Garden Types - Created Date : 29.8.2019
Collect your tools and materials. Some sort of mixing box or 5 gal. Bucket maybe. Gloves are required to transport wet concrete. Don't do that without them. And if you have a mortar anchor, use only a garden anchor.
After achieving the right consistency, start by placing a handful of mixture in the middle of the leaf, handful to the edge of the leaf, pressing down and outward towards the edge of the leaf. It follows the leaf contour as it progresses. By doing so, you will stain any trapped air bubbles. try not to keep the top of the mound flat. Otherwise, you will lose the "bowl" of the bird bath and will not retain water.
When you come to the final step of shaping the bird bath, you may want to add chicken wire for added strength. this may depend on the size of your leaves. this leaf is too big, so when i came to the end of the shaping step i added a piece. At this point my bird bath was about 2 "thick in the center. Maybe 1" thick on the edge.
Start picking or peeling the leaves. removing as much as you can. At this point the veins will be pulled down
At this point in the concrete digging for them. The concrete is still soft enough to soften the bird or be easy to gouge. You can try to get them out in a few days. I used a meat picker from the nut cracker set I had in the kitchen drawer (which I never used).
I also sprayed a garden hose to wash some of the debris.
Thanks for the instructions, Carolyn. Now I have to wait until next year because I have all the big rhubarb and I only have small leaves ......... the second time I can make small bird baths and leaf dishes for a drink. Then next year take a great bird bath. Beautiful.
Jerry, we did some of the hosta leaves we did first. The same concept will not only be smaller and as large as the pedestal.
Cal, this project was easy. Having the tools was the hardest part. I had to go to my husband's shop and confiscate most of them. Otherwise I was amazed at what to use for the mortar box, I was happy to have one. (I had the privilege to use it to help freemasons laying the foundation of the lean-greenhouse.) Anchor To mix concrete, but only to any anchor. It will only be slightly more resistant to the mixing method.
Excellent instructions. I think I can do this! What size of bag and type of concrete did you use?
Now, I have to wait on larger leaves.
The finished product is totally awesome. If I were a bird ... I would stand there and splash water!
Oh, my God, this is a big leaf. I could try a smaller version using an Elephant Ear leaf, mine isn't really big, but the bird bath can be hung on a tree.
A few years ago, I bought a little concrete and a large metal pan just to do this but I never did.
By the way, your son is a good-looking young man. It's nice to be willing to help with a smile on his face.
Hi cheryl, This project took two 40lb bags and took some more from a third bag. I should've put this in writing, but I forgot. Most of the leaves do not get so concrete. So don't be afraid to make one. We used two 80 lb bags for the first time and received 4 large sheets and 3 hosta leaves for the amount of concrete we had to work with. I'm waiting for my Indian beans to become bigger to use them. I made it from a burdock leaf.
Quickrete comes in 40lb and 80lb bags. I chose the 40s, not because I couldn't handle the 80s, but also because I didn't want to hurt myself by bending and pouring.
Thanks Toni for my son's complement. He's a great kid. He's the one who saved my chicken coop from the smell. By the way, it still smells!
The fact that you can do this is very easy.
Jerry, when I first did it, I painted acrylic on the leaf. Absorbs color directly into concrete and is part of finish
I really love this Carolyn! I want to try it. Great instructions, by the way - thank you for taking the time to put it together. Your son is a good-looking young man with a beautiful smile who is happy to help you (and us).
Thanks for the complement at Adrian, Daisybeans. He's a great help. I'm very welcome to study, I've spent some time (mostly trying to have clean hands to hold the camera), taking photos from start to finish, but I wonder if others do the same. I can do it myself.
Thanks to philip and gfreiherr for your kind words. The project was fun and the finished product was a keeper. or a great gift for someone else.
If anyone has something that isn't clear enough if you want to try the project, feel free to ask any questions. I hope I didn't forget to add anything.
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