DIY Project: Make Your Own Garden-Leaf Stone

Mother nature is a clever girl. Just take a little stroll outside in a garden, park, or right in your own backyard and you’ll see why. With a multitude of colors, textures, sights and smells ranging from dynamic to dainty, there’s always that temptation to take and possess it for our own personal pleasure. Well, today’s DIY project allows us to leave “Mom” alone, yet set a little of her beauty in stone by taking an impression of one (or several) of her glorious leaves. How clever!

DIY Garden Leaf Stone idea: Charlotte Bladh via hemmariket.se, Photo: Ann Evenius

Materials:

  • Garden leaf or leaves (NOTE: you can take fallen leaves or prune from a favorite tree or bush…or you can gently bend a leaf or branch of leaves for temporary use)
  • 12″ Cardboard cylinder
  • 25 lb. bag of concrete mix
  • hand saw
  • cooking oil
  • plastic sheeting (or plastic wrap)

Instructions:

  1. Mix cement with water and stir until it resembles oatmeal, about 10 mins.
  2. Use hand saw to cut cardboard cylinder to desired depth, approx 5-6  inches.
  3. Place garden leaf or leaves on plastic sheeting (or wrap) and brush with cooking oil for easier release from dried concrete.
  4. Push cardboard ring against leaf and plastic sheeting, then fill with concrete. Gently stir to eliminate bubbles.
  5. Place heavy weight onto ring for approx 24 hours. Lift gently and sand edges if desired.

Enjoy!

Thank you to sunsetgurldesign.typepad.com.

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor nerd, design enthusiast and the Editor-in-Chief/Writer for HomeJelly and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dwellingz, a real estate home story-telling website. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kids book author, voted "Class Clown", and rescue dogs crusader. If you're in the market for a new home, or just want to learn the "inside scoop" on South Bay real estate, click onto her photo and read her home tours and stories at www.dwellingz.com.

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