Elephant Ear Bird Bath
I made this leaf casting out of elephant ear leaf. This is my 1st leaf casting and I am extremely pleased with it. Its pretty easy to make. Make sure you wear a mask when you are mixing the cement. Enjoy making your leaf casting!!!.. Thank you all for your comments and feed backs. If you make one, please do post a picture. I would love to see it.
Step 1. on a table mound the dirt or sand and form into a shape you want. this shape is good for a bird bath
Step 2. Cover the dirt mound with trash bag
Step 3. Now place the leaf upside down on the dirt mound on top the plastic.
Step 4. Mix the Portland cement with water (not too runny) and cover the leaf (mine was little too runny and went outside of the leaf (but its was ok, that made the casting bigger) take a paint brush and smooth out the cement before it dries out. cover the casting with a trash bag. leave it under a cool shaded area. so it cures evenly. Don't leave it in the sun. it will make the cement cure faster but will crack. let it cure for 48 hours
Step 5. Take a sand paper and rub along the edges and clean it out. give it a good wash and let it dry for few hours before painting
Step 6. Paint it with acrylic paint (any brand is fine). Spray it with clear coat before displaying it outdoors.
Step 7. All done.
this is another bird bath I made
Its a beautiful piece of art
my 3rd one I made
One last one I made before the frost.
- Dirt or wet sand (Home Depot)
- Portland cement/Gloves/brush (Home Depot)
- Elephant ears (pls save the bulb for next yr (grow them in your yard or in a pot)