Sand Cast Leaves

Home & Garden Expert Larry Pfarr stopped by the TCL studio to share a fun family friend craft for your garden, sand craft leaves.

Try it at home!

Supplies Needed:

Bags of sand or potting soil
Quick concrete mix
Plastic wrap
Large buckets
Large sized leaves

  • Hosta, rhubarb or burdock work well.
  • Keep the stems of the leaves in water until you are ready to use.

Face mask
Spray bottle with water
Old towels or rags
Trowel or shovel for mixing the concrete
Paint or concrete dye (optional)

  1. Dump the sand or potting soil into a pile and shape. A bowl-shaped mound will make a birdbath and flatter mound will make a stepping stone.
  2. Cover the mound with plastic wrap.
  3. Lay your leaf or leaves on top of the plastic wrap face down (You want the veins of the leaf facing up towards you.)
  4. Mix concrete and water in a bucket until it’s about the consistency of brownie mix.  The amount needed will depend on the size of your project. Wear a face mask when pouring the and mixing the concrete.
  5. Wearing gloves, scoop some of the concrete mix into the center of the leaf and work out towards the outer edge. The center should be about ¾ of an inch thick, with the outer edges no less than 1/4 “thick. You want to keep the concrete within the edges of the leaf. If the concrete is drying to fast, spray with water.
  6. Cover the concrete with plastic wrap and if it’s really hot, a wet towel.  This will let the sand cast leaf dry and cure slowly.  Let it dry for at least 48 hours.
  7. After at least 48 hours remove the leaf from the mound of sand.  Carefully pull the leaf away from the concrete.  Some of the leaf may be stuck to the concrete.  Allow the sand cast to continue to dry for at least a week. The concrete can the be brushed or gently scrubbed to remove and of the original leaf. It can then be painted or sealed if you want.
  8. Concrete leaves should be stored in a garage or building during the winter as freeze/thaw cycles will cause it to crack.
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