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Look What I Made for My Yard from Concrete-Garden Statues

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Concrete for my Garden

Look what I make out of concrete-garden statues for my backyard. I have been experimenting with ready-mix concrete and decided to make some decorations for my yard this summer. I wanted concrete but didn't want to spend the money. My house has been a work in progress for the last couple of years. We lost our home in hurricane Katrina and now have a home which was previously owned by an elderly couple. The home was not damaged in the storm so it seemed like the perfect choice to begin our new life. As you can imagine the house had not been decorated since the early 70's and we have worked on it since moving it to make it fit our style.

This summer is the time to make concrete decor. We now have very little left to do inside the house, so we have started working on the outside. The storm had damaged the wood fence that surrounded the backyard and when we moved in we repaired it the best we could. There was a hurricane last summer and the old fence was damaged beyond any more make-shift repairs. So board by board we worked to replace the worn fence. It has really improved the appearance of the yard. It inspired us to plant many flowers, trees and a clover and wildflower lawn. It looks great!

Now I finally have time to make some decorative planters and masks. The first thing I did was pour walkway form in an English tile pattern from the back door of the house to the backyard. After it was complete and set, I used some exterior paint in terra cotta to give is color. Then I used some black craft paint diluted with water in a spray bottle to age the look. Afterwards, I painted clear UV sealer paint to give the concrete walkway a gloss and keep it from fading in the sun. I don't know if UV sealer is used in other parts of the country, but it is a popular choice in the deep south,

Next I am going to show you what else I made out of concrete. You will see how easy it is to do. If you can mix cake mix you can mix ready mix concrete. I purchased several different types of molds, faces, sculptures, and a large concrete ball that I plan to cover in mosaic glass that I cut from my stained glass scrap. Molds are very inexpensive and ready-mix concrete only cost a couple of dollars for a 50 pound sack.

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Once the concrete is mixed into a smooth consistency, it is time to pour it into the mold. I purchased a large sphere mold, which I set on top of an old cap from mayonnaise to hold it in place. After spraying the mold with PAM, I scooped the concrete mix with a shovel and carefully poured it into the mold. As I did this I used my battery operated sander without the paper on it to vibrate out any bubble which had formed in the mixture. I placed the sander on the side of the mold and watched until the bubble rose to the surface, Another method to release the bubbles if to gently lift the mold an tap it on the ground.

Fill the mold to the top mark and allow it to cure, making sure that it remains level. This will prevent lopsided surfaces. Once the mold has set, carefully release the mold and voila you have your concrete sculpture or patio stones. READ the direction on the bag of concrete for the exact time needed before removing the form. There are several different types of ready-mix concrete some set faster than others.

Once the first half of the mold was complete, I poured the 2nd side. The two halves of the sphere are then glued to on another with either mastic or mortar cement. There are some Youtube videos posted below to show you the step by step process I watched them before I attempted my concrete project they were very helpful and help clear-up the questions I had about concrete molds.

NOTE: After pulling these from their molds, I rubbed premixed mastic to fill air bubble holes for a smooth finish. Spray painted metallic bronze and used green and metallic copper acrylic craft paint on the tips of my fingers to highlight raised area for an aged effect. My final coat was concrete sealer, on the dog I used clear spray paint over the top of the acrylic paint. He has been out there for 7 months with no effects from the weather.

The sphere mold after the concrete is smoothed out and level.

The sphere mold after the concrete is smoothed out and level.
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The sphere mold after the concrete is smoothed out and level.

2 Halves of a sphere glued together with Mastic, you can also use Mortar.

2 Halves of a sphere glued together with Mastic, you can also use Mortar.
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2 Halves of a sphere glued together with Mastic, you can also use Mortar.

Learn the step by step process

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This is my favorite concrete mold it is the same one I used to make my walkway. It can be used to create patios, courtyards, and terraces and it is easy to use. It requires an 80 pound bag of ready-mix concrete. You simply mix the concrete with water than. fill mold, smooth or texture the surface, and remove mold. It only takes about 5 minutes to create a 2' x 2' section. The form is immediately remove and another section can be poured from the same form.

My walkway sprayed painted terra cotta, spritzed with black paint and sealed with clear concrete sealer

My walkway sprayed painted terra cotta, spritzed with black paint and sealed with clear concrete sealer
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My walkway sprayed painted terra cotta, spritzed with black paint and sealed with clear concrete sealer

I purchased 3 molds from e-bay for the price of 1 statue at this flea market.

I purchased 3 molds from e-bay  for the price of 1 statue at this flea market.
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I purchased 3 molds from e-bay for the price of 1 statue at this flea market.

