It's spring, which means families everywhere will be spending a lot more time outside. There are all kinds of great things to look forward to in spring, like blossoming gardens, Sunday cookouts, and a whole bunch of mosquitoes. Well, maybe one of those isn't as great as the other two ... If your house is anything like mine, the backyard and patio areas have fallen into disarray since last summer. When it's cold outside, it's hard to stay motivated to keep your yard in tip-top shape. Whether it's piles of dead leaves or a dirty porch, it feels like there's always something preventing me from spending as much time outside as I should.
If you suffer from this problem too, then I've got great news for you. There's a new trend floating around called "leaf casting," and it's making even the most basic lawns look like they were designed by a professional landscaper. While the method itself isn't exactly "new" (Mother Nature has been using it to make fossils for billions of years) there are all kinds of useful tutorials online that make it easier than ever to add this fun accent to your garden. This is a great project for the whole family to enjoy together, so why not spend the afternoon outside and craft something awesome?
All you need to get started is concrete, sand, some basic gardening tools, and one huge leaf of your choosing. Of course, you can do this with any sized leaf, but the bigger ones turn out looking better and end up having more uses. Check out these step-by-step instructions to learn how you can cast your very own leaves.
Here's everything you'll need to get started:
- One large leaf (oak hydrangea works the best)
- Concrete mix
- A large tub
- A container to mix the concrete in
- Plastic wrap
First, pour the sand into the large tub and place a layer of plastic wrap on top. Next, lay your leaf on top of the plastic wrap and gently press it into the sand.
Mix your concrete in a separate container (this is where the hoe comes in) and begin spreading it on top of the leaf. Make sure you cover the leaf evenly since all this concrete will be a part of the finished product.
Finally, let it dry. When you lift it out of the container, the plastic and leaf should easily peel out of the concrete mold. If you'd like to paint your new leaf casting, allow it to sit outside and cure for a week or two before doing anything to it.
If you'd like to see this process in action, watch the helpful video below.
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