Check out the the short video I made of this DIY challenge above.
This DIY was born out of a curiosity to see if I could emboss cement. Using only the materials I had around - which ended up being cardboard. This could of been done better and easier with a 3D printer or a CNC cutter - but I had cardboard.
For more pictures have a look at my blog post here: Home Tree Atlas
Step 1: Materials
All you need for this project is:
- A bag of concrete
- An exacto knife
- And a design that you want to use
Step 2: The Template
The first step is to print out your design and cut it out. Then trace it onto a sheet of cardboard. I did this twice because I wanted a thick mold for the concrete to pour into.
Step 3: Save the Scrap Pieces
You can save the scrap pieces of the template you just cut out. I went and made this stool, using the cardboard cutouts as a mold for the white cement inlay. You can see the project here.
Step 4: Waterproofing
The next step is to waterproof the card. This is done by covering it with tape.
After you've done that, you'll want to add a backing piece, again covered in tape
Step 5: Building the Box
Next cut out strips for the sides of the box, cover them with tape and put the box together.
In the pictures you can see I made some T shaped stripes. These are stuck to the sides of the box to brace it. Otherwise, when you pour in the cement the sides will bulge out.
Step 6: Start Pouring
Mix up your cement and pour it in. You'll want a bit of a wet mix.
Tap and shake the box gently to get the air bubbles out.
Step 7: The Reveal
Let everything dry for 20+ hours. Then cut the cardboard off.