Sumetha
Sumetha
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  • Mays Landing, NJ

Elephant Ear Bird Bath

5 Materials
$30
4 Hours
Medium

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.
Dirt Mound
Dirt Mound
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
Plastic over the dirt
Plastic over the dirt
Step 2. Cover the dirt mound with trash bag
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
Step 3. Now place the leaf upside down on the dirt mound on top the plastic.
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
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
Flip it over and peel off the leaf now
Flip it over and peel off the leaf now
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
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
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
Step 6. Paint it with acrylic paint (any brand is fine). Spray it with clear coat before displaying it outdoors.
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
Lovely bird bath.
Lovely bird bath.
Step 7. All done.
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
this is another bird bath I made
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
Its a beautiful piece of art
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
my 3rd one I made
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
few more
leaf casting in cement bird bath, bathroom ideas, concrete masonry
One last one I made before the frost.

Suggested materials:

  • 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)
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  • Debbie O'Callaghan
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Where would l get the elephant leaf from l live in Great Britain

    • Teresa F
      on Jul 31, 2018

      It doesn't need to be an elephant ear leaf. You can use any large leaf with lots of veining on the underside.

  • Dez12861246
    on Jun 18, 2018

    How thick dos the cement need to be?

    • Sumetha
      on Jun 21, 2018

      an inch is good. mix it with sand it will last longer

      I dint do it with mine in the beginning. No i do one part sand

  • Lynette Stevens
    on Jul 9, 2018

    Your mix is equal parts Portland cement and sand?

    • Sumetha
      on Jul 23, 2018

      yes. i didnt mix sand in the beginning. But I do now. it makes it stronger

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