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!
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.
Once the pumpkins are painted white, I’ll add a light stripe of the Waverly Ink onto the 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.
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….
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.
I LOVE the texture this created on the pumpkins! It looks and feels like actual concrete!
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.
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!!