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Wisconsin zone 4/5
2296 Posts
September 20, 2013 - 9:40 am

A couple of weeks ago I spent the day over at my friend Judy's house and she was so nice to show and guide me through the process of making CONCRETE LEAF CASTINGS.  I will be doing this again. It was so much fun. The larger leaf is from an Elephant Ears plant and the smaller is from her Plume Poppy.  I made them slightly concave so they can hold water.  I will be staining them slightly, as soon as they are VERY DRY and then applying a sealer.002.JPGImage Enlarger003.JPGImage Enlarger004.JPGImage Enlarger005.JPGImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

Western Kentucky Zone 7a
616 Posts
September 21, 2013 - 6:31 am

I love these and want to learn how to do it!  Can you imagine using one of the leaves from the giant castor?  One of my plants is almost 12' tall now and the leaves are HUGE.  Please take another picture after you use the stain.  With your artistic talent, I know it will be great!!

Wisconsin zone 4/5
2296 Posts
September 21, 2013 - 6:48 am

Thank you, Kelly. It was a lot of fun. My friend collects leaves and FREEZES them for later use. She did make one with a Castor Bean leaf (not as big as yours) and it looks great. We used Quickcrete Mortar Cement. She said she like this because it was a smoother consistency.  On YouTube someone used VINYL PATCH, saying that it was a smooth consistency and picked up more detail of the leaves.


I was going to use spray stain. After watching some videos on YouTube, a lady said to water down acrylic paints. This way you can do more color shading.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

15 Posts
April 2, 2014 - 11:05 am

I make a bunch of concrete leaf castings and use an outdoor acrylic paint to add some color to them, and then seal them with polyeurethane.  To make mine I use a Portland cement mixed with sand for the larger leaves (to make sure they are nice and strong), and the Quickcrete for smaller leaves to get more detail because the material is so smooth.  Just make sure to bulk up the concrete down the middle vein since that tends to be the weakest part that could break.  This is such a great project to do!

4 Posts
July 26, 2017 - 4:19 am

Can you tell us the process. It is really interesting.

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