Everyone is always looking for new and creative ways to decorate their homes. Unless you’re a professional designer, though, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.
That’s why it’s so much fun — not to mention, a lifesaver! — to take your cue from other handy and crafty people. Following their lead, you’ll be able to turn your house into a home in no time.
This creative project, for instance, is both easy and cheap. By the time you’re finished, you’ll have made a unique addition to your home that’s truly one of a kind. The best part? You won’t need much of a helping hand — so to speak.
Whether you have a notoriously “black” thumb or you’re just dreading the thought of having to tidy up the mess that is your garden, rest assured! You can up the ante on your sad flower bed in no time. All you’ll need is a bag of quick-setting concrete mix, a pair of latex gloves, and scissors.
First, mix the quick-setting concrete according to the directions on the package. Take care to follow the instructions carefully, as you don’t want to make any mistakes at this part of the process. Next, grab those gloves!
Now, carefully pour the concrete mixture into the gloves. To make this process easier (and perhaps less messy,) this can be done with a funnel. Be sure to work the concrete well into the fingers of the gloves; you’ll want to make sure to remove all of the air bubbles! This might sound pretty weird — you’ll be thinking, “What the heck does this have to do with my garden?” — but when you see what you’ll create with these gloves, you’ll be impressed to say the least!
Once all of the concrete has filled the gloves and you’ve removed the air bubbles, you can start to shape the hands and fingers as the cement begins to dry. The idea is to create a natural-looking curve in the fingers to make it look as if the hands are holding something. This will be a very important step for later on in the project!
After the cement has completely dried, it’s time to grab your scissors! Cut along the side of one hand and slowly peel the latex gloves off of your neat creation. You can really start to see it take shape at this point! Can you tell what you’ll be able to do with these?
A quick note about peeling off the latex: you’ll want to do this as slowly and carefully as possible, as some of the material could be pinched in the creases and crevices formed by the hands. This may seem tedious and take some time, but patience is key. You also want to avoid chipping or cracking the concrete. In the long run, you’re going to thank yourself for taking these steps!
Now it’s time to place those hands in your garden! It’s a literal plant holder! Rest the hands in your garden, and simply place some soil and plants in the “palms” of your creation. Adding rocks is an especially nice touch. Succulents, which don’t require much water and don’t sprout super-long roots, are perfect for this sort of project.
What do you think? Those cement plant holders look great, but they’re not the only items you can create. How about a concrete pumpkin? Not only is it easy to make, but it’s inexpensive — and it would look absolutely amazing in a fall-themed garden.
Your first step in making your DIY concrete pumpkin: head out to the craft store. You’ll need some plastic pumpkins, of course. Then, pick up a mix of peat moss, concrete, and some perlite. You won’t need too many items for this particular project, and it’ll all be well worth your time.
Next, combine one cup of peat moss with two cups of the concrete and the perlite. Also, be sure to buy some cement coloring so you can make your pumpkin any shade you desire. You’re off to an excellent start, and the beautiful finished decoration is just around the corner!
Be sure that you cover the tiny hole that can be found at the bottom of the plastic pumpkin. Now, it’s finally time to do the filling! Stir your mixture and, using a spade, fill the pumpkin to the absolute brim. You have to see how this easy-to-make DIY pumpkin looks when it’s all finished…
Be sure to see the full article with the pumpkin instructions here!
Not only are these great weekend projects, but no one in the neighborhood will have a garden quite like yours.
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