I love the look of concrete. One day I want to have concrete countertops in my kitchen and concrete floors somewhere in our house. Since we aren’t in our forever home those things probably won’t happen anytime soon, but I can at least bring it into our home decor right?! In the past I’ve worked with actual concrete to make this Concrete Tray, but today is all about getting the look by using my super duper easy, anyone can do it method! We’re going to use an amazing product called FolkArt Painted Finishes in Concrete which just so happens to turn almost any surface into something that looks like legit concrete! Sooo what do I want make with this amazing stuff… why DIY Concrete Pumpkins of course!
You might remember my Deer Head I used with this paint last year. I’m not really sure why I haven’t used it again but I’ve been itching to use it on something else! Let’s gather some supplies and make these pretty little guys! AND if you are more of a visual person like me, I will be doing a Facebook Live tonight at 7pm MST. So make sure you’re following along with me on facebook so you don’t miss out on that!
Before we get started I wanted to explain how this concrete painted finish paint works. It comes with two different colors, a light concrete color and a dark concrete color. You can use both independently, or you can combine the two to get a more textured concrete color. Today we are going to go through the tutorial on how to use both colors, and then once you play around with the paint and get comfortable you can adjust to your liking.
- Fake Pumpkins (I found my at Walmart, but you can also use these)
- FolkArt Painted Finishes – Concrete
- FolkArt Shortie Brushes
- FolkArt Brushed Metal Acrylic Paint in Rose Gold
- Small Paint Brush
DIY Concrete Pumpkins Tutorial
Step 1: Paint Light Color Base Coat
Using your Shortie Brush apply a base coat of paint using the light concrete color. This paint is very thick and textured so your going to apply it by dabbing the paint on, not brushing it like you would traditional paint. Keep applying until your pumpkin is completely covered. I just held mine by the stem and didn’t fully paint the bottom so I would have a way to set it down to dry, but don’t let it dry before the next step! If you don’t want to blend in the darker concrete color you can skip step 2 and let this coat dry.
Step 2: Blend in Dark Concrete Color
While your light base coat is still wet, dab in a small amount of the dark concrete color. You can use as little or much as you want. You can focus on the creases, or do it all over. For this tutorial I blended it throughout the whole pumpkin. Once you are happy with the darker concrete color blended in set it down and let it fully dry. No need to seal this paint, it is self sealing so it will be ready to go… almost, just one little detail to go!
Step 3: Paint the Stem
Once your concrete pumpkin is dry, it’s time to add a little pop of Rose Gold by painting the stem. I did have to apply 2 coats to get it to fully cover, but depending on your exact pumpkins this might not be absolutely necessary!
As you can see in the picture above the paint dries very textured and really gives a true concrete look to your surface! This is such a fun paint and can be used so many different ways! I’d love to know what you would create with this amazing paint!
I will be using these concrete pumpkins in a Thanksgiving Tablescape coming up soon, so I can’t wait to share with you how to use these in your decor!
Don’t forget to tune in tonight for my Facebook Live where I will make these concrete pumpkins Live and you can join in and see first hand how the process works!
Have a beautiful day friends!