Colocasia Leaf Bird Bath
• Two large colocasia leaves
• An outdoor work surface
• Plastic drop cloth
• Latex gloves
• Acrylic craft paint (optional)
• Directions •
Arrange Your Colocasia Leaves Back to Back
Lay your two large colocasia leaves back to back on your work surface so that the tips of the leaves are facing in opposite directions. You’ll want the two leaves to overlap so that there is no gap in the middle between them.
Plant Tip: We used the leaves of Heart of the Jungle® Elephant Ear’s Colocasia
Make An Outline Of The Planter Shape
Use a black marker to trace an outline of the two leaves on the plastic drop cloth. This outline will be your visual guide for the next steps.
Pour and Shape Sand Inside the Outline
Pour and shape sand inside the outline you drew. Mound more sand in the middle and taper it off around the edges.
Place the Colocasia Leaves Back in Place
Put the colocasia leaves back in place on top of the sand mound. Again, make sure that there is no gap in the center where the two leaves overlap.
Cover the Leaves With Concrete
Pour a layer of concrete over the colocasia leaves. Aim for a layer that’s about a half of an inch thick. Smooth the concrete with a trowel as you work.
Trim Off Excess Concrete
After you have smoothed out the concrete layer, make sure to trim any excess concrete around the edges. Aim for a clean border all the way around the edges.
Allow Concrete to Dry for 24 Hours
Allow the concrete to dry for 24 hours before moving on to the next step.
Clean Leaves Off the Concrete
Now that the concrete bird bath is dry, you can flip it over and clean off the leaf material that’s left behind. You can use a hose and a scrubbing brush if you have any trouble peeling the leaves off from the concrete.
Paint the Bird Bath
This step is totally optional! If you prefer the look and texture of the raw concrete, you can place the finished bird bath in your garden and fill it with water. We opted to paint the concrete to make it resemble the original green colocasia leaves. If you choose to paint the bird bath, a craft acrylic paint will do well and hold up over time outside in the elements.
Finished bird bath filled with water in the garden
• Helpful Tips •
Set up a spacious outdoor work area. Working with concrete can get a bit messy, so you’ll definitely want to do this project outside.
Don’t rush the concrete drying process. We recommend leaving the concrete to dry for 24 hours, but your mix ratio may be a little different or you could be working in an area with more humidity. If the concrete still looks dark and is wet to the touch after 24 hours, give it some more time. Check on it periodically until you’re satisfied that it’s dry.
Have a buddy help you move the dried bird bath. The finished bird bath will be fairly large, so it’s much easier to move it around with two people.
Have fun painting! We went for a realistic leafy look, but you can paint the bird bath however you like. Get the kids involved and turn it into a family painting project!