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Concrete Garden Projects: Easy & Inexpensive Containers, Furniture, Water Features & More Paperback – Aug 23 2011
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“The texture and color of concrete provides a pretty vessel for blooms and foliage.” —Better Homes and Gardens
“Will get your creative juices flowing.” —Miami Herald
“Gives budget-minded gardeners pages of arty projects.” —The Houston Chronicle
“A convenient and inexpensive base for garden projects.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Useful, fun, and sure to ignite imaginations.” —Diane M. Calabrese,American Reference Books Annual
“Features easy-to-follow projects that will keep any gardener busy creating new vessels for their plants.” —Twin Cities Pioneer Press
“Stylish concrete vessels and creations.” —Argus
From the Back Cover
If you like making things for your garden, you will love concrete. Durable, beautiful and inexpensive, it is also surprisingly simpl to work with. Best of all, it weathers elegantly, softening around the edges to become more picturesque with age.
Concrete Garden Projects offers up an inspiring array of creative projects that can be made for next to nothing. Follow the easy, step-by-step
instructions to make containers of all sizes, benches and stools, ponds and birdbaths, pavers and stepping stones and even a barbecue. The forms for the projects range from household items like bowls and baking pans to simple wooden frames and boxes.
For elegant, individual, garden décor, don't spend a fortune, just mix and pour.
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Top Customer Reviews
Easy Concrete and Concrete Garden Projects are both the same. (I'm sure the "authors" must know each other) they are almost identical in some of their information.
I read both of these books in under 15 minutes and didn't learn anything iI couldn't have picked up on You Tube or in a kindergarden crafts class.
The projects and finished pieces are extremely basic and tatty looking.
If you are looking to make a gift for your 95 year old blind granny then maybe, (I'm sure she'd prefer a cookie and a nice cup of tea though)
Don't buy this or Easy Concrete, contact me and you can have mine for free!!
These are a complete waste of trees!!!!
Enough said I think.
Concrete Ornaments for the Garden (recommended with these two by Amazon) is a gem. I would rate that book at a 4.5.
It shows helpful mixes for different applications, classy modern sculptures and writings from real artisans.
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Right now.. a bag of quick set concrete already mixed with sand.. costs around three dollars a bag. For some of the larger projects in this book.. you'll need a few bags of cement, and a little faith in yourself! That's it! I figure.. we saved ourselves a few thousand dollars. No one is the wiser.. that we made our OWN designs..
If you're looking to make some homemade gifts for folks to put out in their backyards for Christmas.. then this book.. is sure to inspire you with some GREAT ideas! A gift.. that you will select.. a bag or two of cement.. and your recipient will love and cherish! We'll keep it our little secret.. that the gift itself.. if you were to buy.. would cost a great deal more! Shhhhhh!
I only wish that they would have put the step by step, how-to pictures of the projects in the same chapter as the item. Instead of doing them all in a huge index in the back. They DO have step by step instructions.. but, one has to flip back and forth for little tips.
I can't wait to try and do some of the smaller projects that are in the book! I always wondered how one made a form from an existing item.. without ruining it. Now, I feel confident enough.. to take something I've been wanting to duplicate.. and making my own mold!
This book is sure to be a major hit with all do it yourself (DIY) homeowners!
The majority of the book is filled with "inspiration," lots of different ideas to get your creative juices flowing. The authors introduce the concrete object, give you a brief overview of how to make it, tips for customizing it, and ideas on how the piece will weather outdoors. Each idea is accompanied by at least one large, beautiful photo. Many of the author's ideas have several photos or a two-page spread. They also share different techniques for adding texture, color, or embedding little treasures in your concrete creations.
The last quarter of the book shows you how to work with concrete to make the ideas in the first part of the book. The "how to" section has lots of step-by-step photos to help you understand how to complete each project.
I am definitely going to make the shoe scraper door mat. I've long needed something near the door from my balcony into the condo, but I could never find something the right size. Now I can make one that is to my own specifications. Of course, I also plan on making several of the different pot ideas, as well as some stepping stones for my work garden. It's hard to keep the list of projects I want to try from the book realistic (unless I want to dedicate every weekend of 2012 to concrete casting-which is sounding better and better). I really like several of the bird bath ideas and the modernist bench. The tea lights are cute, as are the tic-tac-toe board and hanging garden ornament. Ugh. See why I'm already blocking out weekends in 2012?!
All-in-all, this is a great book. I have only two tiny quibbles. The authors recommend making holes in containers meant for plants, but suggest that it's possible to create a pot without a drainage hole and merely put some clay balls in the bottom to keep the plants in the pot from rotting. In my opinion, all pots must have drainage holes unless they are the self watering variety. My second gripe-and again, these are such minor issues-is that there is a photo with a hens-and-chick (Sempervivum) succulent cutting floating in a bird bath. It looked adorable, but why would anyone float a drought tolerant plant in water?
Anyway, don't let these two little complaints from me prevent you from enjoying this book, I'm just trying to keep it real. I know my copy will be well used and probably covered in flecks of concrete.
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