Gardens are one of the most relaxing places to be. Adding features, like benches and statues, can make the garden area seem almost like an outdoor retreat. Garden ornaments add charm and whimsical features to the space. A concrete bird bath adds even more natural elements. It is fun to sit and watch all the different birds attracted to one little pool of water. It is not difficult to add some of these great features to your garden.
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Things you need
- Spritzer or misting bottle of water
- Quick setting concrete
- Wheel barrel or bucket
- Shovel or garden hoe
- Easy access to water
- 2-by-4 pieces of wood
- Glass stones or beads for embellishing
Choose a simple design to create. This could be a bird bath or even a planter. The less detailed the garden ornament, the easier it is to make. These instructions will show how to make a stepping stone.
Create a square frame from the 2-by-4s. The square should only be about 1 foot by 1 foot. This is a good starter mould.
Add a layer of sand about 2 inches thick in the wood frame. The sand will allow the concrete to form a level bottom when you pour it into the mould.
Mix the quick-setting concrete as directed by the manufacturer. This can be done in a bucket for one stepping stone or a wheel barrel for several stones.
Pour the concrete mixture into the wood frame. Be careful not to let the concrete overflow the mould. Shake the mould or hit the sides to release any air bubbles from the concrete. Slide a board across the top of the concrete to make the surface smooth.
Spritz the concrete with water if it is drying too fast. Add the glass stones or pebbles to the mould by pressing them firmly into the concrete. Create a geometric pattern or other eye-catching display.
Allow the concrete stepping stone to dry for at least 24 hours. The stepping stone should release with ease. Dust off the sand from the bottom of the stepping stone.
Tips and warnings
- Round stepping stones can be made by pouring 2 inches of concrete mixture into the bottom of a 5-gallon bucket. Spray the bucket with an oil or cooking spray for easy release.
- The stepping stones can be carved while still wet. Allow the concrete to set up slightly and then, using a stick or other instrument, carve shapes, letters or numbers into the stone.
- Concrete mix contains lime, which will cause the skin to dry out. Using gloves reduces the skin's exposure to the concrete.
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