Here in the Northeast, you’d think it was February. Not because it’s freezing per say, but because there are roughly 17 bulbs blooming in the whole state of Connecticut. BUT… 17 is enough for me to be thinking ahead to warm days in the garden so carry on with your eager blog reading, folks. This is a good one.
Last year, I made these concrete planters for my patio and I love-a-dub-dove them big time. So when I saw the amazing Jenny from Little Green Notebook add a fun twist, I couldn’t wait to jump on the concrete bandwagon again this spring.
Materials are Simple
- Concrete (I used two kinds: this one which is a little pricier – $20 vs. $5- but super smooth and dries really fast and then a basic Quickrete)
- Mixing utensil
- Cheap glass orbs from a thrift store. Mine were maybe $5 total?
Because my love for concrete runs deep, I have a mixing attachment for my drill, but a basic garden shovel totally works too. (It’s not quite as simple, but on the scale of watching TV to climbing Mt. Everest, a shovel is still pretty close to the couch potato.) Use gloves and goggles and a mask and all that… concrete’s not great to breath or ingest in any way. It’s also not the neatest project of your life, so an old tarp is a good idea.
4 Easy Steps
- Mix your concrete until it’s the consistency of pudding.
- Pour concrete pudding into your orbs and walk away.
- If you’re a cocktailer, go ahead and mix one to celebrate a DIY job well done. Cheers! You’re crafty!
- I let my concrete sit for a day or two. THIS is the fun part. (Even more fun if, hypothetically, you’ve had a two-year-old tantruming for 4 hours and a 3.5 year-old bugging you about finishing his Easter candy.) Place your concrete-filled glass orb into a thick paper bag and give it a tap with a hammer. The glass will break away from the concrete leaving you with these amazing garden ornaments.
Like I said, we don’t have many signs of spring around here, but when this garden bed fills in, these orbs will look even more amazing scattered amongst the leaves and flowers. Do you all remember leaves and flowers? Colorful and so pretty… they come with warm weather and often signify the end of winter. Yeah… those.