We had so much fun making concrete pumpkins for Halloween that we decided to try another concrete fall decor project. This time we wanted to try out a new product, RapidSet, which we learned about from a Home Depot Pro. It's a very strong cement (concrete being cement + sand and rocks). It's very smooth and can be removed from a mold in 1 hour.
Step 1: Watch the Video
Step 2: Gather Materials
- RapidSet 25lb Cement All (Home Depot)
- Gloves (Amazon)
- Mask (Amazon)
- Candles (Target dollar spot)
- Bowl, Trowel, Cling wrap
- Measure cup, painter's tape, tweezers
Step 3: Wear Mask and Gloves
Always wear a mask and gloves when working with concrete. It's best to have a buddy for this project.
Use a piece of cling wrap to protect the candle while the cement cures.
Step 4: Mix Cement and Fill Glove
We are using RapidSet cement that is readily available at our local Home Depot. The instructions show to use a 4 to 1 ratio of cement and water--4 parts cement to 1 part water.
Have a buddy hold open a disposable glove. Start by putting the cement in the fingers and work fast. The cement sets in 15 minutes and structural strength in 1 hour. We found making one hand at a time was best.
Step 5: Mold and Let Sit One Hour
Step 6: Remove Glove
Let sit for one hour then remove the glove from the cement hand. This will take a little time to remove all the glove. Use tweezers to help remove small pieces.
Step 7: Decorate
Leave the hand natural or spray paint. We used oil rubber bronze for this one.
Use a second candle to drip some wax around the hand.