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Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

 

This tutorial is from a few years ago, but it's a goodie!  These concrete flowers are inexpensive to make, and look stunning when they're done.  They look like carved stone, and are really elegant. You can use them to make a wall hanging, or a sculpture.  I used mine as a garden accent, and nestled them into my potted plants. It's a pretty messy project, and is a good one to do outdoors for easier cleanup.

Supplies:

  • Cement mix - I picked this particular brand because it sets quickly and comes in a small box
  • Old paintbrush that can be ruined
  • Thrift store flowers - not too fluffy, and something with structure, like roses.
  • Wire - I used 16 gauge.
  • Hot glue
  • 3 or more disposable containers - plastic cups work well. I use the bottom halves of milk cartons
  • Popsicle stick or something disposable to use for mixing cement
  • Aluminum foil

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step 1: Cover your work area with aluminum foil to make cleanup easy. Pull off the stem that came on your flower. Replace the stem with a length of heavy wire, and hot glue it in place. Step 2: Mix your cement. Use roughly ⅓ cup of water with 1 cup of cement, and mix with a wooden stick. You’re looking for the consistency of melted ice cream. Not too watery, but still runny enough to be able to pick it up with your paint brush.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step 3: Use your paintbrush to begin coating petals toward the center of the flower. Get the front and back of the petals, and down into the center a bit. Don’t be too detailed with this - it’s just a base coat so that the next coat has something to grab onto. Don’t coat the outer petals yet, just focus on the center area. Step 4: Holding the flower by the stem, turn it upside down, and put a coat down around the stem (and calyx if your flower has one.)  Again, don't coat the outer petals yet.  Having just this center part done will give them support so they don't get floppy later on.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step 5: Bend the wire stem into a hook and hang it up somewhere to dry with some foil beneath to catch any drips.  I used the shower curtain rod in the bathroom.  If you're working outside, a dowel supported by two chairs will do the trick.  Let it hang there for about 30 minutes.  It may not be totally dry, but just a little rigid is good enough to continue.  Don't forget to wash out your brush while you wait. Step 6: Mix a new batch of cement. Go ahead now and coat the outer petals, being gentle with your previous work.  

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step7: Flip the flower upside down and coat the underside again. Hang it up to dry. Step 8: So the whole flower should have a dry base coat now. Mix a new batch of cement and give the flower a total coating. Hang up to dry overnight. You can repeat this step if you choose - just get the flower as thick as you’d like it.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

And here they are totally hardened:

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Really pretty, right?! I also coated the leftover leaves to make a little wreath.    To do this, use short segments of leaves, and give them extended wire stems before you coat them.  This way, you can just wire them together from the back after they are hardened.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

And here's a candle ring!  Wouldn't that look just lovely with a pillar candle inside?

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and will try making some concrete flowers of your own.  As always, if you love it, share it!

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers            

10 comments

  • Mary Lee: May 08, 2017

    Good idea, well written instructions and you inspired me to try. want to use them on cheap, painted urns.

  • JOCELYNE COTE GINGRAS: April 30, 2017

    thank you all for those ideas wow

  • D Peterson: April 12, 2017

    Thank you for the great idea. I used it to decorate this cement pot I made.
    http://gramma-d.blogspot.ca/2017/04/i-love-cement.html

  • Diana: March 23, 2017

    I have some left- over cement from another project….I am going to try this. Perfect for outside in the garden.

  • Martine: February 27, 2017

    Thanks for the idea and tutorial, going to try it…

  • Carol: October 17, 2016

    Very clever, and I work with cement for crafts alot. Can’t wait to try it.

  • coweja: October 08, 2016

    beautiful, just amazing craft. Thank you

  • Dzabel: October 08, 2016

    I was gonna make one of these, and came across your post through google and pinterest.

  • Mike: September 27, 2016

    Very ingenious! I am very impressed and will try it.

  • steve b: August 10, 2016

    Thanks for showing this! I have been trying to figure out a way to make concrete flowers that I can leave outside in the elements. I live in Arizona, so this will work well!! Do you think regular cement (not the quick dry type you used) will work just as well?

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