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Oak Hydrangea Leaf

Fantastic Oak Hydrangea Leaf made with vinyl concrete. Detailed directions HERE!
I have been making concrete leaves for many years. I have several throughout my yard used as bird baths, fountains/spitters and garden room décor. I will share those in a later blog. I also give them as gifts to family and friends.
This is going to be a step by step instructional.
Lately I have had several friends interested in making their own leaves. There are many instructions of different ways to make concrete leaves, but I have found over the fifteen years of making them that mine have stood the test of time. Including ice, snow, heat and grandchildren playing with them.
Start with a leaf. Big ones are nice but the smaller leaf of the oak hydrangea is my favorite.
VINYL Concrete Patcher (Quikrete)
Play Sand
Tub (large enough to hold the leaf)
Wheel Barrow or Tub to mix the Quikrete
Plastic Wrap
Plastic Gloves
Mound the sand up to the shape you want the leaf to take on and long enough for the leaf in a tub. Cover the sand with plastic wrap.
Mix the Quikrete with water extremely well with the hoe. Be sure to add plenty of water. Notice the consistency of the cement. Put the front side of the leaf on the mound of sand. Start putting the cement onto the leaf in small amounts and pat consistently to the form of the leaf.
It is best not to have any folds in the leaf, but this was quite a large leaf and was almost unavoidable. Not to worry though, it will still look great!
Let DRY- do not be anxious to see your finished leaf. I like to leave them up to a week depending on the weather to dry. Lift the leaf off carefully and let cure for several weeks before painting or using them.
This is the leaf in the above demonstration a year later.

To see more: http://www.shellknoblakegirl.com/milestones/oak-hydrangea-leaf

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  • Mitziblueyes
    Mitziblueyes Sedley, VA
    on May 30, 2014

    What kind of leaves are those? I have nothing that size so I may need to stalk my neighbors!! Very cool idea! Do u coat w any poly afterwards?

    • Minnie's Milestones by Jonni
      Minnie's Milestones by Jonni Shell Knob, MO
      on Jun 1, 2014

      @Mitziblueyes, Yes, it is a giant elephant leaf. The bulb was huge. I don't coat them with anything, just paint them with a wash of paint that I mix from leftover paint.

  • Leah Johnson
    Leah Johnson
    on May 30, 2014

    my that is neat... I have used the mix for other things but this is fantastic.. I like it... sounds like a project my grandkids could attack and have success at it...here we go==summertime fun...

  • Minnie's Milestones by Jonni
    Minnie's Milestones by Jonni Shell Knob, MO
    on May 30, 2014

    Giant Elephant Ear and unfortunately it hasn't started to come up this year. No coating, just mix my own paint for the patina effect. Be sure to watch my blog or Hometalk to see how I use the leaves in different projects/décor. Thanks for the nice comments..

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on May 30, 2014

    I love the look of these and your great directions.

  • Kitty Kent-Price
    Kitty Kent-Price Beaverton, OR
    on May 31, 2014

    Love it.

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