This project is so easy that I ended up making a few to put in my garden! I thought they would make excellent bird baths too! I ran into this great tutorial.
I was shopping in Hobby Lobby when I stumbled upon a 50% off sale in their floral department. I saw a huge plastic leaf that I thought would be perfect for doing this DIY project, making it easier to peel off when the concrete was dry.
I ended up grabbing a wide leaf and a long and narrow leaf that I thought would be perfect for my DIY project idea.
Then I headed to the my local hardware store in search of a special type of concrete. I ended up getting a bag of Cement All Rapid Set. I wanted a very smooth finish for this project. I wanted something that would pick up the details of the leaf without rocks getting in the way. Regular cement has the rocks that I didn’t want.
It has the smoothness and speed of setting like Plaster of Paris does but the strength of cement, only stronger. This means I can do small thin projects and they will hold up under pressure.
These make fabulous gifts for friends and are great for holding jewelry, keys, change and other small items you want to keep together.
Watch how this guy with Art For You makes these cool leaf bowls in his step by step tutorial.