Introduction: DIY Experiment: Embossing Concrete Challenge

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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

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All you need for this project is:

  • A bag of concrete
  • Cardboard
  • An exacto knife
  • And a design that you want to use

Step 2: The Template

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Let everything dry for 20+ hours. Then cut the cardboard off.

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Check out my blog for more weird DIY projects: The Mill @ Home Tree Atlas

Comments

numbanine (author)2016-03-09

simple and creative, well done

Chesshaus (author)2016-03-09

looks like something that I would like to try. I think that I would do something realy simple to see if I can do it.

flyingpuppy (author)2016-03-09

Beautiful cement project. I especially like the stool

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