These DIY painted pumpkins look like cement and are easy to make using faux pumpkins and real stems. I’ll share my tips that I learned to make these look like real concrete pumpkins for a lot less work.
This year I was planning on making them again and giving you the full tutorial. But, when I was at the craft store I found some great foam pumpkins and had an aha moment! I knew I could get the same cement look with some faux pumpkins and chalk paint.
The result is perfect. DIY chalk painted pumpkins that look like concrete and were SO much simpler to make!
Easy DIY Painted Pumpkins
To make these chalk painted pumpkins that look like cement, you can use any faux foam/plastic pumpkins. These can be found at the dollar store or craft stores. You will also need a few brushes and some chalk paint.
I used a mixture of a few colors to achieve the look I was going for. Using sage green, gray and white chalk paints, I mixed the paints together to get the perfect color.
Depending on the quality of the paint you will need to use 1-3 coats of chalk paint on the pumpkins.
Last year, before I put my real pumpkins in the compost pile, I pulled off all the beautiful stems and saved them. I do this each year because I love to use them for various crafts.
So, to make these DIY painted pumpkins look extra special and incredible, you will want to pull off the fake stems from the plastic pumpkins before painting.
The foam pumpkins I bought all had little plastic stems screwed into the top of them. If you are using pumpkins that have stems molded on, you can saw or cut them off before painting the pumpkins.
And if you don’t have real stems that you can use, you could always paint the stems with gilded leaf or the same color as the pumpkin.
How To Chalk Paint Pumpkins
Ok, now I’ll show you my tips and tricks for chalk painting pumpkins to get that concrete look.
If you are painting a faux or foam pumpkin, there is no prep involved. Using a foam or bristle brush paint the pumpkin with the darkest shade of paint first. This will get the grooves dark and give it dimension.
Mix the desired color of paint that you want and paint the pumpkin all over. Allow to dry for 1 hour in-between coats of paint.
Depending on the brand of paint you are using, you will need 1-3 coats of paint plus a final dry brushing at the end.
Once the you have the pumpkin painted to your liking, take a dry bristle brush and dip in white paint. Brush off the excess paint and give the pumpkin a dry brush coat of paint avoiding the cracks. This will give your DIY painted pumpkin dimension and character, just like the real thing!
Once the paint is dry, take your real stems and hot glue onto your pumpkins, holding in place for a little under a minute to secure.
I think the real stems give these DIY painted pumpkins so much character and charm, don’t you?!
These faux pumpkins look just like cement but without all the work involved. A total win win if you ask me.
You can use these chalk painted pumpkins in your neutral fall decor for years to come. And they are lightweight and easy to store!
Let me know if you try making these concrete looking DIY painted pumpkins and tag me on Instagram! I love seeing what you create!
21 Fabulous Fall DIY Ideas
If you love crafting and creating during the fall months, then this is for you! 21 beautifully fabulous fall DIY ideas. Click the links below the images to visit each post and see more!
DIY Fall Acrylic Abstract Landscape Painting at The Happy Housie
Five Fun Fall Arrangements at Finding Silver Pennies
How to Make a Dried Floral Wreath at the Tattered Pew
DIY Painted Pumpkins that Look Like Cement at Modern Glam
How to Make a Doormat with a Cricut at The DIY Mommy
DIY Fall Sign at Clean & Scentsible
Scrap Wood Fall Pumpkins at Tatertots and Jello
Macrame Garland at Life is a Party
DIY Abstract Art Our Best Tips at The Handmade Home
Modern Fall Lunaria Wreath at This is Simplicite
Painted Mason Jars at Dans le Lakehouse
Fall Macrame Wreath at Place of My Taste
Easy DIY Fall Shelf Decor at Cherished Bliss
DIY Glitter Pumpkins at Lolly Jane
DIY Rustic Fall Flower Arrangement at Pretty Life in the Suburbs
How to Make a Handmade Clay Bead Garland at My Sweet Savannah
DIY Rustic Wood Centerpiece Box at She Gave it a Go
How to Make a Fall Wall Hanging at Cassie Bustamante
Elegant Fall Flower Arrangement at Rambling Renovators
Blush Fall Hoop Wreath Tutorial at Chrissy Marie Blog
DIY Blue and White Chinoiserie Pumpkins at Jennifer Maune
My Other Fall DIY Ideas
Here are a few other DIY fall ideas to get you inspired for fall! I love creating easy fall crafts.
These no-sew DIY Sweater Pumpkins are made using upcycled pumpkins and real stems. An easy and fun project for fall.
These Faux Pumpkin Lanterns were inspired by the real version that Martha Stewart made famous. This update uses fake pumpkins and battery operated string lights so you can use them year after year!