how to make a cement bird bath out of a leaf :) pic heavy

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  1. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    How to make a cement bird bath out of a leaf

    edited to say that I got this idea from an old gardening magazine [​IMG]

    start off with making a mound of sand and covering with saran wrap

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    Find big leaf I use a weed I think it is called burdock (whatever it is it grown burrs so I always cut it down before that happens) you can use a rhubarb leaf as well. Place over saran wrap

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    Put cement over thinly about 1/4 inch

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    wrap in saran again

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    let dry like that

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    Peel off leaf once dry I use chips to stabalize and keep from breaking as I work, you can scrub off with hard brush what does not peel easily

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    Now for the base I use a cardboard tube at home depot meant for piles

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    Fill with cement put on saran wrap

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    Place leaf and push down gently to create dip in cement for it to sit in, then remove and let dry for several days

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    then peel back paper leaving pillar and paint you can use any paint as long as you use a cement water tight sealer over or you can use a non toxic cement stain with out sealant.

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    Last edited: May 8, 2009
  2. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Those are amazing!!! I'll never look at my burdocks the same way again! (That is what I call them too, but I'm not sure I'm right.)
    I definitely want to make one or two.
     
  3. Also known as Hitchhiker plant! I HATE those burrs and my Newfoundland dog does too!
    Beautiful!

    Would love to see one spray painted in gold or silver!
     
  4. KittyKelly

    KittyKelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is soooo cool! Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    omg gorgeous!
     
  6. IHeartCapnHook

    IHeartCapnHook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that is superlative!!!
    What an amazing idea! I only wish I had huge leaves like that around here!
    You are so creative!
     
  7. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:Yep, the Golden and the Aussie always had trouble with them too. I just went out to see how big the leaves on my rhubarb are getting!!
     
  8. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    thanks I got the idea from a gardening magazine from years ago, I cant take credit for it [​IMG] should have mentioned that in the original post.
     
  9. ro.netcmarie

    ro.netcmarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is neat and very pretty! well next year i know what i will make mom for mother's day!!!(not enough time to make considering its this weekend!) thnks for sharing!!
     
  10. astylishgirl

    astylishgirl Animal Lover Supreme

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    This is FABULOUS!!!! Your yard is a dream.
     
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