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DIY Concrete Planters

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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.

To see more: http://www.20state.com/diy-concrete-planters-so-cheap-so-easy/

Got a question about this project?

  • Denise Gentry A
    Denise Gentry A Munford, AL

    I hope someone sees and answers me, as this is an old topic. What is the ratio of concrete/sphagnum/perlite?

    • Douglas Hunt
      Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL

      @Denise Gentry A I think you're looking for a hypertufa ratio. Do a search for that using the box at the top of the page and you will find lots of projects. I'll bet one has a full recipe.

  • Mssmatch
    Mssmatch Florence, KY

    Basic recipe: 1 1/2 perlite, 1 1/2pt peat, 1pt Portland cement. Or 1 1/2 pt vermiculite, 1 1/2 peat and 1 pt Portland cement- this makes a heavier weight. For even stronger finish use 1 part peat, 1 pt sand, 1 pt perlite, 1 pt Portland cement and

  • Alice Van Doran
    Alice Van Doran Round Rock, TX

    How could we add some color to the concrete?

    • Karen hayes
      Karen hayes Powhatan, VA

      @Alice Van Doran I've found it at Home Depot & Lowes, usually near the bags of concrete & the concrete finishing supplies. It's a powdered colorant.

  • Cheryl Tarkington
    Cheryl Tarkington Stone Mountain, GA

    These are really nice. Thanks for the ideas.

    • Bonnie LeBlanc
      Bonnie LeBlanc Kenner, LA

      @Cheryl Tarkington See below. I forgot to hit the reply button prior to submitting it. Sorry.

  • Bonnie LeBlanc
    Bonnie LeBlanc Kenner, LA

    I found liquid cement color at Home Depot, but I haven't used it yet. Charcoal, terra cotta and red were all that were available so I don't know how many colors they have, but Quikrite probably lists them because they certainly promote it on their

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