How to make concrete garden pillars

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How to make concrete garden pillars
Concrete garden pillars are durable. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Make your own concrete garden pillars by using an inexpensive heavy-duty cardboard tube to create the column shape. A garden pillar is simple to construct on your own, giving you the opportunity to add mortar colourant or decorative painting for a creative touch. Concrete pillars are strong enough to mount a birdbath or mechanical decoration that requires elevation.

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Things you need

  • 20 cm (8 inch) cardboard tube
  • Concrete
  • Water
  • Cling film
  • 2 stepping stones
  • Rubber gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Concrete sealant
  • Mortar colourant, optional

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  1. 1

    Cut a 20 cm (8 inch) diameter patio footing tube to the desired height for the garden pillar. These tubes, made of heavy-duty cardboard, are available for purchase at home supply shops.

  2. 2

    Place a cement stepping stone on a flat surface and cover the top surface with two to three layers of cling film. Set the tube in a vertical position on top of the stone. Wrap the plastic around the bottom of the tube. This will hold the concrete inside.

  3. 3

    Mix the concrete according to the package instructions to create a mixture with the consistency of pudding. Have a person hold the tube while you fill it with concrete. Cover the top opening with cling film and place a stepping stone on top.

  4. 4

    Dry the concrete pillar for a minimum of two days. Remove the tube from the concrete pillar by tearing it off in sections.

  5. 5

    Place the pillar in a protected area to let it cure for a minimum of one week. This will ensure the concrete is dry and hard.

  6. 6

    Seal the concrete pillar by painting or spraying on a concrete sealer before using it in the garden. Apply paint or decals to the pillar before sealing, if desired.

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