Dollar Tree Pear Makeover
I have been wanting to try these cement pears for quit some time now. A while back I found these pears at my local Dollar Tree and snagged up a bunch of them. This project was a little more detailed than most of the projects I do, but it was still really fun! Let me show you how to make some cement pears of your own:
- Pears ( I found mine at the Dollar Tree)
- Rusty wire (If you don’t have any you will have to get creative. Maybe a piece of twine?)
- Quick drying underlayment (This is what I prefer to use)
- old cookie sheet
- wax paper
- White chalk paint
- paint brush
Step 1: Prep time. Line an old cookie sheet with some wax paper. Next, take all the original stems out of the pears, they should pull right out. Cut a piece of rusty wire and insert it in to the top of the pear for a new, rustic looking stem.
Step 2: Mix cement. Pour some cement (about a cup) into an old bowl. Slowly add water and mix. Make sure to only add a little bit of water at a time and mix in-between. After your first mix with water you should start to get the feel for it. You want the cement to be the consistency of a slushie. If you get the cement too runny just add a little more cement.
Step 3: Once your cement is dry you can begin to put it on the pear. The pear has a very shiny surface and the cement did slide off some while doing this. I’m wondering if it will be easier to scuff the pear up with some sandpaper before doing this step. If you try scuffing first, let me know how it turned out! Also, if your pear is sitting in a big glob of cement it is important to gently move it when the cement begins to set. If you don’t it will dry on to the bottom and won’t look the way you want it to.
I found the easiest way to do this is to take a spoon and put a glob of it on the top, by the stem, and let it run down the pear. Keep doing this until the tops and sides of the pear are completely covered. Allow the cement to dry for a few hours.
Next, mix up another small batch of cement. Lay the pear on its side and spoon the cement mixture on the bottom where it is bare. This can be a little tricky but it’s doable.
(In the picture you’ll notice I tried dipping them first, it didn’t work so well this way.I recommend doing it the way I explain above.)
Step 4: You can leave them as is or you can do what I did and paint them. I wanted the cement to come through so I did a dry brush on them. That basically means you dip your paint brush in paint, brush a good bit off and then start painting. It really helps to give the pears that farmhouse look.
If you decide to make this DIY I’d love to hear from ya! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube