Garden water fountains not only provide needed refuge and water for birds, but they give a peaceful sound to the garden---and add some character to your landscape. One creative way to use your plants to decorate your garden is to turn a rhubarb or other large leaf into stepping stones or a bowl for a birdbath or water fountain. It's not a difficult project and doesn't take much in the way of special equipment.
Place a piece of plastic flat on a level surface like a concrete walkway. The plastic must be at least 6 inches larger than the leaf you'll use for this project. Be sure the area where you work can be left undisturbed for a few days.
Center a freshly cut rhubarb leaf or other fresh, large leaf on the plastic with the raised veins facing up.
Follow the manufacturer's directions to mix the concrete in a wheelbarrow. The concrete should be somewhat stiff before moving on to the next step.
Pour the concrete over the leaf with a shovel. If you prefer, you may use your hands, but wear gloves. The concrete should be between 1 and 1 ½ inches thick and should be barely inside the leaf edges.
Cut a piece of chicken wire in the general shape of the leaf with wire cutters. Make it fit 1 to 1 ½ inches inside the edges of the concrete.
Place the chicken wire on the concrete, and pour additional concrete over the wire, making the concrete an additional 1 to 1 ½ inches thicker. Using the shovel, release air bubbles by pushing down on the concrete.
Smooth the edges of the concrete with a trowel.
Shovel gravel or dirt around the concrete leaf. This will help support the shape of the concrete until it dries thoroughly.
Cover the concrete leaf with another layer of plastic and allow it to sit for 48 hours.
Remove the top layer of plastic, then the bottom layer.
Remove any leaf pieces that may be stuck to the concrete. An ordinary garden hose with a jet nozzle works well for this.
Spray the stepping stone with water every day for the next week.