This is how you can make a concrete hand as decoration yourself.

20. July 2019 - Anika Semmer

How to Make a Concrete Hand as Bowl or Decoration | Tutorial




Concrete is a versatile material that also looks beautiful as it ages. Decorations made of concrete are suitable for the garden or indoors- This is how you how you can make your own concrete hand.

In every modern furnishing shop, there are suddenly decorations and living objects made of concrete. This material is very trendy and has a great advantage: working with concrete is easy and can be done by anyone with a few tricks.

The concrete hands are a motif that can be used all year round for seasonal decoration. In summer and spring as a planter for the garden, at Halloween and Christmas as a candle holder – or a tray for the house key.

You can find everything you need to make the hands as concrete decoration on the material list. The detailed step-by-step instructions show you exactly how we did it.

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How to Make a Concrete Hand

Time: about 30 minutes + 3 days waiting time.

Material list*

  • Disposable gloves
  • Approx. 750g Creative concrete per hand
  • Bucket or bowl for mixing concrete
  • Water
  • String
  • Stirring spoon or stirring rod
  • Ladle
  • Measuring jug
  • Scales
  • 1 glass and 1 book per hand
  • Scissors
  • Cutter
  • Newsprint

1. Preparation and Mixing Concrete

Make your own concrete hand decoration - anyone can do it at home

Mix the creative concrete with water

First, spread a generous amount of newspaper on your work surface. In a bucket or bowl (I used an old plastic planter), mix the mixture for the concrete.

You can make the material for the concrete decoration yourself from cement, fine gravel and water in the right proportions. Much easier and just as good in the result are ready-made creative concrete mixtures – I used this creative concrete for my concrete hands. When mixing the concrete, you should follow the package instructions exactly for a beautiful end result.

Depending on the size of your gloves (S-XL), you should mix at least 750g of concrete per hand.

2. Pouring Concrete Hand

You can make a concrete hand decoration yourself with a disposable glove.

The glove is the casting mould for making concrete hand decoration yourself

Now a helper holds open the opening of the glove and you pour the liquid concrete into the mould. You don’t have a helper? Move the clothes horse over the table and attach the glove to it with clothes pegs so that it stands open. Now you can pour in the concrete.

The glove must not be completely full so that you can still shape it afterwards. Fill it about 2/3 full.

If you want to make your own concrete hand decorations, you will need moulds such as a glove to form a hand.

Filled and knotted – now the concrete hand just has to dry

Now tie the end tightly with a piece of string. Clean the outside of the glove and massage the concrete so that it spreads evenly.

3. Allow the Concrete Hand to Dry in the Correct Position

If you want to make a concrete hand as a concrete decoration yourself, you will need books for it so that it dries in the right position.

Weigh down the concrete hand in the desired position with books

To make sure the concrete hands lie flat and you can place flower pots or lanterns in the palm of your hand, we now broke the glasses and books to help.

We put a glass with a smooth bottom upside down and draped the hand on it to dry so that the bottom of the glass is held by the palm of the hand. On top of that we put a book to weigh it down and to give the concrete hand a flat surface to lie on.
Tip: Your hand keeps slipping off the glass and won’t stay put? Attach it to the glass on the laced side with fabric tape for extra stability.

4. Detach the Concrete Hand From the Glove

Making concrete hand decorations yourself isn't hard - you can easily pour concrete hands for the garden and interior.

The concrete hands have many uses as decorations

After about 2 hours the concrete has dried. To remove it from the glove, you should wait 2-3 days until the concrete is completely dry.

To do this, cut the glove open and carefully rip the rubber with the cutter. Remove the glove from the hardened concrete hand.

Tip: You can also make a golden or coloured hand as a concrete decoration! You can stick gold leaf on the concrete hand or paint it with colour or oil. If you mix tinting paint or acrylic paint into the concrete while pouring, you can colour it completely!

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