To prevent the leaf from tearing or breaking, you'll need a protective layer of sand to rest it on. Start by spreading out the newspaper on the floor and cover it with a thick layer of sand.
Place the leaf on the layer of sand with the upper surface facing down so that the veins on the underside of the leaves are clearly visible.
Mix the concrete by following the instructions on the packaging. Coat the leaf with the mixed concrete. Allow the concrete to harden for about 24 hours before carefully peeling away the leaf. Turn the concrete leaf over and carefully remove or brush away any sand from the top of the moulded leaf. Before painting, the surface must be as dust-free as possible.
To make your chosen colour really stand out, we recommend first applying a coat of Universal Primer to the leaf shape. After applying the primer, leave it to dry briefly. Once you've chosen which colour Permanent Spray you want to use you can get down to painting. Spray the concrete leaf rapidly with edding Permanent Spray. We recommend using horizontal and vertical strokes when spraying to ensure an even finish. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Products and materials
- Craft concrete (from craft stores) or concrete from a DIY store
- Large leaves, e.g. rhubarb leaves
- Bowl for mixing the concrete
- Spatula, cloth, work gloves, hand brush
- Newspaper and sand to place the leaves on
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