If you like a Coastal Theme try making a Pelican

If you like a Coastal Theme try making a Pelican
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If you like a Coastal Theme try making a Pelican

My Tiki face brushed with cedar color UV sealer.

My Tiki face brushed with cedar color UV sealer.
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My Tiki face brushed with cedar color UV sealer.

A planter elegant and easy to make with less than 1 bag of concrete. Not bad at $2.58.

A planter elegant and easy to make with less than 1 bag of concrete.  Not bad at $2.58.
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A planter elegant and easy to make with less than 1 bag of concrete. Not bad at $2.58.

I painted this dog with craft paint and used concrete sealer. He looks like my dog, sometimes I think it Scooter

I painted this dog with craft paint and used concrete sealer.  He looks like my dog, sometimes I think it Scooter
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I painted this dog with craft paint and used concrete sealer. He looks like my dog, sometimes I think it Scooter

Buddha face painted black-dry brushed green ready to be hung. I put a wire loop, in back before it set.

Buddha face painted black-dry brushed green ready to be hung. I put a wire loop, in back before it set.
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Buddha face painted black-dry brushed green ready to be hung. I put a wire loop, in back before it set.

Tiki Border-I'm going to use it as edging

Tiki Border-I'm going to use it as edging around one of my gardens
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Tiki Border-I'm going to use it as edging around one of my gardens

Another one of my molded creations a Buddha face

Another one of my molded creations a Budda face
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Another one of my molded creations a Budda face

Heart Shaped Patio blocks for around the trees to hold mulch in place (Super Easy)

Heart Shaped Patio blocks for around the trees to hold mulch in place (Super Easy)
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Heart Shaped Patio blocks for around the trees to hold mulch in place (Super Easy)

Here's a tricky one MY NEW GARGOYLE-Not for beginners!

Here's a tricky one MY NEW GARGOYLE-Not for beginners!
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Here's a tricky one MY NEW GARGOYLE-Not for beginners!

 Last updated on May 21, 2014

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Your Opinion is Important - Please leave comment about this lens. 139 comments

catmama 16 months ago

Can't wait to try pouring a mold for my garden. I can't believe it cost so little to make one.


bakerwoman 16 months ago

I have always wanted to do this and so glad you shared this nifty idea.


ohcaroline 16 months ago

Great inspiration to add things to the garden and yard.


Susan52 16 months ago

Wow, what great projects for the yard! Thanks for the inspiration and assurance that I could actually pull off a concrete project myself.


tonyb56586 16 months ago

Wow! great projects for the yard. I saw a couple of molds on eBay that I might like to get. I am sorry you lost your home to Katrina. I guess we will still be affected by that storm years from now. Blessed by TonyB

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ismeedee 16 months ago

Great idea; looks fun!


LiteraryMind 16 months ago

I can't wait to try this for my garden. The ready mades add up to a pretty big expense after a while.


elynmac 16 months ago

You have great instructions, and it really does look easy... now to go mold hunting. Thanks!


anonymous 16 months ago

wow, this is a lot of work but a good job, I wish some for my garden


RiaB 16 months ago

Your statuary is very nice! If I had a yard I would try this. Neat lens and congrats on your new home!


vallain 16 months ago

Not sure I'll tackle a statue, but I do need some steppingstones.


vallain 16 months ago

Not sure I'll tackle a statue, but I do need some steppingstones.


vallain 16 months ago

Not sure I'll tackle a statue, but I do need some steppingstones.


KitandCaboodle 16 months ago

Great lens. I'm inspired by this and will definitely be trying it in the future.


hmommers 16 months ago

Great to read. It looks a lot like working with molding clay. :-)


lbrummer 16 months ago

Cool! Looks like something I would enjoy trying. Great article.


Upon-Request 16 months ago

Looks like you've found your niche for garden statues. Love the Buddhas and the dog


sukkran 16 months ago

love your garden statues, especially the pelican is amazing.


buildhealthymuscle 16 months ago

Thanks for sharing this lens. I didn't know a lot of this.


EchoTarpeian 16 months ago

It seems you have made the most of your losses out of the Katrina disaster and found a new passion for garden statues! I love you lens and admire your resilience:) Warmest wishes...


VspaBotanicals 16 months ago

Aced the quiz, and love this lens. Thank you for the ideas.


aesta1 16 months ago

What great ornaments for the garden.


AnthonyAltorenna 16 months ago

I really like your concrete statues! I've made concrete stepping stones, but never thought about trying to make a statue from a mold... I'm inspired!


