surface. Watch for thorough coverage!

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

We then packed the cement into the pumpkin, smacking it down onto a heavy surface every now and then to minimize air pockets and make sure the cement was settling evenly. This is an important step, so don’t forget! We left a little room at the top, as we would be adding the solo cup to form a center vase shape.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

The solo cup got sprayed, too. No sticking here!

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Next, insert the cup into the center of the cement. Push firmly down all the way. Wipe away any concrete overspill.

dsc_831Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Cover with plastic wrap so you can place something heavy on it (this way the cup will stay in place). If you don’t do this, whatever you put on it to weigh it down will stick to the concrete.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

We used a large brick that was quickly available. Just choose something heavy enough to do the job. Allow to dry for several hours or overnight.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Now for the reveal! Slice the plastic with a utility knife like an artichoke and peel back. Be careful not to cut too deep, so you don’t mar the cement finish.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Let the exposed cement pumpkin cure a few more hours if it still appears damp, or whatever time is needed for your current climate.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

He’s ready to paint! Isn’t he so cute already?

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Brush on Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint in your choice of color. We made a variety, but orange is the obvious classic choice!

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Grab a sanding block and distress as desired. 

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Take special care to sand the top opening as to knock off any rough spots where you will be touching.

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Now it’s time to style or fill your little work of cement art! We used fresh flowers and pickings from the surrounding woods, but you can fill with candy, sand and a pillar candle, dried or silk flowers and leaves, or whatever your creative mind can think up!

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

Now this pumpkin will last forever, and no one will try to kick it off your porch! Stay tuned for more crafting and decorating fun using Bungalow 47™ Furniture Paint!

Painting cement pumpkins using Bungalow 47 paint

We got this idea from a video we saw on You Tube. Get inspired and make it your own!

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5 Comments

  1. How fun! I just came across this on Pinterest and it looked really familiar. Thanks for linking to our original video. Your pumpkins came out great. ~Vicki, Mother Daughter Projects

    1. No. You pretty much have to cut it away to reveal the cement pumpkin. But you can buy them at the dollar store, so it’s an easy investment!

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