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How-To For A Fun Garden Art Project


Be a garden artist and paint your own fun and colorful garden art!


  • Cement block, single hole, 7 1/2″ square (McCoy’s)
  • Drylock Masonry Waterproofer – color white (McCoy’s)
  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint, 2 oz. size, your favorite colors (Hobby Lobby)
  • Inexpensive nylon paint brushes various widths (Hobby Lobby)
  • Water in a container to clean brushes
  • Krylon Matte Finish Clear Spray (Hobby Lobby)

blocks-2How To:

  • Very thoroughly mix water proofer. Apply two coats over the entire block. Allow to dry between coats.
  • Draw your design onto block with a pencil and fill in with paint or go freehand.
  • Spray two coats of Krylon spray over entire block. Allow to dry between coats.

Fun options for your blocks:

  • Plant herbs or small flowering plants in the hole
  • Use singly or stack for plant stands
  • Stack for garden bench legs or table base or birdbath stand

Please share your own garden art block creations on our Facebook page!


Reader Interactions


  1. james says

    Deborah, I checked with McCoys, they gave me the phone# of their cinderblock supplier, out of Houston, and I called him. He said they do not use fly ash in their product unless the architect on a large project specs it in the job, and they get the contract to custom build that block. Addition of small proportions of fly ash can boost the water resistance and even ultimate strength of concrete, so in some applications, fly ash improves concrete performance.

  2. james says

    Deborah, an interesting aside, the head buyer for concrete products for the whole McCoys Lumber chain, with stores throughout Texas and the 4 adjacent states, worked right here at Gill Landscape Nursery back in the ’80s. It was his first job out of high school, and the local McCoys hired him away from us. I guess we started him out right, they have kept him and promoted him for 30 some odd years. When I called the home office and was transferred to the Head of Purchasing for concrete products, he said “Hey James, this is Greg Gomez, remember me?” And I did, he was a great employee with lots of promise. Which got me to wondering, how far has the diaspora of former Gill’s employees spread over the world? And are they all doing well, or did we produce any axe murderers?

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