DIY

Concrete Flowers

img_5307These beautiful concrete flowers will make any garden or indoor space more interesting. A little bit of preparation will cut down on the mess and make the project flow smoothly. Halfway through the project, I looked at my flowers and considered not finishing them. It seemed like a lot of work for something that wasn’t turning out like I’d envisioned. I also was working on seven large flowers which, in hindsight, may have been why it took so long. I have an amazing husband who ran and picked up a different brand of concrete mix when the first one didn’t work. After restarting, things flowed more smoothly. Once the finished flowers began to dry I fell in love with them and I’m so glad that I didn’t give up on the project.

Supplies

  • 4-6 Disposable plastic containers – I used clean margarine and sour cream containers. The more flowers you make, the more containers you’ll need as you have about a 10 minute window.
  • Faux flowers
  • Quick set concrete – we used Sakrete Fast Concrete Repair
  • Water
  • 16 gauge wire
  • Old paint brushes
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue gun
  • Plastic drop sheet
  • Plastic knife or wooden stick
  • Wire cutters
  • Disposable glovesimg_5316

Instructions:

  1. Preparation is important to make the project flow smoothly and make clean up easier.
  2. Cover your workspace with aluminum foil.
  3. You’ll need somewhere to hang your flowers while drying. I used my shower curtain rod. Lay a plastic drop sheet or aluminum foil down underneath the area you’ll be hanging your flowers.
  4. Cut a length of the 16 gauge wire.
  5. Remove the stem that came with the flower and replace it with the 16 gauge wire and hot glue it in place. 
  6. Use your glue gun between the petals to hold the flower together if it’s separating.IMG_6539
  7. Mix your concrete. Since you have about a 10 minute window with each batch of concrete, mix about 1 cup at a time. Add water a little bit at a time. You want it to be the consistency of melted ice cream so it can be applied with the paint brush.
  8. Use the paint brush to begin covering the center of the flower. Do not worry about the actual petals at this point. You’re going to paint the front and back of the petals right next to the center stem. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you’re just creating a base coat so that the next coat and concrete on the petals have something to stick to.
  9. Holding the flower by the stem, turn it upside down and paint around the stem and calyx, if the flower has one. Again, don’t worry about petals right now.
  10. Bend the wire stem into a hook and hang it up to dry for about 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to be completely dry, just rigid enough to continue painting.
  11. Wash your brush out while you wait for the flowers to dry.
  12. Mix another batch of concrete. Being gentle with your previous work, begin painting the outer edge of the petals on both sides so that the flower is completely painted.
  13. Flip the flower upside down and coat the underside again.
  14. Hang it to dry.
  15. This completes the base coat. Mix a new batch of concrete and give the flower a total coating. Hang it up to dry overnight. You can continue adding more coats, if you want a thicker flower.

~C. Dolly~

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