Since my kids are too old for these now I was looking to re-purpose the ones I have into something interesting. At least interesting to me:-)) So, since I like working with all things concrete I decided to turn mine into concrete planters. I had seen similar ideas on pinterest using a styrofoam pumpkin-but I didn't have one of those:-)) Now don't worry-this is easy-even for uncrafty people like me! Another plus is that it is really cheap. If you already have the pumpkins on hand you are in luck but if you buy them they are less than $1 a piece. If you use a sack of pre-mixed concrete (the cheap stuff) it will cost under $3 and it will do 2 planters. So, if you do 2 of these it will cost less than $5! Let's get to work creating.
For this project you will need:
1. One bag of concrete mix or your favorite concrete/hypertufa recipe
2. 2 plastic pumpkin pails
3. a tub to mix the concrete
4. Something to mix with-I use my hands or a hand hoe.
5. Cooking spray
7. An inner mold-a couple of tall cups or similar will work
8. Something to create a drainage hole-I used a couple of squares (about 1in) of styrofoam that I cut from a big piece. It has to be "tall" enough for the inner mold to sit on.
If you want to make a reusable mold you will also need:
11. A sharp cutting instrument-I used an exacto knife to cut the pumpkins in half.
After you get all your supplies together we can begin. The beginning of the instructions will show you how to make a reusable mold if you prefer to just make a pumpkin once then skip down to step 4.
1. Start by taking a sharp instrument and cut along the "seam" of the pumpkin (which should be on the side not through the face of the pumpkin. I did the bottom first them the sides like this:
3. Hold the pumpkin together and begin taping-use smaller pieces of duct tape at first to get a start then you can use bigger pieces to completely tape it back together. Also-starting at the bottom is easier (at least I thought so).
Tape the bottom up really good!
When you are done they should look like this:
4. Spray the inside of the pumpkins and your inner mold with cooking spray or some other mold release-I usually spray it in then wipe it around on the inside. Also fill your inner mold with some rocks or sand to weigh it down.
5. Take your styrofoam "spacer and put it down in the middle of the bottom.
8. Fill the bottom of the pumpkin but don't cover the styrofoam cube-just fill around it like this:
12. When it has hardened you can remove the mold. If you don't care about keeping the mold just cut off the pumpkin. If you have taped it up to reuse it all you need to do is cut off the tape.
18. Plant it up and set it out in your garden or on your steps. Here is a picture of mine out in my garden:
|Concrete pumpkin planter|
|Concrete pumpkin planter|
Until next time-Happy Planting!