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DIY Concrete Planters

I'm not a trend snob, but...I love stalking things that pop up everywhere and deciding if they suite my style or budget. Could I live with a faux elks head staring at me for 5 years, would a fiddle leaf fig make me smile for 2 weeks before I killed it, could I ignore how rough kilim cushions are on my delicate facial skin? You know, all the big stuff.
When I kept spotting concrete pots and planters I mentally grilled the trend. After 10 minutes of rigorous questioning, I jumped on the chance to make my own.
I'm not particularly crafty or DIY minded but these cement planters are super easy.

A quick DIY breakdown:
-I spent $20 on pre-mixed dry concrete and found the rest of the supplies at home
-gloves, bucket, mixing spoon, mixed sizes of recycled flexible containers, spray cooking oil
-mix the dry concrete with water to form a cake like consistency, should drop from the spoon, not slop. If it's too wet add more dry concrete
-lightly spray two flexible containers, one larger to form the outer base and one to form your inner 'holder'
-spoon concrete into the larger container and tap on a flat surface until bubbles appear then insert the smaller container
-allow to dry. the dryer the climate the quicker it will dry
-remove the inner container (you may need to cut or crush it), remove the outer container
-DO NOT allow wet concrete to touch your skin. It could chemically burn and dry out your skin like nobody's business.

I added succulents to my planters so didn't add drain holes because I knew I would just lightly mist them every few days.

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  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Oct 31, 2013

    Great job. I love the round hole in a square (or rectangular) planter.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Oct 31, 2013

    Wonderful job! I love how it turned out.

  • Bonnie Lewenza
    Bonnie Lewenza Canada
    on Oct 31, 2013

    Very good job and much better then paying the price for planters. Thanks

  • Denise S.
    Denise S. Temecula, CA
    on Nov 1, 2013

    Very cool stuff... I've been collecting bowls and Styrofoam containers for this exact project. I figure what can go wrong.. its just planters. I also have a round glass light globe that I will be filling to make a round concrete sphere... I hope I get it right.. and yes Mom.. I will wear my gloves for this project! Hee-hee.. BTW what is the solid looking ball with the metal part? Is this a lamp you poured too?

  • Denise S.
    Denise S. Temecula, CA
    on Nov 1, 2013

    Sarah.. Did you only use concrete? You didn't use the per lite/ sphagnum mix?

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