Poetryman 16 months ago

now there is a cool hobby


vinodkpillai 16 months ago

I have never tried my hand although I have watched concrete being used in house construction. Very informative and interesting. Thanks!


Ash2013 16 months ago

Wow this is brilliant! You pay a fortune for these sort of statues at garden centres here in the UK! Thanks for sharing.


Socialpro54 16 months ago

nice lens, love the Buddas...


dakadare 16 months ago

Looks fun!


anonymous 16 months ago

Very nice lens, thank you for sharing.


flinnie 16 months ago

I have this mold that I purchase just haven't use it yet. Look like fun to.


SquidooPower 16 months ago

I never heard of this before. Great idea!


rking96 16 months ago

I really liked the concrete sphere. And I would have guessed that some of those items were made professionally. Nice job! I may have to give this a try this summer.


OhMe 16 months ago

I sure enjoyed seeing your wonderful garden statues. You really did a super job and it is great that you share your expertise on this page. Thank you.


Sylvestermouse 16 months ago

Oh, now, this will be fun! i have never made my own concrete statues before! Awesome!


anonymous 16 months ago

You are a concrete artist and you make it look easy...your great tips and the joy you experience in creating objects is enough to draw us all into this fun and functional art form at far less of a price tag than buying these items pre-made....your $2.59 price tag sold me on the idea! Congratulations on your purple star and Imminent feature! :)


tfsherman 16 months ago

You sure do make it look easy and it has been a little harder for me. Thanks for the garden hoe tip; I'll try that. I've got a bag of concrete waiting for me in the garage right now to finish up a project. I've been raiding marble scraps from the local dumpsters and making stepping stones with them. Pretty, but I've had cracking. Thanks for the inspiration!


LisaAuch 16 months ago

Oh I can see me doing this! WOW!


PatinKC 15 months ago

This looks like fun!


Deborah-Diane 15 months ago

These are so cool! I never thought about using Reddi-Mix concrete to do something like this. Fabulous idea!


Jogalog 15 months ago

I like the buddas. I probably wouldn't do this myself but I'm sure it's a fun thing to do.


d-artist 15 months ago

What a cool lens and great information making these concrete replicas.


KonaGirl 15 months ago

You have done a great job with your concrete creations. Well done with a well done lens.


Michey 15 months ago

The garden look great, love all the compositions...


ItayasDesigns 15 months ago

I so want to make my own concrete statues for my gardens and you have definitely inspired me to give it a shot. Very lovely statues! I love your Buddha faces. :)


Ddharma 15 months ago

thanks for the ideas. bit.ly/11zUrVT


SheWins 15 months ago

It looks like a wonderful DIY project. Love it.


gregxavier 15 months ago

wow great!


sandyspider 15 months ago

Some amazing work here.


DANCINGCOWGIRLDESIGN 15 months ago

WOW. You did a really neat job with the concrete!


anonymous 15 months ago

Amazing work. And it looks like fun.


sue826 15 months ago

Looks like a lot of work but they are amazing.


cdevries 15 months ago

What a great idea! How difficult would it be to create the mold too?


happynutritionist 15 months ago

Amazing work! And I peeked at your profile...congratulations on your retirement...a teacher will have many things to teach us...including how to make things out of concrete:-)


anonymous 15 months ago

Love the gargoyle garden statue, nicely done.


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Melissa Miotke 15 months ago from Arizona Level 1 Commenter

Wow these are so cool. We've spent quite a bit of money on garden ornaments. I'd love to be able to make my own!


KitchenMagik 15 months ago

Really enjoyed your lens and love your Bhudda head.


Deborah-Diane 15 months ago

I love these concrete garden sculptures. There is an island that I like to walk around here in Southern California, and many of the homes have garden sculptures in their yards. I love looking at them.


kayren 15 months ago

Such fun. Really imaginative use of a very basic material.


hkhollands 15 months ago

Hello from the U.P. Thank you for liking my first lens, and I'm happy that it led me here. I am so excited to try this; you make it sound easy and fun. For starters, I would like to make leaf-shaped birdbaths and give them as gifts to friends. WIsh me luck!


ajgodinho 15 months ago

Really amazing work and very informational lens for anyone who want to do the same. Nothing like having stuff that was made by yourself or you added your own personal touch to.


bercton 15 months ago

brilliant art work using concrete.


bercton 15 months ago

brilliant art work using concrete.


KimGiancaterino 15 months ago

We'll be doing some concrete projects in our yard soon, so I really appreciate your expert tips. I would love to make some large planters to trim an archway.


Treasures-By-Brenda 15 months ago

We have a couple of small concrete pieces but we didn't make them.


