This instructable is on behalf of Madeline Werner, the caster of these lovely leaves. Being inbetween jobs, I have the time (and inclination) to do it! This is an easy, cheap, and fun way to make a lasting addition to any landscape. We hope you enjoy our first instructable. Feedback welcome. ( :
-Large, fresh, veiny leaves such as rhubarb (don't worry if they have a few holes) or smaller like hosta
-50 lbs. Play Sand for forming
-Plastic wrap, food storage type
-50--80 lb. Bag of Concrete (sand aggregate only)
-Spray and hand paints, brushes, etc.
-Water sealer for concrete
Optional: Portland Cement, concrete colorant, wire to coil and set for hanging, chicken wire or drywall mesh joint tape for more strength
Step 1: Gather Leaves
Keep in water until ready to use, but no more than a couple of days.
Step 2: Prep the casting area
Press the leaf on a pile of sand to desired shape, mounding or flatening. Remove the leaf, then cover the sand with plastic wrap. Return the leaf to its original spot. Prep all leaves to be cast before the next step.