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How to Make Concrete Pedestals

By Genae Valecia Hinesman
Concrete pedestals and columns exude simple elegance.
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Many people who are new at DIY projects are surprised to learn how simple creating their own custom concrete pedestals can be. With only a few inexpensive materials, and a bit of effort, anyone can create an elegant pedestal that can easily be painted to match any interior decor or outdoor area.

First, you will need to take your pedestal mold to a flat working area. Make sure that it is intact with no tears, cracks, or holes. Unless you are using pre-mixed concrete, you should mix your concrete with water in a container per the package instructions. When the concrete is ready and of the correct consistency, carefully pour out the prepared concrete into the pedestal mold.

Gently, but firmly tap the sides of the mold to get rid of any air pockets or bubbles.

As the concrete begins to "set", the concrete near the top of the mold may "contract" or sink down in the middle. This is normal, but usually undesirable. Simply top off the sunken area with additional prepared concrete.

Now the important part. It is necessary to allow the mold to remain dry and undisturbed for at least 2 days (48 hours) in order to harden. Sometimes it may take up to three days depending on the humidity of your environment. Be patient for best results!

After the concrete has hardened, carefully remove the mold from the concrete. Let the pedestal remain in a dry, well ventilated area to "cure" for 7 to 9 days. After this time has elapsed, feel free to get creative and decorate it. If the pedestal will be outdoors, be sure to use a concrete sealant. Once it dries, you may paint or decorate your new pedestal in any way you like.


Things You Will Need

  • pedestal molds of your choice
  • ready-mixed concrete or dry concrete mix and water
  • a container or bucket (if you choose to mix the concrete yourself)
  • concrete sealant (if pedestals will be outdoors)
  • paint and paintbrushes

About the Author


Genae Valecia Hinesman, former banking executive, entrepreneur and fashion model, began writing professionally in 2002. She is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Southern California where she studied business, finance and exercise physiology. Her articles featured in Living Healthy: 360, Life 123, the American Chronicle and Yahoo Voices.