These DIY cement stocking holders had been actually enjoyable to work on! I’ve been desirous to experiment with cement combine and this felt like a enjoyable and smaller scale challenge that will possibly work nicely. I really like making issues (as you may in all probability guess), so experimenting with new supplies occasionally is a problem I attempt to lean into. And I’m actually proud of how these turned out! They’re sitting on our mantle holding our stockings proper now and the home design simply makes me smile after I see them.
Earlier than beginning this challenge, I talked with my buddy Ethan about working with concrete mixes. He’s at present working by means of a program the place he’s studying all types of issues about carpentry and contractor-type work. He just lately had a unit (undecided it’s known as a unit … however a collection of classes, I suppose?) all about cement, so I picked his mind somewhat earlier than I tried this as a result of I used to be actually afraid all my home blocks would possibly crack. Which might mainly wreck the challenge. He had numerous nice ideas, so I’m gonna share these all through this submit as nicely.
-empty, cleaned milk cartons for the mould
–Quikrete quick setting concrete combine
-mixing container, stir sticks, and security gear (put on a masks)
-pull knobs ( for cupboards)
-all-purpose, robust glue
-paint + brushes
-other decor components like glitter or greenery
Step One: Combine the concrete. You may learn the Quikrete package deal for mixing particulars in addition to seek the advice of their web site. Moreover, Ethan mentioned it is best to goal for a combination that’s comparable in consistency to cookie dough. You don’t need to add an excessive amount of water as this will make the concrete much less steady, and will result in cracking. I might advocate mixing concrete outdoors or someplace very ventilated and likewise put on a masks whenever you do. It’s very dusty earlier than you add water and also you don’t need to be respiratory the combo into your lungs.
Step Two: Add the pull knob screws to the clear milk cartons after which pour the combination into every. It might not essentially “pour,” so use your stir stick and likewise shake the cartons as you fill them so the combination will settle in nicely. Discover a option to let the cartons sit inverted for at the very least a pair days. I put them in a big bowl stuffed with flour so I might get them to sit down inverted however not distort the form (I threw the flour away after). Then take away the milk carton mould from the cement home.
Step Three: Time for the actually enjoyable half—adorning the homes! I painted mine black and white and added somewhat glitter to appear to be snow. I additionally glued them to wooden bases and added somewhat (fake) greenery so it might resemble bushes round the home. It’s also possible to screw the pull knob in place at this level.
That’s it! Fairly easy. You would possibly discover that I really made three milk cartons however I solely have two stocking holders. I made three as a result of I used to be nervous one would possibly crack and understanding my objective was to have two I made a decision to pour three simply in case. Finally, all of them three labored (which means they didn’t crack), however we solely have two stockings at our home so I didn’t enhance the third one.
Additionally, only a be aware, these are pretty heavy. We don’t have any little ones at our home, however in the event you do I might ensure these usually are not someplace so it might be simple to tug them off. If this fell on somebody’s head it might harm quite a bit! I’m positive that is apparent to most dad and mom on the market, however I simply figured I’d point out anyway. Thanks for letting me share!