How I did it: after much talk about what to do with giant & elegant castor leaves before the frost hit, my mother in law (The Amazing Artist) & i decided to make bird baths out of them* so we gathered all the supplies together, thankfully picked our leaves & we molded away at our new creations! seeing that the concrete itself had to cure & dry for about a week, in between that time it allowed for us to get ideas on how we wanted to paint them* i decided to lean into the fall colors as shown in the picture above! it's going to make a great addition to our little garden & i believe the birds will be much appreciative to their new gift*
Lessons & tips: Have a fun/artsy partner with you~you can learn together & it makes the experience more enjoyable.
On your sand mound make sure it has a nice hill/bump in the middle because this is going to form the curve in your bird bath.... my mother-in-law did this & her turned out more as a leaf cup instead of a flatter surface like mine*
Use vinyl concrete as oppose to just regular concrete because this leads to a very rocky core which makes it a little hard to notice fine details from your leaf print & makes painting your bird bath easier~
make sure your sealer is ECO friendly, its a little pricey but worth it to those sweet lil' birds*
you can also do this project without the stand, as we did! just leaf itself will really stand out beautifully in your garden*
Have fun & be creative & remember the possibilities are endless!
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