Concrete Mushrooms

Working with concrete and hypertufa is by far my two of my favorite medias.

I wanted to make a few concrete mushrooms but I wanted them to be different. I knew I wanted to use the Hypertufa so they would have the rough appearance with holes, dips and scraggly looking edges. I even chipped off more edges to add to the appearance.

The tops were made with plastic bowls and the bottoms were made with large cardboard oatmeal containers. My favorite one is the yellow one because the top is tapered and to me it looks more like a real mushroom.

Painting them was fun the blending of colors, adding some metallics, adding stones and finally working on the stems and adding large fleck glitter to marine spar to get the look I wanted.

I ended up painting marine spar on the entire mushroom to weatherproof it and lessen the chance of the colors fading.

At first they would not sit up straight so I found some rocks I could glue to the base underneath and that helped.

These mushrooms took quite a few stones to get the look I wanted. I found the stones at my local Hobby Lobby and the At Home Store & I used E6000 to glue the stones on. I would say roughly I spent about $12.00 on all the stones and $5.00 on the glue.

Do I like everything I create that is a big NO but every project I create makes someone happy because I give away a lot of the stuff I create.

Creativity allows me to express myself, think of new challenges, find inspiration in everyday life and it allows me to use my imagintation for something artistic.

Creativity engages the mind and allows us to make a connection with ourself. Creative expression gives us a voice without words. It gives us confidence to know we can do anything we want to do.

It keeps our mind active which is very important as we get older noone wants a mushy mind.

Creative people are very happy people because they can breathe deeply and take in life one project at a time.

Another leaf

I currently have 3  concrete leaf bird feeders hanging in our yard.

Two green, gold and copper ones in the back yard. They look different but similiar.

One orange, red, gold and copper in the front yard.

My husband and I did a flower bed for my mother and law last mothers day. I had made her a few small concrete pots and one Extra large one. We bought plants and shared some of our plants with her, weed killed the bed put down mulch and it turned out amazing.

We take turns going by there to water the stuff so she does not have to worry about it.

Since she mentioned then that she would like a bird feeder I figure we can surprise her with this one.

My mother n law has always been more of a mom to me than a mother n law she is the most wonderful person you could ever meet. She has been an amazing influence on my life I feel so blessed to have her.

We have been hanging these bird feeders up with brass chain and they look amazing. The holes are for the chain and drainage holes in case it ever rains again lol.

I painted the bottom of this one greens and copper to look like aged copper.  It is so much fun to play with the paint on these to get them like you want.

This one is roughly 22″ x 18″ they are big I have used all my big leaves and have to wait for some more to grow lol.

I have yet to capture the true beauty in my pictures of these leaves.

When you can create something with your hands and give it away to someone special that is what LIFE is all about.

Concrete Leaf Bird Feeder

I love working with concrete and this weekend I finally got a chance to cast a few concrete leaves.

For this leaf I used a taro leaf it is one of our bog plants for the pond but it is similiar to an elephant ear plant. This was a really large one.

The first one turned out great, the next two I broke because I kept messing with them before they were cured but the fourth one is ready to paint today. I suggest letting them dry 24 hours before touching them.

I wanted these leaves to have glamourous rich type sheen so I used metallic paints in several different greens and golds. Then I used a regular brown on the stems.

These concrete leaves allowed me to be creative, cast something new in a media I love working with & paint it for its final reveal.

This leaf will be used for a bird feeder to hang in the trees. I hope I can get a few more made this week.

These leaves could also make a beautiful decor piece for your home or even a shallow bird bath.

Life is good and I live to be creative.

 

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

Pablo Picasso

Golf ball Critters

At the auction last weekend I won two lots of golf balls. That is 600 golf balls.

I found oodles of golf ball critters on Pinterest.

So far I have made two caterpillars one for my sister and one for me.

Next I will probably try some ladybugs.

I thought about gluing some around a flower pot and stacking them like bricks.

Does anyone have any brilliant ideas for golf balls?

I am using some to make some flowers but I am making them different than before. This time I glue golf tee head down to the ball with hot glue. Then I will paint them.

Pics will be coming soon!

DIY Concrete flower pot

This was my first large concrete flower pot.

I have already made the second one for my mother in law.

I used the same exercise ball from the orb but this time I left a larger hole and trimmed it out some to make it irregularly shaped on the top edge.

On the second coat, I added in some peat moss to give it texture. This was 3 coats total and then I let it dry and painted it.

Metallic green and copper paint accent the beauty of this flower pot. Then I clear coated it inside on the upper part and the entire outside.

