At first, I was a scared little girl when it came to working with cement. It seemed so permanent and could be a colossal waste of time if I screwed it up. Which I do often. Then, I had an epiphany. Cement is no different than cookie dough-other than the whole edibility issue.
So, I opened up the creative floodgates and made a cement hand (or two). This little hand will be perfect holding birdseed, or just adding a little pinache to my flower beds. And it cost almost nothing to make.
Here’s all that you’ll need to make your very own cement hand:
Bucket and access to water
Hand shovel or garden trowel
Cooking oil and paintbrush
Pour a cup or two of the Sand/Topping Mix into a bucket. Add a little water and begin to mix-just like cookie dough!
The cement needs to be the consistency of thick dough. Do a test by pushing a little to the side of the bucket-if it stays in place pretty well, it’s thick enough. If it slumps right back down, you’ll need to add a little more of the Sand/Topping Mix.
Turn a rubber glove inside out and pour a tablespoon into it. Clamp the end of the glove and give it a good shake, until the whole glove is coated inside with oil.
Fill the inside out rubber glove with cement, squeezing it to the tips of each finger.
Prop up the fingers into the desired shape and let dry overnight.
Once the cement hand is completely dry, remove the rubber glove carefully by cutting and removing sections a little at a time.
That’s it-you’re done! Easy as making cookies, wasn’t it?
You now have a one of a kind art piece with which to decorate your garden, your fireplace mantle or even use it to hold your business cards at work.
Take that, normalcy!