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 Songster

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    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 Songster

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    That is soooo cool! Thanks for sharing!
     

  5. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

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    omg gorgeous!
     
  6. IHeartCapnHook

    IHeartCapnHook Songster

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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 Songster

    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 Songster

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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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