Make garden decoration of concrete yourself

Make garden decoration of concrete yourself

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Casting concrete can be used to realize extremely diverse DIY projects. It is particularly suitable to make small-scale garden decoration of concrete itself. Simple dry concrete from the hardware store can also be used well for slightly larger parts. This coarser structure can have its own charm.

For very fragile DIY concrete objects, however, it should already be the crafting concrete, which unfortunately is quite expensive. A feasible alternative (though not quite equivalent) is to sieve the construction market concrete, so that there are not too big stones in it, which can lead to breakage in smaller parts. In any case, concrete must thoroughly dry and set before it is removed from the molds. Do not be fooled, even if it seems relatively solid, it is still often not strong enough and breaks easily.

Concrete decoration for the garden has its own charm. The material looks very natural without painting (especially if you mix a small amount of soil in the concrete). A painting makes a small craft out of it. Last but not least, such decorative objects made of concrete are a nice gift idea. Depending on the style or hobby, different figures can be cast. These gifts are very durable and yet do not represent decades of enduring hazardous waste, like many other decorations.

Of course, concrete pouring is also good for crafting with children. It is important, however, especially in children, to protect the skin and eyes, because concrete is quite aggressive. In addition, the eyes of children are much closer to the material than adults. So put on goggles and put on gloves, then you can start.

Material requirement and tool list

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Material requirements:

Casting concrete approx. 14.95 EUR
Cement (mix with sand and water) about 4.39 EUR
Forms of all kinds, such as
-Silicone baking molds about 3,99 EUR
Balloons about 4.99 EUR
Disposable dishes about 6,99 EUR
- special casting mold stepping stone approx. 8.50 EUR
Acrylic Paint Set, ca. 9,99 EUR
-Glasmosaiksteine ​​about 5,49 EUR
-Possibly. Release agent approx. 10.50 EUR

needed tools:

Depending on the mold used, further aids may be useful. Here you can be quite creative and implement your own ideas.

Spatula (dough scraper also works)
Flaps or kitchen paper

Step 1: Set up workstation

You need a workplace that is protected from direct sunlight and rain for at least 2 to 3 days for this DIY concrete project. The place / table should also be covered with something insensitive, so that small clumsiness when dealing with the concrete no permanent damage.

Then you put all material and tools at your fingertips. Particularly important are the rubber or disposable gloves and if necessary goggles and dust mask.

A bucket of water next to the workplace for the interim washing of tools and vessels makes the equipment perfect.

Step 2: Prepare molds

So that the concrete does not set, before you are finished with your project, you prepare the forms first best.

If you use wood or cardboard as a mold, you need a release agent - even from hard plastic molds, concrete can be loosened more easily if you use a release agent. This is especially for the hobby concrete casting or (in large containers) as a building requirement. So adjust the molds and if necessary spray or paint with the release agent.

The shapes should be able to stand there when they are filled. Especially with soft, thin silicone molds, switching after filling is difficult or even impossible.

If your mosaic or glass stones u. Ä. to use in your shapes, then place this decoration material in the molds before filling - whenever they are later to be used in reverse. For the concrete lanterns, use disposable cups or other plastic cups for the recess.

In the cups you can fill sand or something similar, to complain enough. If you want to cast a concrete planter, that's the same principle. But think of a drain. For example, you can put or glue a cork or rolled cardboard on the bottom of the mold.

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Cast concrete or cement, sand and water

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Prepare mold - if necessary Insert decorative stones

Step 3: Mix concrete

The cast concrete is mixed according to the instructions on the packaging. If in doubt, rather wet, so it is easier to fill. After mixing and dressing, it must be processed quickly.

Safety note: Make sure that it does not dust too much and does not inhale any dust, which is harmful to your health. If in doubt, put on a dust mask. In any case stir slowly and pour in the dry concrete carefully and do not just pour.

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Mix concrete with water

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Mix small quantities well

Always mix only the amount that you can process in a short time and therefore rather several times to touch new concrete for crafting. If you like, you can also add color pigments to the concrete when mixing. Depending on the object, this can be an interesting design variant.

Step 4: Fill molds

The forms are filled quickly. You shake the shapes a little, or stir with a thin stick in it, so that the concrete compacts and air pockets are avoided.

A dough scraper is a very useful tool for smaller shapes. Trowels and spatulas can also be used well for larger shapes. So you can smooth out the concrete on the surface and pull it to the edges.

Clean the tool and bucket you use for concrete mixing well with water after each operation.

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A dough scraper is good for smoothing

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For silicone molds, a funnel can be used

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Fill small molds with a spoon.

Step 5: Dry and cure

Depending on the weather, material and material thickness, it takes two to three days before you can remove the concrete from the molds. Meanwhile, do not place the molds in the direct sun or in a place with a temperature below 10° Celsius, otherwise cracks may form.

Step 6: Remove the concrete from the molds

You should wait at least 2 days before you make the first attempt to release a concrete part from its mold. The surface looks dry quickly, but underneath, the concrete is still wet for a long time and gets stuck there accordingly slower.

When well dried and firm, carefully remove the concrete parts from the molds. This is especially easy with silicone molds and balloons. Unfortunately, cardboard easily bonds to the concrete and is harder to remove if no release agent is used. Special casting molds, on the other hand, are easy to solve.

If something should break, you may be able to glue or spatulate it if the part is painted anyway. But especially with very narrow parts, this is easy and therefore you should consider having to pour one or the other part again.

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It takes the longest time in closed balloons

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Special casting molds dissolve easily

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From below, the concrete is still very humid

Step 7: Grinding

Burrs, sharp edges and disturbing bumps you can grind. Sandpaper in different grain sizes is suitable for this purpose. An old rasp / file can also be used for larger parts. But: The tool suffers but very and dull, so really only use sorted tools to do so.

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Compensate for unevenness

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Sand sharp edges and burrs

Step 8: Painting the garden decoration of concrete

With colorful acrylic paints you can put beautiful colored accents or paint whole parts in cheerful colors. At the same time, the contrast of the materials is exciting. The trend color "copper" or "Inkagold" and similar metal tones are also noble and interesting.

Especially as signs for herbs, small concrete parts are also very good. You just describe it with a waterproof thick felt-tip pen.

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Gingerbread hearts made of concrete

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Fresh summer colors in the windlight made of concrete

If everything is dry, then you distribute the decoration in your garden. Making concrete garden decoration yourself is relatively easy and lots of fun.

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Lanterns fitting to the bank pads.

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Concrete gingerbread hearts among the daylilies.

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An old typewriter with concrete letters.

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There is much to discover in an exciting garden.

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