When you think of concrete, you probably just think of roads and driveways, but concrete is more versatile than that. It can be an easy way to add little decorative touches to your home in an inexpensive way. So, here at Concept Concrete, we thought we’d give you some tips for working with concrete so that you can safely create your own pieces and add personality to your home.
What you need
It’s important to stay safe when working with concrete, so make sure you have the following to hand:
- Long sleeved jumper or top
- Long trousers or jeans
- A mask to cover your nose/mouth
- Sturdy shoes with closed toes
Optional: protective glasses
Cement dust is toxic so it’s important to protect your eyes and skin from it. Small doses don’t cause much reaction in most people, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. If the mixture touches your skin, it can burn so wash it off with water and keep water running over it for up to 20 minutes.
There’s an easy rule to follow when mixing concrete and that’s 1, 2, 3 – 1 part cement, 2 parts sand and 3 parts aggregate (small stones). Then you add water so that you blend the mixture into a smooth paste, keep folding the mixture over and over, as if making a cake so that the moisture is evenly distributed throughout. Be careful not to add too much water at once, just enough to mix it.
What can you make?
The only limit is your own imagination, but here are some ideas:
Functional and easy-to-make, coasters are a really good craft to start out with. You can experiment with shapes, from triangle to hexagon, and you can go really decorative when you get the hang of it.
It makes sense to have concrete bookends as they are a good weight. Pick up some baking moulds and create letters, shapes and unusual patterns to keep your things in place.
- Plant pots
Cement pots will last much longer than plastic pots, plus they are much more elegant. Again, you can be creative with shapes.
Check out YouTube for some other ideas on DIY Cement pieces.