Make Your Own Concrete Planters From Recycling!

$20
2 Hours
Easy

Wait! Don't throw away or recycle that plastic...you can make gorgeous modern planters for your garden using them as molds!
First things first, collect those plastic containers in different shapes and sizes. Oil the well with cooking oil...to make sure the concrete doesn't stick.
Mix concrete as per the instructions on the bag. Then fill containers.
Use more containers to make the holes in them for the plants (don't forget to oil the outside of those containers though!)
Voila! Cool modern planters. You can use a concrete drill bit to drill a hole in the bottom for drainage.
Add plants and enjoy.
You can see more photos of each of the steps here: http://gardentherapy.ca/how-to-make-concrete-planters/

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  • Verna Cote Chaney
    on Apr 30, 2016

    Anybody know of a way to dye the concrete?? I'm thinking red, white & blue (individually) would be awesome. Or orange and use a plastic pumpkin for the mold for Mums in the fall!

    • Jon32298088
      on Apr 26, 2018

      Craft paint,spray paint,Dye from HD/Lowe's,Concrete paint, or stain,Dye from online stores a little more pricey than HD/Lowe's but the color choices are amazing. I have been impressed with craft paint from WM. I used two different metallic colors on concrete and after 17 years it still hasn't faded.I think they are only $1-2 bucks for those little craft bottles. Hope this helps. Have Fun!

  • April
    on Apr 30, 2016

    Could a drinking straw be inserted at bottom before the concrete sets to create the drainage hole? Makes more sense than trying to drill one.

    • Dianna
      on Dec 5, 2018

      Be careful with a straw. The force of the cement expanding as it dries, could cause it to collapse. You could use, thicker tubing, like those used in aquariums. Be sure to spray the outside of the hose and leave it a little on the bottom. After the cement dries, then you can cut it off. Good luck!

  • DORLIS
    on Sep 8, 2016

    What are the names of the 2 plants shown? Especially the flowering one.

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