How to Cast Your Own Pedestal for Outdoor Art

So you have a lovely new garden bench that needs a good base to set on? A birdbath that must be level? A nice statue that keeps tipping over? You can make your own concrete bases for those special garden features.


  1. 1
    Determine what the "frost line" is in your area of the country. This is the depth to which the ground in your area will freeze in the winter.
  2. 2
    Dig a hole the size of your desired base to 6 inches (15.2 cm) below the frost line.
  3. 3
    Calculate the cubic yardage of cement needed to fill the hole. If the hole is over 3 feet (0.9 m) deep, get advice from a construction professional and ignore the rest of this article.If the hole is less than 3 feet (0.9 m) deep, Place a few inches of gravel in the bottom and tamp it down.
  4. 4
    Mix your cement according to directions on the bag(s).
  5. 5
    Pour the cement into the hole and level the surface, checking it with a level from time to time as you tamp the cement down. Let the cement cure for a minimum of 24 hours.
  6. 6
    Position your garden feature and enjoy!


  • Some deep holes and/or areas larger than a few cubic yards may need re-bar reinforcement or special footings. Consult a local construction contractor for requirements in your area.


  • Do not get cement on your skin if you can help it. It will dry the skin and can cause chemical burns when curing.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Cement
  • Level
  • Gravel
  • Possibly some Re-bar
  • A Construction Contractor to go to for advice if attempting to create a large base.

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Categories: Landscaping and Outdoor Building