RedKate 15 months ago

Great lens and project. I have to take some time and do it for myself.


lionmom100 15 months ago

Wonderful lens.


TanoCalvenoa 14 months ago

What a great idea, hopefully I'll be able to try it someday.


randomthings 14 months ago

Excellent! LOVE statues in the yard.


marktplaatsshop 14 months ago

I love your gargoyle, thanks for sharing this very nice lens


jpmny999 14 months ago

Great lens!


1111unlimited 14 months ago

Nice lens! Thanks for sharing this interesting topic. I've got to try some of these ideas in our garden.


ArtbyMAR 14 months ago

Wow! Gave me lots of ideas for my yard. Amazed I can cheaply make my own vs. buying statues.


Tolovaj 14 months ago

who would say concrete can be so great media for artists? Well done!


SecondHandJoe 14 months ago

This lens has just pushed me over the edge... No more putting it off! I'm buying the walkmaker you reviewed and finishing the side garden. Nice job!


anonymous 14 months ago

This is one of the reasons why I like this website...I find ideas that I never would have thought of. I am so going to try this. These are really beautiful.


poetvix 14 months ago

There is a concrete statuary place not far from me. Some of their stuff goes for hundreds of dollars. Yours looks like it would fit right in! Most impressive!!!


Helenee 14 months ago

Your garden must look great!


susan-zutautas 14 months ago

My favorite one is the statue of Scooter. I'd love to try making something for my garden. Great lens!


bloomingrose 14 months ago

I am so, so impressed! Pinned to my boards "Crafts I love" and "How does your garden grow."


The_Idea_Gal 14 months ago

These are amazing. What a great talent you have and it's nice that you can save so much money on these garden items. Really fun lens!


mamabyrd 14 months ago

Love it!! I'm actually planning to purchase a concrete mold in the next couple of months. My backyard is in terrible shape. I'm not exactly sure what we are going to do with it but I'm going to start with a concrete path. Fabulous page!


tordon 14 months ago

Awesome! I never thought about making my own statuary, that is a great idea. I always love window shopping at local garden shops but it's hard to take the plunge with some of the prices, so this is a wonderful alternative. Thanks for sharing these amazing tips!


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dperry1 14 months ago

Wonderful and informative lens! I am going to try this it looks like a lot of fun! Thank you so much for sharing.


Lovelifelaughter 14 months ago

This is fascinating.


LeroySmith1 13 months ago

Wow. These are amazing. I can't believe that you can make these in your backyard! They look so professional and just like what you'd see at a high-end garden shop for big $$$.


rubiduong 13 months ago

My favorite one is the statue of Scooter. I'd love to try making something for my garden.


blue22d 13 months ago

Love your lens. I didn't do badly on the test - love statues and gargoyles.


anonymous 13 months ago

Great piece of work and I am actually planning to purchase a.......


gamingprotips 13 months ago

My Grandfather likes to carve things like this out of granite. Your way seems much simpler!


mina009 12 months ago

Great looking creations.


Pippi2011 12 months ago

I love your concrete garden statues and decor. And it looks so easy to make them, I have to try.


stajo82 12 months ago

These statues are very unique and I really love them.


ghoststorylover 12 months ago

We used to have adorable concrete hippo stepping stones. You're quiz was fun! :) Loved the dog.


tahirmahmood 12 months ago

Congratulations Great looking


artyfax 12 months ago

Never though of creating my own statues/garden decor items, I will be looking for moulds now to try it out


FrancesWrites 12 months ago

Like Artyfax, I had never thought of creating my own garden decor items. I really like the results you got from that walkway mould.


NoProblem 12 months ago

Who would say concrete and art can do so well together? Thanks for the inspiration!


1angelsbestkeptsecrets 11 months ago

I like garden art. My favorite of your photos is your planter. It turned out really nice. Looks like a fun hobby.


adventuretravelshop 11 months ago

I love your Buddah and Tiki face. Great stuff - things like this cost a fortune to buy ready made. I'm trying to make a beautiful back yard with zero budget, or very little money - it's amazing how creative you can be when you can't just go out and buy something. Thanks for this lens you have inspired me.


veryirie 11 months ago

The tiki face is perfect.....love it especially!


