Make your own memorial monument, to either mark a pet grave or another significant site, with an uncomplicated process that uses Portland cement. Portland cement, which creates a smooth surface, can be found in hardware stores. The same process used for making the monument can also be used for creating your own paving stones for a walkway or patio. Portland cement can be enhanced with decorative stones or shells that are placed in the cement while it is wet.
Dump Portland cement and sand in a wheelbarrow. Put on rubber gloves and mix the sand and cement together thoroughly with your hands.
Add water, one cup at a time, and mix with your hands until the mixture's texture is that of oatmeal.
Fill a shoebox with the cement mixture, using a trowel. Smooth the top of the cement flat with the trowel and your hands.
Write the name of the pet or a monument message in the wet cement using a wooden skewer.
Let the cement dry for 24 hours. Rip off the shoebox to reveal the completed monument.
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