This week we get down, dirty and creative with some cement home decor crafts.
If grass can grow through cement, you can defiantly do this yourself!
Let’s get started!!
Part A: Cement work
Click on the images below and follow steps 1 to 5
Step 1: Mix up a batch of cement according to package instructions. The cement mixture must be a good balance between dry and runny. If it is too dry it’s more difficult to work with but if it is too wet then the mixture will slide off your balloons.
Step 2: Blow up a balloon to the size you desire. Next coat the balloon in a thin layer of the cement mixture. Also get your medical gauze ready by unwrapping it until you have a thin strip.
Step 3: Lay down the medical gauze over the layer of wet cement covering the balloon. After you have laid down the medical gauze then gently cover it with another thin layer of cement. Continue doing that until you have covered the balloon base, only leaving an opening at the top. You can make the opening as big or as small as you want.
Step 4: Dip a piece of medical gauze in the cement mixture, coating it completely. Then lay it down on a piece of cardboard forming a circle. Now you have a base on which you can rest you cement covered balloon.
Step 5: Repeat these steps to make a few more cement balloon friends. After you have made all your cement balloons leave them overnight to dry and harden completely.
Part B: Next day after drying
Click on the images below and follow steps 6 to 11
Step 6: The next day! All the cement balloons have dried overnight and we are now ready to start popping.
Step 7: Use a needle to pop the balloons inside the cement cocoon.
Step 8: Awww it is so satisfying to watch the balloons pull away from the cement walls as they deflate.
Step 9: Pop and deflate all the balloons.
Step 10: Once the balloons are small enough you can remove them through the opening at the top.
Step 11: Wet the cement balls a few times during the day to help strengthen the cement.
You can stop here if you much more prefer the natural look of the cement. You can use these cement containers in a number of different ways.
Option 1: Place a candle inside to brighten the room for a romantic evening.
Option 2: Use it as a flower pot by planting a succulent inside it.
Option 3: Use it as a display item around the house and store odd bibs and bobs in it.
Creativity is key and the options are endless.
Part C: Painting.
Click on the images below and follow steps 12 to 16
Step 12: This step is optional! I went the metallic route with gold, silver and bronze paints. I also gave it depth by adding a bit of black paint around the bottom.
Step 13: I started off with some black paint at the base of the container. This will add depth to our cement container.
Step 14: Now I start mixing in the bronze colour. See how it mixes with the black base and then it fades out and becomes lighter towards the top.
Step 15: Repeat these steps to paint the rest of you cement containers.
Step 16: All done!!
If you liked this project then you will probably like some of my other DIY projects. Feel free to have a look at my Cement Home Décor post as these two projects will work well together.
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Hi! My name is Elmari but my friends call me Ella.
I was born in a small town named Windhoek. Raised in an small ordinary family has motivated me to dare to dream big and believe in myself.
I have always loved creating and making things as it is so wonderful to see something come to life in front of your eyes. Creation and imagination are powerful skills so join me on my journey as we discover and create new things.
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