Tied Concrete Bag Planter

10 Materials
30 Minutes

Make a super unique concrete planter or vessel with those used coffee or pet food foil bags. Tie it with a thick rope - awesome!
tied concrete bag planter
Go find some used foil bag; the type from the coffee or other. It is stiffer than the chip bags. You will need:
  • Heavy Foil bag from things like coffee, dog food, cat food
  • Plastic container that fits well inside the foil bag above
  • Stones or something similar
  • RapidSet Cementall & Mixing container, water, mixing spoon,
  • Gloves & Dust Mask
  • Sisal or Jute RopePliers and
  • Sanding disc (as seen in my tips post)

Set it up the foil bag and mix up some of the Rapidset cementall and pour in. (full instructions here)
tied concrete bag planter
Set the inside container inside the bag forcing the concrete to move up the sides. To keep it from floating up again, weigh it down with something like rocks etc.
tied concrete bag planter
Squeeze the centre and tie it. Don't squeeze too tight, there should till be some concrete thickness at the tie line.
tied concrete bag planter
Once set, peel back the bag. Pull the centre container out as well.
tied concrete bag planter
To finish the edges use some emery cloth or make your own sanding discs of concrete (see my tips and tricks for concrete)
tied concrete bag planter
Tie off with a super thick rope. You can make your own by twisting some thinner rope together.
tied concrete bag planter
Is it not darling?! I love the texture and details that the foil makes. It is so easy and inexpensive. Each one will be unique. They can be used for plants or whatever.
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  • Kath.brassington
    on Oct 26, 2017

    Will the concrete need a lubricant of some kind to stop it sticking to the foil and the inside pot
    • MadeByBarb
      on Dec 29, 2017

      Once you start working with concrete it will become an addiction...
  • Newmonsdixie
    on Nov 24, 2017

    Can you paint it
    • MadeByBarb
      on Dec 29, 2017

      Sure! Depending on the exposure to the elements, I tend to like to use acrylic. Thinner layers always tend to stay put better, thick can peel. These are just dry-brushed a bit
  • Velda Vanhooser
    on Jan 10, 2018

    what about drainage?
    • Keisha
      on May 7, 2018

      You can buy rigid,clear plastic tubing at your local DIY store. Cut off a couple of inches and place it through the bottom. Once dry pull the tubing out and tada a drainage hole.

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