Everything from statues, bird baths, and fountains are gorgeous to put into your garden but are extremely expensive to buy on your own. Lawn and garden ornaments can range from thirty dollars to four hundred dollars depending on what you want. This is money that you may not have. An easy way to get what you want in your garden while not spending all your money is to make your own. This can be fun and save you a lot of money.
Before you get started:
Before you get started to make your new decorations you will need to purchase or gather the following items: concrete, garden hose, sand, shovel, some sort of wheel barrow or cart, scrap wood, and misting spray bottles.
The first thing that you need to do is make a wooden box that is large enough to hold your ornament.
Fill the box with mason sand.
Wet the mason sand so that you can work with it.
The next thing you need to do is choose a mold. Do not choose a mold that is really detailed.
You now need to press the model firmly into the sand.
Gently remove the model so it will leave an impression into the sand.
Gently you need to tough up any rough spots with your fingers but make sure not to press too hard.
Make sure that you periodically spray the sand with the spray bottle so that the sand would not crumble.
Mix up some concrete but make sure that you make the right balance of runny and stiff. The runniness allows you to pour the mixture into the mold and the stiffness allows it to be firm on the bottom. This allows you to be able to make your mold easily.
Fill your mold up with concrete. Make sure that you smooth the surface of your mold. This allows you to create the shape that you desire.
Next you need to set it out and wait for the concrete to dry. I would wait three to five hours before you check on it again just to make sure it is dry. It may need more depending on the environment you set it up to dry in.
The last thing that you need to do is remove it from the mold and brush off any remaining sand from it. Now you have your own garden ornament to show off to your friends and family.