So I've been on a concrete kick lately...there's no hiding this fact! Thanks to my lovely readers, I now know the difference between concrete and cement. Cement is the powdery substance that turns into concrete when mixed with water and it hardens. Wahoo!!
Concrete is a fantastic material, and I always feel like a craftsman when I'm working with it...
This DIY shows how to make a lovely concrete bowl (and a heavy one!!). To make your own, gather these supplies:
- Flexible rubbery bucket (Walmart - $5)
- Plastic bowl (for shaping inside of bowl) (Walmart - $2)
- Canola oil and paper towel
- Gloves (I used rubbery garden gloves, which cleaned off very easily)
- Container for mixing (I used an old wheel barrow)
- Stir stick
- 60 lb bag cement mix (Lowes - $3)
Then follow these 8 steps:
1. Prepare a gallon of water - you'll use it in a bit.
2. Canola oil time! Using the paper towel, coat inside of rubbery bucket with canola oil. Coat inside and outside of plastic bowl with canola oil. This step ensures easy removal from the molds at the end!!
3. Put on your gloves.
4. Dump bag of cement powder into wheel barrow.
5. Following the directions on your bag of cement, slowly add water. (Be careful that you don't dump too much water)
6. Begin mixing. Add more water as needed.
7. Once you have a workable consistency, scoop mixture into your flexible bucket until you have several inches of concrete.
8. Then place the plastic bowl in the center of the bucket and fill with more of the mixture. Work the plastic bowl into the concrete already in the bucket. The weight of the concrete in the bowl will help create the indentation.
All that's left is allowing your bowl to dry completely! Make sure it's drying on a level surface!
Enjoy your new concrete bowl. It will make a gorgeous centerpiece for inside or outside!
P.S. I'm off to NM this week!!! So excited ... I've never been there before! Anything I should pack?!