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Saturday, October 26, 2013

DIY Concrete Pumpkin and Yard Art.Potting Table/Sink.Pouring Cement

You know ... when you pour concrete ... 
you always have some left over.  

So when we poured a small 3' x 10' pad/walk at the back door of our new addition to our workshop ... we did have extra concrete and I was prepared to make some concrete yard art. 
I had ready ... a large glass globe that had been a swag lamp ... it had been in the yard for years and had lost most of its color ... two other small round globes ... an oleo tub ... a plastic peanut butter jar and a plastic pumpkin. 

Here is what I made ...  
A cement ball that is so heavy, we could not pick it up ... had to roll it to where we wanted it. It is bigger than a basketball. 

Hope it will age and grow moss.......... 

Then ... a pumpkin ... the oleo tub using the peanut butter jar to make an indention for a candle or a plant and 3/4 into one of the small glass globes ... then we were out of left-over concrete mix.

Love how they all turned out. 
(These are not fully cured, so still look a little "wet" in spots)

I added some sphagnum moss and perlite to the Quick-Crete mix as Shayna at Woodgrain Cottage did HERE

I think my mix was too thin and did not come out with the aged, cracked look as Shayna got in hers or Bliss at Bliss Ranch.

Next time, I will know ... needs to be more of a dry, clumpy texture.

 Anyway ... I am pleased with how they turned out.

I added a stem that I picked up from the yard; rusty, curled metal wire; faux leaves; grapevine and moss to the pumpkin.

The 3/4 ball can be used in several different ways ...

Fall decor ...

Can put a candle or a plant in the 'oleo tub' pot.

It was coated with oleo so the finish turned out slick looking and I made the top to look rough.

Yes, I sprayed the insides of the molds with PAM.

Stacking these two pieces makes an awesome riser ...

Here are these pieces in my dug-out wooden trough ...
 can be seen HERE.

You know why I needed wanted this pad or walk ???

I needed a place to put my new old, cast-iron double sink table. 

We bought this table ($15.00) from a neighbor who was moving ... 
they called it their 'fish-cleaning' table ... actually, they were professional artists and I think they cleaned their paint brushes here. We repaired/removed rotted wood and painted it gray.

Anyway it has yellow cast-iron double sinks with very little counter space and weighs a ton. I plan to use it as a table for photo shoots and maybe also a potting table. The faucet is non-working and removable when I want to lay a board on it for a table.

The picket fence/gate to the left is made for recycled boards that were in my pile of saved wood. 

The white crank that you see in front of the picket fence/gate is for a six foot retractable awning for those sunny hot days.

LOVE it ...

Thanks for visiting ... 
hope you enjoyed my latest project ... many more to come.

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  1. woow... I really think you have done a great job :)
    and do not miss my little....


    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  2. Hi Audrey, your creations always make me happy. Love what you imagine and then make. Great potting table, it already loves photo shoots. Have a lovely week.

  3. I love the pumpkin and how you've decorated it!!

  4. You sure are clever! How do you come up with all these ideas?!? Love the fence/picket gate. Nancy

  5. I want a cement pumpkin! Of course, you make it look even better with your special touches of wire and wood. The fish table is a great buy and I look forward to seeing all the inventive ways you will use it.

  6. These are the coolest pumpkins ever! Love how they look outside. Wow! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  7. Another fun project, the sink potting table is right up my alley. Love your watering cans. Have a awe sum Fall

  8. LOVE your concrete pumpkin... especially with it's stem and vines. I need one now too!! :)

  9. Love it all Audrey! My concrete was runny too, but I didn't use any of the perlite or moss.

  10. Your concrete creations are wonderful! Looks like you've been having a great time. Love how you dressed up the pumpkin.
    Mary Alice

  11. Love the interesting cement orbs...pumpkins...candle holders.
    You're a clever gal. The walk turned out nice too.
    I would love to have a clean out sink for outdoor projects...

  12. Hi Audrey, I love the pumpkin! I have made a couple orbs in old light fixtures for my garden, but never thought of making a pumpkin. Everything you made is super cool! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  13. Oh, so creative - I've heard of using old glass globes to make concrete spheres - wonderfully done! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  14. love your sidewalk, but, love the garden goodies more, audrey:) have a great day!

  15. I've said it before and I'll say it again, You are so CREATIVE! you just have a way of making Beautiful things from nothing! Love reading your Blog!

  16. You were so lucky to get the fish cleaning table!! I had a potting bench at my last house and used it for decoration more than anything. Need another one.

  17. The concrete creations are fantastic. Love the giant ball. I am very jealous of the new "Pad" you created. At my first house I had a double sink in the garden and fixed the faucet so I could just screw the hose on.

  18. Brilliant! Love how you've styled everything. I don't understand why I'm not seeing your posts anymore. Off to figure it out.

    Thanks for sharing this xoxox

  19. Very creative! Love the left-over cement creations!! I can't wait to give this a try.


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