It Looked Awkward When She Poured Cement Into Ice-cube Trays But The Result Was Awesome

Now I know that the thought of working with cement for

decorating home ideas might put you off a bit.  But, I urge you to enter this with an open mind and some old clothes (you are going to need to be wearing rags for this DIY home decor project) .  My daughter was getting married to her high school sweetheart and they both had just opened a contractor business. So I decided to host the rehearsal dinner, bridal party and do all of the wedding decorating because I knewmoney was going to be tight. I needed to be clever and frugal with the design of the decor all the while not embarrassing my child!

This is where I found this creative design for table settings. I didn’t want to just have a card with a name on theplate. Iwanted something that would stand out and give them some indirect marketing leverage for their new company, all while looking elegant andfestive.

The theme I had in mind was, of course, industrial. That meant that I would have lots of steel accents on white backgrounds. The furniture would be standard and covered with white chair covers, but that wasn’t a great concern for me, furniture was the easy part. The table setting was the most important for us. I wanted the table settings to look phenomenal and I decided on this easy to pull offdesign. I made miniature concrete blocks with provision clips for the name holders (trust me it’s going to look great).

So, to do this I had a small gathering(some family and some friends) in my backyward and spread out some heavy plastic to protect the lawn.I brought out the provision pins, some plastic cups, rubber ice trays, mixing sticks, facemasks, gloves, a bag of sand, a sack of concrete and the garden hose. Let me tell you everyone doubted me and looked at me like I wascrazyfor even attempting this. The jokes about being a pinterest freak were endless hahaha! Nevertheless, we persisted.

I began by making sure everyone had rags, gloves and face masks on before we started our project. Next, we filled a bucket with 4 cups of cement and 8 cups of sand. I mixed these well, then transferred them to somecups for the water and mixing proces. We slowly added water to our cups and stirred until we found that perfect texture for pouring into the ice trays. Then it was time to immediately add the provision pins. Placing them in before the concrete dried and also making sure they were in a little deepso that they would stay upright.

Omce it dried, it was time to take them out of the trays and determine if this was a disaster or a success. We wiggled the ice tray as if we were dislodging ice cubes and they popped out in perfect unblemished squares; it didn’t look too bad at all (for a cheap idea). Ihad hired a calligraphy professional to stencil the names of the guest on the front of the card (while the business name and address were prominently on the other side), and all i can say is, PERFECTION!

Update: The rehearsal dinner was a resounding success and business is booming for all of us (I started making and selling these decorations from home too)! 

Creative home design for festive table settings using an ice tray and provision pins!

Creative home design for festive table settings using an ice tray and provision pins!
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We are going to need some provision pins and a few of these ice trays for our creative home design project! Make sure that the ice trays you select are all the same size unless of course, your decor allows you to have different sizes.

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Cutting out the cardboad templates (pictured right) for the ice trays

Cutting out the cardboad templates (pictured right) for the ice trays

For the industrial home decor theme to work, the provision pins have to be upright and it would need the support of the template that would be placed over the ice tray once the cement is poured in.

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Protective personal gear & creative home ideas

Protective personal gear & creative home ideas

Creative home ideas like this one serve to remind us to protect yourself and your health when dealing with crafts that include items like cement and sand. It can make you very sick if you are unlucky enough to accidently inhale it.

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Mixing up our cement and sand before putting them into the cups for water as per our pinterest home ideas guidebook

Mixing up our cement and sand before putting them into the cups for water as per our pinterest home ideas guidebook

We are pouring the cement (and sand not pictured) into the bucket for mixing. It’s important to mix these two well before adding any water since it will determine the quality of the cement blocks produced.

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Cement and sand mixture waiting to be turned into table top decorations!

Cement and sand mixture waiting to be turned into table top decorations!

Now that we mixed the sand and cement well and they’re sectioned off into cups, it’s time to add water and mix (again) until it’s a good consistency for pouring.

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Mixing in the water (slowly) for the ice tray transfer | Home decor ideas

Mixing in the water (slowly) for the ice tray transfer | Home decor ideas

Concrete technology is simple really, you add too much water and the concrete is weakened with cracks etc. also not enough water and you end up not being able to pour into the ice trays; deeming the whole home decor project a dud.

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Pour it out! Pour it out! | DIY home decor crafts

Pour it out! Pour it out! | DIY home decor crafts

Our concrete mixture is poured into the ice trays, please note that we made sure the temperature was above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so the integrity of the cement stayed intact. If you live in a cold state you may want to do this home decor idea in a wide enough but enclosed temperature monitored space conducive to cement projects.

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Provision pins are set in the concrete and supported by the cardboard brace

Provision pins are set in the concrete and supported by the cardboard brace

I made sure that the pins are centered and the ice trays are seated on a flat surface so the cement won’t tilt and spoil the aesthetics we want for the diy home decor place card.

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Our finished name place card holders | Home design trends for event planners

Our finished name place card holders | Home design trends for event planners

Tiny concrete blocks adorned with silver provision pins, it looks just amazing and will compliment any dinner setting. These home design trends are a quite a hit with event planners (like myself).

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Making table top home decorations at a fraction of the cost!

Making table top home decorations at a fraction of the cost!

Unusual and creative table decorations like these are mostly given as tokens at weddings or business gifts around the holidays. It can then be utilized as paperweights and or cardholders!

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