Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum
If you enjoy arts and crafts and making things with your hands, concrete might be a medium that you’ve haven’t considered before. However, concrete crafts can be an excellent way to make DIY projects that are inexpensive, a lot of fun, and result in some interesting ways to decorate your home or items to sell. Concrete might be heavy and grey, but it can also be made into some really nice, clean, and modern shapes. The simple lines and rough textures in the concrete can really make for some interesting pieces for display in your home, particularly alongside other types of decor. Here are some great reasons to consider crafting with concrete.
Concrete can be really cheap to come by, and there’s certainly no shortage of it. You can easily get a large amount of concrete for just a few pounds at hardware stores, either online or offline, and you can also find ready mix concrete suppliers in London by simply searching for concrete near me. MixIt is a handy site to use with a tool that you can take advantage of to measure out exactly how much concrete you are going to need for your next project. Use the concrete measuring tool and order what you need at their website, mixit.co.uk.
It’s easy to craft with
It’s easier than you might think to make interesting craft projects using concrete. All you need to do is mix the powder with water, pour it into a container and let it cure – or add a few other steps for more complicated projects. Anybody can get started with concrete crafting and you don’t need any special skills to get good at it. And with so many tutorials and project ideas that you can look up and follow online, you’re certainly not going to deal with a shortage of things to make.
Supplies you’ll need
To get started with concrete crafts, you’ll need some basic supplies. Before you start, make sure that you have your concrete, an old bucket, some gloves and a plastic sheet or dustsheet to minimise the mess. Make sure that you protect yourself too, with a dust mask and some protective goggles. You’ll also need some cooking spray to remove your concrete projects from the moulds when done, and a stick or small shovel to stir it. To finish the projects, you’ll need a sanding block and you might want some sealant and paint.
Precautions when crafting with concrete
Working with concrete is mostly safe, but there are some precautions worth taking. It is a good idea to work outside and wear a mask since concrete creates a lot of fine dust that can be harmful to your health. It can also really dry out your skin, so wear clothing that covers you up and have some disposable gloves too.
Once you’ve found a few project ideas that you like, working with concrete is really easy and a ton of fun. You can make anything you like from ornaments to furniture; the choice is yours!
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