DIY Stacking Pumpkins – Faux Concrete Finish

Have you seen the oh so popular stacking pumpkins for fall? I want to give them a try and found a set at Five Below after no luck at Dollar Tree. This time around I’m trying the concrete finish look so I can leave them out through November. Come with me to create these DIY stacking pumpkins with a faux concrete finish!

Five Below Stackable Pumpkins

This set does have a Jack O’ Lantern face on the bottom pumpkin so I’ll just turn it around so that it’s not seen.

Supplies I’m Using…

  • One Set of Stacking Pumpkins (Five Below & Dollar Tree)
  • Waverly Snow White and Ink Chalk Paint
  • Corn Starch & Baking Soda
  • Paint Brushes
  • Plastic Cup & Plastic Spoon

Getting started I’ll paint each pumpkin with a 2-3 coats of the Snow White paint, allowing the coats to dry in between.

orange plastic pumpkin and Waverly Snow White chalk paint
orange plastic pumpkin painted with one coat of white paint

Once the pumpkins are painted white, I’ll add a light stripe of the Waverly Ink onto the pumpkin “ribs.”

plastic pumpkin painted white and black paint added to pumpkin ribs

Creating the Gray “Concrete” Color….

Now we can move on to the next step of creating a concrete gray color by mixing some of the Snow White with just a small amount of the Ink. It doesn’t take much of the Ink color to darken the white, so add very small amounts at a time until you get the desired color.

white and black chalk paint being mixed to create gray
white and black chalk paint being mixed to create gray
plastic pumpkin painted gray

As I paint the gray onto the pumpkins I’ll work to blend the gray with the black stripes, leaving darker areas on the “ribs” of the pumpkin.

Adding Some “Concrete” Texture….

plastic pumpkin painted gray with baking soda sprinkled on the wet paint
plastic pumpkin painted gray with baking soda sprinkled on the wet paint

Next, I’ll add another coat of gray(I mixed the gray a little darker for second coat.) and while the paint is still wet liberally sprinkle on baking soda. You can use corn starch or baking soda for this part. Let this dry several hours or overnight. I’ll sit mine outside in the sun to dry for several hours. On a side note, I tried both baking soda and corn starch and had better results with the baking soda.

plastic pumpkin painted gray with baking soda sprinkled on the wet paint
completed DIY stacking pumpkins with faux concrete finish

I LOVE the texture this created on the pumpkins! It looks and feels like actual concrete!

completed DIY stacking pumpkins with faux concrete finish

I’m using these DIY stacking pumpkins on my front porch and it gets pretty windy out there so when I pop the pumpkins together I’ll add a few drops of hot glue to help hold them together.

DIY Stacking Pumpkins - Faux Concrete Finish
DIY Stacking Pumpkins - Faux Concrete Finish

I’m so happy with these DIY stacking pumpkins and how they look on my front porch combined with my fall plants!! Have you tried them? Let me know what you think!!

DIY Stacking Pumpkins - Faux Concrete Finish

More Front Porch Inspiration….

Easy Halloween Trick or Treat Tree

Hey There Pumpkin Dollar Tree Sign

Easy Faux Pumpkin Make-Over

DIY Vintage Apple Basket

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I love baking, re-purposing items for my home, garage sales (goes hand in hand with re-purposing), hand crafting items, being outdoors, and now blogging.

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