Check out the short video I made of this DIY above.
I was wondering what would embossing and inlaying concrete look like. So I used Homemade Modern's bucket stool DIY as a project to try it out on. I ended up with stool that had a Koi fish inlay design.
For more of my weird DIY's check out my blog: Home Tree Atlas
Step 1: Materials
- 1 1/4 inch dowels
- A bucket
- Packing tape
- Exacto knife
- And 2 colors of concrete. I used normal concrete and a bag of white concrete. You can also buy concrete dye and use it with white concrete.
- A print out of a design, I found mine online
Step 2: Cutting Out the Template
Cut out your print out, then trace it onto a sheet of cardboard. I did this twice so I could get a thick mold for the concrete.
Step 3: Save the Leftovers
You can save the scrap pieces of the cut out, and use them to create embossed concrete pieces. Find my DIY for that here.
Step 4: Glueing It Together
After you have your pieces cut out, then you'll need to glue them together. Since the bottom of my bucket wasn't flat, I needed to cut a circle from the cardboard.
Step 5: Waterproofing
Take the packing tape and cover the whole piece. This will protect it from the wet cement.
Step 6: Pouring the Cement
You will want a bit of a wet mix of cement. So that it will nicely cover the design.
Before you pour in the cement, make a mark 3 inches from the bottom of the bucket, so you'll know when to stop pouring. Also make a mark 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of your dowels, so you'll know how far to push them in.
Step 7: The Stool Legs
Push in the dowels, and spread them evenly around the bucket. Since mine wanted to float up, I taped them to the bucket.
Tap and shake the bucket gently to get the air bubbles out.
Step 8: Getting the Stool Out
Let it dry for over 20+ hours.
I had to break my stool out. But you should be able to bend the sides of the bucket to loosen it and pull it out.
Step 9: The Inlay
The next step is pouring the colored/white cement into the inlay. Again you'll want a wet mix. Use a tooth pick to push the cement around making sure it gets in all of the corners of the design.
Step 10: Sanding
Once the new cement is dry, you'll need to sand it to bring out the design.