Making DIY paper-crete garden sculptures is a nice bonding activity with your kids.
Making DIY paper-crete garden sculptures is a nice bonding activity with your kids.

Concrete sculptures add a touch of whimsical charm to your garden. However, they can get pretty expensive. For those who love DIY projects, this is not a problem – we can easily make our own. But working with concrete can sometimes get too heavy. Well, that was until someone discovered the wonders of paper-crete.

When it comes to DIY paper-crete projects, your imagination's the limit!
When it comes to DIY paper-crete projects, your imagination’s the limit!

Paper-crete is basically combining paper and concrete. Because paper’s lightweight by nature, it doesn’t get as heavy as when working with concrete alone.

This is actually a fun project that you can do with your kids. It’s getting down and dirty for a good cause. They’ll be thrilled to see the finished product sitting right in your garden.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your DIY paper-crete garden sculptures today!

Materials:

  • Paper (newspaper, egg cartons, any paper)
  • Water
  • String
  • Plastic bag
  • Chicken wire (or any mesh material)
  • Stiff wire
  • Portland cement
  • Sand

Tools:

  • Strainer/sieve
  • Tin snips/pliers
  • Agitation device (paint mixer, blender, strong arms)
  • Gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Stir Sticks (wood or plastic)
  • Bucket

Take a look at some of the paper-crete sculptures below. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to make one of your own.

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Thanks to MadeByBarb for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here