Concrete Bird Bath

Since I’ve been working so hard on my new vegetable and herb patch recently, it is now time for a little decoration. Because I want to really take a vacation in my own garden this summer.

You can also paint the little bird bath as you like, if you want to have a little more color in the garden.

What You Need

  • Concrete / cement
  • 2 plastic bowls (1 large, 1 small)
  • Plastic cup
  • Stirring stick
  • Water
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint or lacquer

Anyone who has never worked with cement or concrete should simply start a little test. It is best to first touch the ratio of powder and water that is written on the packaging.

I’ve had the best results with regular cement and not flash cement. Especially with larger molds I didn’t manage to stir the cement properly before it started to harden. And then, unfortunately, this mass could no longer be poured nicely. So I got the nice white cement. You can paint the concrete or cement at the end as you wish.

Mix your cement or concrete as described on the package.

Then pour the mass into the large bowl and press the small bowl in the middle or positioned slightly to the side into the concrete. Make sure that there is a concrete edge at the bottom and at the edges.

Gently knock the large bowl on the table to let air bubbles escape.

It is best to let the bird bath dry overnight. The next day you should remove them from the shells.

Sand bumps smooth with the sandpaper.

If you want, you can paint the bowl with a glossy, transparent varnish or with acrylic paint.

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DIY Garden Cushion

Today I’m going to show you my favorite multifunctional DIY for the summer: A DIY garden cushion with table function.

This is what you need for a DIY garden cushion

  • A piece of chipboard or wood approx. 60 × 60 cm
  • Foam (three 5cm thick layers used – also approx. 60 × 60 cm – you can get it by the meter on the Internet)
  • Oilcloth (one piece 100 × 100 cm and one piece 65 × 65 cm – you can also order by the meter)
  • Hand stapler with staples
  • Scissors and craft knife

Material tip: You can also use solid fabric for indoors – for the garden cushion it was important to me that it is washable and does not absorb moisture directly!

This is how it’s done – DIY garden pillows

First cut the foam to match your piece of wood with the craft knife.

Then also cut the fabric or the oilcloth. Place the 100 × 100 cm piece with the beautiful side down on the floor or on a table. Place the foam sheets on top of each other in the middle. The piece of wood comes all the way to the top.

Then insert the staples into the hand stapler and adjust it accordingly. With the hand stapler that I used, you can, for example, set how much power the stapler should use.

Start on one side, pull up the oilcloth, fold the edge once and then staple it tightly along the entire side to the wood. Then do the same on the opposite side. It is best to work in pairs – so one can hold the fabric tight.

On the other two sides you have to fold the corners a little bit nicely. Then you can also staple the sides on top of the wood.

Finally, put the 65×65 cm piece of oilcloth on the wood. Fold the edge back under and staple the oilcloth all around. Pay particular attention to creating nice corners. So your pillow will have a neat back that you can use as a table!

Ready – now you can relax in the garden!

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