This sand-cast birdbath is easy to make, works with any large leaf and it can be finished a number of ways. For a large birdbath, like the one in the photo above, plants like rhubarb, gunnera or ‘Sum and Substance’ hosta work best. This one’s rhubarb.
You’re not limited to big leaves. This process will work with just about any type. I’ve used sycamore, oak, datura, and lantana. I use the sycamore as a ground feeder and scatter the rest of the concrete leaves through my garden as ornaments.
When it comes to concrete, even though its the most expensive, I like Vinyl Patch by Quickcrete®. When it’s dry, its fine consistency preserves the details of the leaf clearly. Less expensive concretes are just as strong but they look coarser. You can do this project on the ground, but I’d recommend using some kind of table — it’s easier on your knees and back. I use a table made of a sheet of plywood and two sawhorses.
Who’d have guessed that for less than $25 and a few hours of work, you could have such a unique garden ornament? Are you ready to make your own? Let’s get started.
What you'll need
- Large leaf
- 1 bag of sand
- 2 bags of concrete
- Plastic wrap
- Paint or concrete dye (optional)
- Concrete sealer
- Bucket or mixing Tray for concrete
- Hoe for mixing
- Scrub brush
- Foam brush
- 2 containers for paint and sealer