Isn't this awesome! These were dried and see the one with the green leaf still there. The green needs to be peeled out, and then they paint it and seal it. When they started the girls made mounds of wet sand in the form of how they wanted the leaf to look, or how deep etc. Drape plastic sheeting over the mound of sand, and then lay the leaf face down on top of the sand. They used sandcrete, and mixed it to a consistency of a brownie mix. Once the leaf is covered with about 3/4 inch thick sandcrete in the middle of leaf, and at the edge about 1/4 inch thick; they said you then cover the leaf with plastic wrap and if it's really hot outdoors, put a piece of moist burlap over the plastic so the concrete dries evenly. Giving it about 48 hours to dry.
After all dry, and removing the plastic, turning the concrete leaf over, you then peel of the second sheet of plastic and start pulling out the leaf. They were using dental tools to get the veins of the leaf out of the cement. You then need to let it cure for a day or so before painting. If you don't want a painted leaf, you can seal it with Thompson's Water Seal.
In process of peeling out the leaf on this one. Guess that takes awhile.
Oh I didn't get all of Cindy in the picture! But this is how she will have her's in her garden. When her sandcrete was wet, she turned her little bike upside down and pressed it into the forming leaf. It made indentations so it fits nicely on the bike. Won't that be cute after her leaf is all painted and sealed!
Here's one all painted on one side. Sharon painted it all green first, and then rubbed on a little yellow and red to give it a variation. Looks good to me!
Sharon said you can go to this web site for the directions:
then click on WebExtras.
Think I need to make some. Now to town to get supplies.
Have a great week everyone!