I  planted a full pot of Petunias from one of my favorite places Joseph’s Nursery in Manvel, Texas. I have been shopping there since 1983 when they opened this place and they are super friendly and are always willing to tell you most anything about a plant.

This large pot of petunias was $19.00 what a deal.

These beautiful flowers will be accented with new decor on the lattice fence in the backyard.

More pics coming soon of the redecorated fence.

FlowerPot

 

Concrete Orb DIY

Giant concrete orbs amaze me so I wanted to make one for our fern flower bed that has two large oak trees at each end.

I wanted this orb to appear to be natural in this fern bed & I am pleased with how it turned out.

Metallic paints are my all time favorite I used copper, gold, silver, platinum, green and blue for this project. By using a chip paint brush I would add some then blend add some more until I got it the way I wanted it.

Supply List:

Exercise Ball

No stick cooking spray

Plastic bucket or box to set the ball on to keep it still.

Cement no rocks added.

 Metallic Paints

Clear spray paint for protection.

I would say this project cost about $20 – $25.00 to make.

Air the ball up tight and place on a bucket with the plug side down. Spray non-stick spray on the ball.

The concrete needs something to bond to and the mesh tape did not work for me I tried two different kinds.

I ended up using cheesecloth cut into squares which I dipped in concrete and applied to the ball. Gauze fabric should work the same way.

Once it was mostly dry I started adding more layers of concrete. Then I added another layer of cheesecloth then more concrete. You want it thick enough to withstand the elements of the outdoors.

Once it’s dry deflate the ball and pull it out & you will have the ball for the next project.

I waited a day or so for it to cure and started painting it using my metallic paints. The final step was spraying it with clear for protection.

Now the plug area is what will become the bottom of your orb you can trim the area with utility scissors to make it bigger.

This was my first one and there was a lot of trial and error.

I was going for a natural look so I was not worried about the orb being smoothe.

Wait until you see what I did next.

Concrete Orb1.png

Concrete Orb 2

 

DIY Yard Decor

I love crafting and lately I have been making these really cute flowers.

I have several different colors spread around the yard and they honestly look real.

All you need are rubber balls the old fashion kind, golf tees, zinc or steel rod and spray paint. I found the rubber balls at Walmart, I ordered the golf tees from Amazon and the spray paint and rod came from Lowes.

I painted the rubber balls first because mine looked like baseballs. Add the golf tees in a color of choice or spray paint the whole thing.

I tried leaving the ball a different color but they did not look as good. After many tries, I discovered painting them all the same color worked best. I painted the rods green to make them look real.

These are in our bog for the pond. Scatter them out and use different heights to make them look natural.

I love being creative and trying new things I find crafts are good for me & they keep me busy.

FlowerDecorFlowerDecor2

DIY Dog Toy Box

Between Daisy and Zoee we had too many toys for the toy basket. I needed to figure out something that would help.

I happen to have a cabinet drawer in the shed I painted it with chalk paint.

My husband added the legs which were cut off some we had bought that were too long for another project.

I designed the writing in Paint Shop Pro and printed it out the size I needed. I transferred it using graphite paper and tracing it. I found a free dog print online and did the same thing to it. I painted the writing and outlined it in a sharpie. I painted the dog prints but sprinkled a Prisma glitter into the wet paint.

This would also work for children to have something in a den to put toys in.

They seem to like it but they have not grasped the fact they should put back the toys they drag out.

Doggie Toy Box

 

DIY Vases

This project is super easy the drying time is what takes the longest.

Blow up a balloon put it in a bucket or something to hold it still.

Cut newspaper into squares dip those into Elmer’s Glue and water or Modge Podge.

Cover the entire balloon except at the area at the top where the tye is. Apply with two good coats of the paper making sure all the edges are down good. Let dry overnight. Rotate the balloon to get all sides.

Mix up plaster of Paris sort of thick and paint all over the balloon. Let dry and reapply let that dry overnight.

The next day pop the balloon and decide how big you want the opening and just cut it with some old scissors.

Mix up some plaster of Paris and add to the inside of the vase to make it waterproof. This will take a while to dry but in the meantime, you can paint the outside.

I used metallic acrylics because they come in so many great colors. Apply like you want them trying not to cover one area too much with one color unless your only doing one color.

The stuff in my vases was weeds and things I picked in the pasture and dried out. I sprayed with clear spray to help with the shedding.

This is a great project to do with kids and very inexpensive.

Supplies Needed:

Newspaper

Plaster of Paris

Modge Podge or Elmers Glue

Balloon

Paint

vases2

 

 

 

WordPress.com.

Up ↑