You could cast concrete in a cardboard box... except for one thing - it's not water tight. The cardboard will suck the moisture out of the concrete, leaving a chalky finish at best. At worst the box will blow out or fall apart before the concrete has cured.
The solution to this problem is, of course, Duct Tape. Taping the inside of the box will make it water tight, and also give the concrete some texture. Taping cardboard edging to the corners will help strengthen the box and minimize the bowing under pressure that happens when casting.
Materials + Supplies:
- Cardboard Boxes (2)
- Cardboard Edge Protectors (90 degree bends)
- Duct Tape (1/3 Roll)
- CHENG Pro-Formula Concrete Mix (Tahoe Color Shown)
- Sakrete 5000+ Concrete Mix
- Weights / Rocks / Sand / Something Heavy
- 5 Gallon Bucket
- Shovel / Trowel
- Particle Mask
- Rubber Gloves
Step 1: Tape the Boxes
- Heavy Duty
- Rigid / Relatively New
- Not too big (12"x12"x12" of concrete weighs about 135+ pounds, think about the pressure)
- Thin cardboard
On the larger box (the main form):
1. Fold the flaps outward and tape them down.
2. Tape the inside edges of the box, especially the corners.
3. Tape the entire inside of the box, with some overlap, in any pattern you want.
4. Tape cardboard edging on the outside wherever possible to help strengthen the box.
5. Add any decoration, like leaves, rubber stamps, pieces of tile, with spray adhesive.
On the smaller box (the knockout):
1. Fold the flaps inward.
2. Tape the outside of the box completely.
Place the smaller box inside the larger box. Lift up the smaller box until there is a 1" gap at the bottom. Make a mark on the small box, even with the rim of the larger box. When casting, you'll use this line as a reference so you know how deep to push the smaller box down.