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How To Make Concrete Leaves
Posted By Tipnut On April 26, 2011 @ 11:30 pm In Green Thumb Projects | 5 Comments
Looking for some creative garden art ideas? Concrete leaves are just the ticket, they turn out amazing and are simply gorgeous tucked into flower beds and around the yard. Easy to make too! They’re commonly made with rhubarb leaves but smaller ones can be used too (and arranged as you like). Here are a handful of tutorials that show you how to make your own, the techniques are pretty similar but each project has a tip or two or something unique to offer so I’m including them all. Have fun!
Casting : A sand & concrete mix is made fairly liquid and then brushed on a large leaf with a paint brush. A layer of hardware mesh is added to help keep the form reinforced (mentions that drywall mesh tape can be used too).
Sand-cast Birdbath : This project makes a leaf form with a shallow depression to make it suitable for using as a birdbath. Add some color with paint or concrete dye (optional).
Bowl or Birdbath : This page has a couple ideas of using smaller leaves and arranging them to make bowls or birdbaths.
Displaying lovely items in the garden doesn’t have to be expensive, see these creative garden containers  from everyday household items, even moss can be used to add beauty to your yard.
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URLs in this post:
 Garden Art Structures: http://gardenmama.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/08/my-entry-1.html
 Casting: http://craftgrrl.livejournal.com/6623548.html
 Step-By-Step Guide: http://www.overthegardengate.net/userpages/pp_view.asp?FName=Pauliens%20Leaves
 Sand-cast Birdbath: http://www.gardengatemagazine.com/53birdbath/
 Picture Tutorial Set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/woolly_fabulous/sets/72157605045878381/
 Bowl or Birdbath: http://www.gardenmolds.com/pages/tutorials/leaf_bowl.html
 creative garden containers: http://tipnut.com/creative-container-gardening-tips-ideas/
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