There is nothing better than crafting your very own DIY concrete garden art and seeing your inside or outside garden really come to life!
There are many forms of DIY concrete garden art and in this blog, I will share many of these styles with you, and share plenty of helpful tips and tricks along the way.
From concrete garden planters and sculptures to concrete steeping stones or water fountains, get ready to roll up those sleeves, grab some cement mix and lets get started in making your very own DIY concrete garden art projects!
Types Of Concrete Garden Art
There are many types of concrete garden art and ideas for these are inspired by all types of people, styles, look, and feel.
Although there are general categories for each of these styles or types, each idea can be altered by shape, color or overall design.
Here are the main types of concrete garden art:
Concrete Planter Pots:
These can be made in any size or shape, and can even be customized with unique designs or patterns. Concrete planters are a great way to showcase your favorite plants while adding a touch of industrial chic to your outdoor space .
Concrete Garden Sculptures:
From abstract designs to realistic animal or human figures, concrete sculptures are a great way to add a unique touch of art to your garden. They can be as big or as small as you want and can be painted or left natural for a rustic look.
Concrete Stepping Stones:
Concrete stepping stones are a great way to create a walkway or path in your garden. They can be personalized with handprints, designs, or even small objects embedded in the concrete.
Decorative Concrete Benches:
A concrete bench is a stylish and functional addition to any garden. They can be molded into any shape or size, and can even be customized with decorative tiles or mosaic
Concrete Water Fountains:
A concrete water fountain is a stunning addition to any garden or patio. They can be made in a variety of styles and sizes, from simple tiered fountains to intricate sculptural designs.
A concrete birdbath is a great way to attract birds to your garden. They can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be customized with decorative tiles or patterns.
Concrete Garden Ornaments:
Concrete garden ornaments can add a touch of whimsy or elegance to your outdoor space. From garden gnomes and fairy statues to abstract geometric shapes, there are endless options for creating unique and personalized garden ornaments.
A concrete fire pit is a great way to create a cozy gathering space in your garden. They can be made in a variety of styles and sizes, and can even be customized with built-in seating or cooking surfaces .
DIY Concrete Garden Art
DIY concrete garden art is a durable, weather-resistant, and versatile option for adding personality and character to your outdoor space. This material has been used for garden art and ornamentation for thousands of years and is ideal for creating unique and personalized pieces.
With the right tools and techniques, concrete can be molded into any shape or size, making it a fun and creative project to do with kids or to add an eco-friendly and cost-effective touch to your garden.
From sculptures and fountains to planters and benches, there are endless possibilities for creating eye-catching garden art with concrete.
DIY Concrete Garden Art Materials
To be doing DIY concrete art of any kind you will need a few materials, by getting these ready beforehand will ensure the process is smooth, more time efficient, and usually less messy.
This is the basic list of materials you will need to get started with any kind of DIY concrete garden art:
This is the main ingredient in any concrete project. You can buy the concrete mix at most home improvement stores.
You’ll need water to mix with the concrete mix.
You’ll need a container to mix the concrete in. This can be a wheelbarrow, bucket, or any other large container.
You’ll need a tool to mix the concrete. A shovel or hoe works well.
Depending on the project you’re making, you’ll need molds to shape the concrete. These can be made from plastic, wood, or other materials.
If you’re using molds, you’ll need a release agent to keep the concrete from sticking to the molds. Cooking spray or petroleum jelly works well.
Depending on the size and shape of your project, you may need to reinforce it with wire mesh or rebar.
Working with concrete can be messy and potentially hazardous, so it’s important to wear protective gear like gloves, safety glasses, and a dust mask.
These are all the main materials needed to start your DIY concrete garden art projects!
Depending on your project you may need additional materials.
DIY Concrete Garden Ornaments
There are now thousands of molds for making your own DIY concrete garden ornaments at home and many of these molds can be used over and over again!
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DIY Concrete Garden Pavers
DIY concrete garden pavers are an easy and fun way to spruce up the very foundation we walk on when taking a stroll in or around our gardens.
From natural patterns to perfectly aligned grids, paver molds come in different shapes, sizes and styles to suit many surrounding environments and the color of the concrete can easily be changed by adding concrete dye powder.
Concrete dye colors are almost limitless and creating your own is always a fun and exciting time.
DIY Concrete Garden Art Tips
- Use The Right Mix: The type of concrete mix you use can make a huge difference in the durability and strength of your finished concrete masterpiece. Always use a recommended mix for your chosen ornament or sculpture.
- Prep Your Concrete Molds: Always prep your concrete molds properly to ensure the concrete does not stick to the mold and so your concrete comes out smooth. Cooking spray works great as a releasing agent and is an inexpensive alternative to buying branded releasing agents.
- Reinforcement Steel Or Mesh: If you are creating a larger piece of garden art like a bench seat or a large fountain, use wire mesh or reinforcing bar to help hold it strong and stable.
- Keep The Concrete Moist While It Cures: Don’t let the concrete dry out to quickly. This will usually result in cracking and/or less strength in the concrete overall.
Experiment with colors and textures: While gray concrete can be beautiful in its own way, don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and textures to make your piece truly unique. You can add pigment to the mix or add texture with stamps or other tools. Just be sure to test your ideas on a small piece first to ensure that the finished piece will look the way you want it to.
Have Fun Making Your Own Concrete Art Masterpieces
As always I hope this has bought you some guidance and tips on making your own DIY concrete garden art. Creating your own or buying pre-existing molds to use and/or alter is an easy and affordable option for all.
Making your own DIY concrete garden art is as easy as using your imagination, finding patterns to replicate or use, and there are many things around the home you can use as molds.
Have fun and happy creating 🙂
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