Concrete is one of the oldest building materials that has been available to man. The earliest form of concrete was used around 6500 BC by the Bedouins who roamed around and inhabited the areas south of modern day Syria and north of Jordan today. The Greeks and the Romans used it in the classical and the middle ages. Parthenon and Pantheon are perhaps two of the most impressive structures ever to be built using this material.
Post industrial age, the usually novel material for construction is now available easily and can be used for various fun and DIY purposes. While the internet is flushed with tutorials how to use it, below are few of the best ideas how to make this incredible material bring joy and fun in your offices, houses and other personal spaces.
1- Shape them up stone by using different pattern makers for your own floor designs
Concrete gives us the opportunity to make molds in all shapes and sizes so we can make our very own patterns. These molds are repeated and concrete is poured to make your floor using your own designs. Usually, these are modular and are repeated in various manners to make a random looking or strictly similar pattern. The possibilities are endless.
2- Make your handcrafted planter in concrete
Were you the type of person who always wanted to give your greens their own home personalized by you? Cement concrete gives you that chance and yes its easy. Just make a cavity between 2 slightly different sized boxes and pour concrete within. Leave a small hole or too for the access water to seep out.
Your plants have a new home – thanks to you.
3- Why not have a concrete bench in the house
Become your own carpenter to make a comfortable and good to look at designer bench by your self. All you need is a mold, some concrete and maybe a wooden ledge. The simplest is to make concrete legs and hang or place the ledge between them. If you feel like going pro, make the ledge of concrete too. Paint over it or just let the material shine and the process speak for its self.
4- Set your memories in stone – Literally
Be it a hand print of a milestone of your baby’s life or a beautiful leaf that you want to preserve the memory of; concrete is your best friend. The delayed setting time of this material helps it take imprints of almost anything. Making molds of letters can just help you put a date or an event in stone – literally and all by your own self.