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Concrete Garden Projects: Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features & More Paperback – August 23, 2011
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Right now.. a bag of quick set concrete already mixed with sand.. costs around three dollars a bag. For some of the larger projects in this book.. you'll need a few bags of cement, and a little faith in yourself! That's it! I figure.. we saved ourselves a few thousand dollars. No one is the wiser.. that we made our OWN designs..
If you're looking to make some homemade gifts for folks to put out in their backyards for Christmas.. then this book.. is sure to inspire you with some GREAT ideas! A gift.. that you will select.. a bag or two of cement.. and your recipient will love and cherish! We'll keep it our little secret.. that the gift itself.. if you were to buy.. would cost a great deal more! Shhhhhh!
I only wish that they would have put the step by step, how-to pictures of the projects in the same chapter as the item. Instead of doing them all in a huge index in the back. They DO have step by step instructions.. but, one has to flip back and forth for little tips.
I can't wait to try and do some of the smaller projects that are in the book! I always wondered how one made a form from an existing item.. without ruining it. Now, I feel confident enough.. to take something I've been wanting to duplicate.. and making my own mold!
This book is sure to be a major hit with all do it yourself (DIY) homeowners!
The majority of the book is filled with "inspiration," lots of different ideas to get your creative juices flowing. The authors introduce the concrete object, give you a brief overview of how to make it, tips for customizing it, and ideas on how the piece will weather outdoors. Each idea is accompanied by at least one large, beautiful photo. Many of the author's ideas have several photos or a two-page spread. They also share different techniques for adding texture, color, or embedding little treasures in your concrete creations.
The last quarter of the book shows you how to work with concrete to make the ideas in the first part of the book. The "how to" section has lots of step-by-step photos to help you understand how to complete each project.
I am definitely going to make the shoe scraper door mat. I've long needed something near the door from my balcony into the condo, but I could never find something the right size. Now I can make one that is to my own specifications. Of course, I also plan on making several of the different pot ideas, as well as some stepping stones for my work garden. It's hard to keep the list of projects I want to try from the book realistic (unless I want to dedicate every weekend of 2012 to concrete casting-which is sounding better and better). I really like several of the bird bath ideas and the modernist bench.Read more ›
"Concrete Garden Projects" is a project book, the front half filled with charming photos of a wide array of ideas, and the back half containing step-by-step instructions for the same. Some of the ideas are a little beyond my ability (I'm not much of a carpenter, so I won't be building a bench any time soon), but many others are literally so simple, anyone could do them. Not a few projects involve repurposing everyday items as molds -- and with results that look far cuter than "cement in a cupcake mold" might initially sound.
But it's also an inspirational book. After reading through it, I found myself wondering in what other ways I could apply its concepts. I truly was excited to go out and buy myself a sack of concrete mix and start experimenting -- and let me stress how very unlikely it was before I picked up this book to utter any sentence with the words "excited" and "sack of concrete".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stupid book. I was hoping to make some nice garden ornaments, etc. - I was so peeved I returned itPublished 2 months ago by dugger
The problem is the British terminology and not enough step by step detail. For example, how much peat moss do you add to the concrete mixture to get the pictured effect?Published 5 months ago by Jan P.
Sorry to say I will be trying to resell this book. Nothing new or inspiring to me here.Published 6 months ago by J.W.