How to Cast a Cement Garden Leaf

by Teri
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I love making these cement leafs for my garden or they even make wonderful gifts. Lets get started and I will show you just how easy it is.
You first will need to get started. Pick out any leaf with nice veins on the underneath side. A sand pile, plastic wrap, gloves ,mask, water, cement, and a bin or something to mix your cement in.
Shape you sand into a dome, making sure it's wide enough for the entire leaf to rest on with a few inches to spare. Now cover your dome with a piece of plastic wrap. The wrap will act as a barrier between the sand and the leaf, making clean up easier.
Put on your mask and gloves and mix up your cement. You will want to mix up enough cement to cover your leaf keeping the middle about 3/4 to 1 inch thick, and tapering out to the edges about 1/4 inches. Your cement should be like the feel of fudge. It shouldn't be to thin or it will run off the leaf.
Once you have covered your leaf with cement you then cover it with a plastic bag lightly over the top and secure with rocks on the corners, so it won't blow off. It takes a few days to set up depending on the size of leaf. You can begin checking after 24 hours. After it is completely dry gently turn it over. Do Not grab the edges when turning. Your middle (the thickest part) is the best area.
Now you start peeling off the leaf. Some of the leaf will stick in side the veins or other area's. That is normal and take a small pick or whatever you find that will work to get those area's. Peeling and clean up takes sometime to do on the bigger leafs.
Seal with a cement or outdoor sealer and your ready to paint or leave natural.
Since the 4th of July is just around the corner I decided to make mine red, white, and blue and even added a sparkling shine. Enjoy everyone!
My garden helper Bert. He loves getting into the spirit too.
Suggested materials:
  • Cement, gloves, ask, plastic wrap, sand, water, and tote.   (lowe's)
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  • Minoosh Maalizadeh Minoosh Maalizadeh on Dec 21, 2016
    How did u get the detail and the notches all around the edges of your Leaf
  • Mary mitchell Mary mitchell on Jan 26, 2017
    where do you get such big leaves ?
  • Diann Diann on Feb 09, 2021

    Can you use fake leaves? I would like to recycle them and reuse

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  • Faye Hankins Faye Hankins on May 01, 2017

    Really good job but hard to find a leaf big enough here. I am going to check the large leaf magnolia and see if it has the veining needed. Thanks for the post

    • Teri Teri on May 01, 2017
      Im forever checking out the back of leafs. I have used trees, flowers, pumpkin. Hosta or lily makes a smaller but pretty leaf. That size makes a great gift if you add cute hand soaps, candle, wash cloth and cover with a colored saran wrap.
  • Barb Barb on Jan 19, 2018

    Very nice Teri those are huge leaves love it . I wish I had them when I made my solar fountain out of pumpkin leaves and grape leaves back in 2016.