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DIY Faux Concrete Planters

You know when the thrift store deities deliver exactly what you need? Well that happened to me when I found these little plywood planters for $6 each a couple of weeks ago. I've wanted something to flank our front door and these fit the bill.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
However, recently - I've been lusting after concrete planters. I just don't have the budget to splurge. So I decided to make these little wooden guys LOOK like concrete!
First step was a dry brush coat with white, followed by grey with a cup of water, a damp rag and a smaller craft brush. Painting these little bricks was not fun, guys. Holy moly.
The next step is a bit messy, so use a drop cloth! I propped my planters upside down on my work bench and spritzed them with a bit of water. Then I sprinkled them with Plaster of Paris and 'smooshed' it onto the 'bricks' and into the cracks with my fingers. I tried to keep the mess to a minimum - but using your hands at this point will just be best. It's all washable! :)
Let the plaster dry overnight and then spray seal them. I put them outside yesterday and OF COURSE we had a rain storm! They held up perfectly! For more detailed instructions and close up photos, head on over to our blog :) Thanks for reading!

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Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Oct 28, 2015

    This is too cool! I love that you get the look without the mess and pain of actually molding concrete!

    • DIY Passion
      DIY Passion Canada
      on Oct 28, 2015

      @Hannah V Thanks Hannah! The plaster was a bit messy, - but I guess you're right - compared to concrete, not too bad :)

  • Sheri Richards Fisher
    Sheri Richards Fisher Delta, CO
    on Oct 29, 2015

    I think I'll try this with extra large plastic planters! Concrete decor is so expensive. :(

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Nov 1, 2015

    Stunning. I love it.

  • MamaSita
    MamaSita New Port Richey, FL
    on Nov 1, 2015

    If anyone loves the look of concrete but not the weight, look up Hypertufa's...

  • Susan
    Susan Hurst, TX
    on Nov 1, 2015

    What about the legs they are of wood and over time will rot before your plaster of paris gives out

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