How to Paint Cement Leaves

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Painted cement leaves add dynamic dimensions and a pop of color to any garden or patio decor. Painted cement leaves can be used in many ways, such as placing them around the garden and patio area for decoration or using them as birdbaths or bird feeders. Homemade, painted-cement leaves gives the garden a custom flair and saves money.

Things You'll Need

  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Water
  • Paint stick
  • Rags
  • Concrete sealer

Make a paint wash for the concrete leaves. Use three drops of an acrylic paint to 2 cups of water. Mix with a paint stick until the water and paint are well blended.

Paint the concrete leaf. Use a medium-sized artist brush to cover the leaf with the paint mixture. Paint the front and back of the leaf.

Wipe excess paint wash from the leaf. With a clean, cotton cloth or rag, wipe over the leaf once to remove excess paint wash. Wwork quickly as the paint wash dries quickly.

Add a second and third coat of paint wash to the leaf. Continue the paint wash process until the leaf reaches the desired color. Allow the leaf to dry for 3 to 4 hours.

Add 1 to 2 coats of concrete sealer and allow the leaf to dry in a cool, protected area for another 3 to 4 hours before placing it in the garden.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use bright-colored, metallic paint to add a pop of color to your garden.
  • Instead of concrete sealer, use a water-based varnish to seal the paint.

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