Concrete and cement are popular media for homemade molds and sculptures. They are one of the easiest types of media to pour: You can make molds for simple cement and concrete items like patio stones, decorative plaques and sculptures using something that is likely already in your own backyard. Just grab a shovel and head over to your sandbox to make concrete and cement molds.
Things You'll Need
- Large wooden box
- Garden hose
- Objects to press into the sand
Fill the box with damp sand. You can wet the sand as you put it into the box or ahead of time. It should be sticky, but not muddy or slippery.
Level off the sand. It should be even with the top of the box. Use the trowel to make the sand perfectly smooth and level.
Press items into the sand. Keep them at least 4 inches apart from one another. Press them straight down into the sand. Make sure that the sand is simply compressing, not flowing over them. If if is, refill the hole and dampen the sand before trying again.
Use your hands to make freestyle molds. You can dig tunnels or make shapes or impressions in the sand to fill with concrete. This is particularly useful when you are making aquarium rocks.
Use the molds within 15 minutes. This will prevent the sand from drying out and losing the finer details of your work. Once the concrete or cement has set, you can rinse the sand off and start enjoying your piece of art.
- Photo Credit Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
How to Build A Garden Statue Or Moai Head
Learn to build a cool DIY garden statue. These are great for art, garden statues, giant chia pets, or even beer coolers...
How to Make Concrete Statuary Molds
When attempting to remodel outdoor areas of the house you may have need of concrete decoratives, such as statues or figurines for...
How to Make Cement Molds
Cement molds create cement stones in unique sizes, shapes and textures. They may be as simple as squares, circles or other geometric...
How to Make Concrete Molds From Plastic Items
What do you have kicking around the house that will make a nice mold? Making concrete molds from plastic items requires you...
Casting Garden Sphere Molds
Casting concrete spheres requires filling up the spherical mold with cement. Learn how to cast garden sphere molds to make garden spheres...