DIY Concrete Projects

Innovative Objects for the Garden and Home

DIY Concrete Projects
Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9780760364567
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It's time to see all that concrete can do. With a small investment in tools, materials, and time, you can build a wide variety of useful and beautiful projects in concrete—a new garden path, a bird bath, indoor accent pieces, and more. 

Mike Warren of Instructables fame (aka mikeasaurus) starts by walking you through the basics of working with concrete. You'll learn how to create smooth, even surfaces as well as important techniques used throughout the book, such as casting. The remaining chapters feature a wide variety of projects:
  • Garden: Glowing garden globes, cloth planters, birdbath (leaf embossed), soda-bottle cast candle holders, birdhouse (with PVC), pavers
  • Outdoor living: Concrete coasters, pillow-shaped tealight holders, doggy dish, tabletop fireplace, house numbers, garden décor (balls/spheres)
  • Home and office: Embossed concrete candles, pendant lamp, desk lamp, key rack, door stop (with marine rope), furniture legs, drawer pulls (cast Legos), pen holder
  • Gifts: Magnetic planter, stool (top only with wood legs), wall hook, wine rack, bookends, serving platter, ornaments
Whether you're excited about improving the functionality of your garden or you want to experiment with a more industrial look in your home, this all-in-one guide has all the information you need to confidently create with concrete.

The author

Mike Warren is a designer and inventor based in San Francisco. His work combines electronics, woodworking, and reuse. His open-source work is carefully documented to inspire and encourage others to remix his projects and share the results. Warren won The New York Times Innovation Whiteboard in 2012 for his umbrella light (an illumination device retrofitted into the shaft of an umbrella to indicate location to others in the dark) and was the favorite selected by James Dyson. Warren is also the author of a maker book for young adults, 23 Things to Do Before You are 11 1/2, among other titles, and served as the technical editor for the young adult fiction Dewey Mac, Kid Detective. His work has been featured in Popular Science, The New York Times, Wired, BoingBoing, Vsauce, and elsewhere. He is currently a designer for Instructables and Autodesk, where he shares DIY tutorials.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 160 Pages
ISBN: 9780760364567
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 7.99 in x 10 in / 202.95 mm x 254 mm

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