DIY Concrete Leaf Paperweight

I have a bunch of unposted ShapeCrete projects around here. I made this concrete log earlier too. I'm pretty into this moldable concrete thing, and I've been wanting to get more into DIY decor. Usually this is the point where I talk about what I've done with my day, but for the first time, maybe ever, nothing comes to mind. Not because nothing has happened but because I've been just generally forgetful today. No particular reason I can place. It's just sometimes these things go around. In the good news department I'll be in Willow and Sage next quarter too. I'm anxiously expecting my October issue in the mail. I also got a preview of my new business cards. I really want to share what they look like along with the new design for the blog, but that'll have to wait. It'll be a surprise, the kind of surprise I talk about every day until it happens. In the mean time I'll keep making stuff with this concrete that the folks at ShapeCrete were kind enough to send me to try out. I hope I'm doing it justice. Oh, also that book under the paper weight is The Untethered Soul. I have a bunch of books in line to read, but this one got bumped to the front since it was a gift. Gifts always go to the front of my list. I'll get to it as soon as I'm done with the majesty that is Power vs. Force. I highly recommend that one, in case that weren't clear. 

This is a pretty easy craft idea and you only need a few materials and two of them are free. So, that's a good thing. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • ShapeCrete
  • Gold Paint - I used Liquitex
  • An empty plastic gallon of water
  • Some leaves - Mine are from a Birds of Paradise plant

Note: Please use safety-ware goggles, gloves, mask, when working with concrete.

Directions:

  • Mix up your Shapecrete per the instructions. It's a 3:1 ratio for clay like concrete and 4:1 for pourable concrete. That ratio is water to powder. 
  • Cut your gallon just of water approximately in half.
  • Arrange the leaves inside of it. I did mine spine side down for a more three dimensional paperweight design. 
  • Add in your Shapecrete making sure to press it in gently to get the full impression of the leaf. 
  • Let it dry overnight covered in plastic wrap.
  • Once it's completely dry cover with one coat of gold paint. 
  • Set aside to dry.