RenaissanceWoman2010 11 months ago

You have provided me with some fantastic ideas and examples. I would love to try this. You have made some really exceptional garden pieces. Love them! Now you can be the seller. :-)


MirandaGrimm 10 months ago

This is so cool! I could see my imagination going wild with this one as it seems the possibilities could be endless! I would imagine making things like your own landscaping bricks would be a huge money saver!!


bloomingrose 10 months ago

I have returned to this cool lens - I think I could really use your techniques to beautify my yard.


linhah 10 months ago

Wow, I love that concrete ball.


jmchaconne 9 months ago

What a great lens. You have given me some great ideas. I am in the process of creating a water feature, and you are correct, it is a lot easier than one might think. I wrote a lens about my project called hydrogen-isnt-just-a-bomb, which I will update when I get to the landscaping. It's a very similar process. Thank you for dropping in on my lenses.


nonya222 8 months ago

I have to send this lens to my friend who will LOVE IT! She is my garden freak and your ideas will have her going crazy.


MohanBabuOhMan 8 months ago

This is very nice stuff. I should try my hand at these things soon.


caossquidoo 8 months ago

that's a hands-n work! Congrats on the results They look amazing. You are an artist :)


Merrci 8 months ago

Wow, impressive work! It never would have occurred to me to try to make them myself. Great idea though. Nice!


IanTease 7 months ago

Really interesting lens. Particularly like the idea of a paper less sander to vibrate the air out, would never have thought of that.


NiagaraGhostWalks 6 months ago

What an inspirational lens. I tried pouring pathway steps once but was impatient and messed it up. This makes me want to try try again!


angelatvs 6 months ago

Congrats on LOTD, this lens has been a favorite of mine for awhile!


PaynesGrey 6 months ago

Fantastic work, you have made some lovely items. Great Lens


RenaissanceWoman2010 6 months ago

Stopping back by to celebrate with you. Congrats on LotD!


tonyleather 6 months ago

Sorry to be a negative voice here, but I think such hideous things genuinely detract from the beauty of a garden, and I would certainly never want them in mine!


grammieo 6 months ago

Great Lens and great ideas! I think I will be pouring some cement sooner than later........thanks for your inspiration and instructions.


manuela2915 6 months ago

Wow that amazing work, congrats!


StephenJParkin 6 months ago

I loved the ideas presented here, I had actually never thought about concrete garden ornaments as decor. I wonder if they would take the heavy frosts of Canadian winters? I really liked the dog ornament. Great lens and well worth the LOTD.


LSJ-88 6 months ago

You are really talented!


CarolHoule 6 months ago

Wish I could make a concrete bird bath. My expensive new "resin" bath started cracking and crumbling after just 4 months. My previous bath was cast iron and metal and lasted 10+ years. My mom's cement bath lasted 30+ years.


Artinspired 6 months ago

Congratulations on your lens of the day!

Wow what an inspiration! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and projects.

Make it a creative day!


trevorjb1406 6 months ago

Very good lens with some fun ideas. Many thanks for making it.


daria369 6 months ago

Impressive work, thank you for sharing, and congrats on LOTD!! :)


mountainmist 6 months ago

OMG-Fabulous lens! I would never have though it would be that "easy" to make my own molds! I need walkway pieces and am going to make them my self. It's going to change my yard completely. Thank you thank you!


AlyshaHaeems 6 months ago

Very cool and interesting!


d-artist 6 months ago

Back again to Congratulate you on the LOTD! Well done :-)


anonymous 6 months ago

Very cool outdoor decorating ideas. Congratulations on getting LotD!


artyfax 6 months ago

Something I have never thought about for my garden but it looks amazing - I gotta take a closer look at this technique


TomMaybrier 6 months ago

These look fantastic and I can't believe how cheap they are! Great lens!


DebMartin 6 months ago

Congratulations on your LotD. You are very talented.


Steve_Kaye 6 months ago

I enjoyed reading the clear directions. Your yard must have an amazing collection of beautiful art works.


ShirlW 6 months ago

Big Congrats on LotD! You have so many cool ideas featured here!


Anonymous831 6 months ago

Very creative ideas. Great lens.


Arachnea 6 months ago

I do pottery, so this would be an easy offshoot of that interest. Your tiki god statue reminds me of the easter island statues.


RinchenChodron 6 months ago

You did a nice job. The dog does look great! I have a friend who has done some concrete molds and painting. Great way to save some money! Congrats on your LOTD.


visit2goa 6 months ago

very nice, but you should write about creating their moldings casting is easy thing hope you ll write one.. looking straight to you..


skiesgreen 5 months ago

Very enterprising of you to make all of those things. Glad to see that you have recovered from Katrina. We watched its devastating progress with horror here in Australia. Well done.


leahjsongs 3 months ago

Cool ideas!


kittyhappykitty 3 months ago

I cannot wait until I have the space to work on my concrete molds! I am very much looking forward to getting dirty and making some incredible long-lasting art! Thank you so much for teaching me new tricks! You make me happy!

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