Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rhubarb Leaf Ornaments

Project:
Making a rhubarb leaf ornament for our neighbor to replace the one Nathaniel decided to "borrow" and slightly BREAK!!! :)

Difficulty Level (Easy, Medium, Hard, Insane):
Easy

Process:
This was actually a very fun project. Partly because it wasn't something that HAD to be done (like fixing my bloody van) and also because I got to do something with Nathaniel that he actually enjoyed.

The process was pretty simple: Hit up some friends for some rhubarb leaves (thanks a million, Rob & Shelley), mix up some left-over colored concrete from my concrete driveway, slap it on the leaves, wait for 9 hours, flip them around and pull off the leaves. Voila! All done!

Pictures:
Nate doing a funky pose for the picture
Slap some concrete on the back side of the leaf
Smoothen it all out
The big one was a two-tone experimental leaf
After about 8-9 hours I was able to flip it around and pull the old leaf off
After the leaf was pulled off but with lots of dirt on it from the removal process
After it was blown off with some high pressure air
Another leaf in the reddish tone
One in the brownish tone
And another one
Here are all the ones we did together
Here are some more examples:


























Tools:
Bucket
Trowel
Measuring cup
Dental tool

Materials:
Colored dry-shake (silica sand, portland cement, concrete colorant)
Rhubarb leaves

Cost:
$0.00

Time:
2hrs

Savings:
$100

Conclusion:
They actually look really nice

2 comments:

wk-eigenheer said...

It is amacing how detailed they turn out! Glad you enjoyed the making! Muetti

Jeff Wilson said...

Hey Chris, just in case you run out of rhubarb leaves, you could also try some of the various squash/zucchini/pumpkin leaves as the season progresses. Love how the leaves turn out!!

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