Old Cloth and Concrete Wash = Flower Pots

Concrete Wash
This is the web site for further instructions. Sorry I can't add more but not use to this web site. I haven't made one yet so I can't fill in any of the cost.

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17 questions
  • Nan3032004
    on Nov 19, 2015

    Besides portland cement do you add peat or anything for textures?

  • Kat3691711
    on Jan 3, 2016

    πως μπορω να το φτιαξω?

  • Rafael Aiello
    on Jan 5, 2016

    Cómo hacer contener con telas y. Concreto?

  • Ellen
    on Feb 22, 2016

    Did you seal the containers? If so, what did you use. Love the idea and will share with my garden club Thanks Ellen

  • Hus4912094
    on Apr 16, 2016

    I was wondering does this hold up outside in the elements

  • Jean Gemar
    on Apr 18, 2016

    I made 3 pots out of masonry mix, peat moss, perlite and a hardener soaked towels in this mix and my pots didn't get hard either. Can I go over them with something to harden them? Any help would be appreciated!

    • Guy8471224
      on Sep 1, 2016

      Yes you can go over them again. I have made about twenty of these pots from the size of a tall bar stool to a 8" pot. I went over about five of them and it worked great. Good Luck!!

  • Carla Eichman Schalk
    on Apr 21, 2016

    I also tried this and mine would not stiffen either. What is the secret? I used a very light fabric.

    • Barbie
      on May 9, 2016

      I used concrete. Horrible mess, had to sit away the stones. But, I let it hang for a week or so, and it did get very nice and stiff. I just took it off the stand, and have no picture yet, but just let it hang for a while. It was sunny and hot when I made it. During the time before I took it off the stand, it was a lot of rain coming down. But, it is good! I used bath towel!

    • Linda Shockley
      on Mar 4, 2017

      I find the cloth you are going to usehas to be 100%cotton.

  • Lilas
    on May 17, 2016

    Hello please help me understand the technique for the skin flowers with towels what should I do thank you and goodbye (tranlated from French):Bonjour svp aidez moi à comprendre la technique pour les peaux de fleurs avec des serviettes que dois je faire merci et à bientôt

    • Tim
      on May 17, 2016

      Hi, There are several recipes that you can use to make these vases. I'll tell you what I have to try myself. You must mix the dry ingredients first so ..... 4 Portland cement shares, 1 share of sphagne (peat moss) and 1 part perlite mix .... When you make sure that there are no large pieces .... Add a little bit of water to have a mixture of consistency as cottage cheese. Then wet your towel with water and twist to remove the water. Dip your towel in the cement mixture jusqua what this is all soaked cement. Now deposit the towel on your form (a pot to dun coated plastic bag) raised so that the towel does not touch the ground. Cover of a plastic bag for two days ... two days after removing the form and still cover of a plastic bag for another 24 hours. Now your vase should be ready to paint or such. I hope that I explain. Good project. (translated from French):Bonjour, Il y a plusieurs recettes que vous pouvez utiliser pour faire ces vases. Je vais vous dire ce que j ai essayer moi-meme. Vous devez melanger les ingredients secs en premier.....donc 4 parts de ciment Portland, 1 part de sphagne (peat moss) et 1 part de perlite.... Quand vous melanger assurez-vous quil ny a pas de gros morceaux....Ajouter peu a peu de l eau pour avoir un melange de consistence comme du fromage cottage. Ensuite mouiller votre serviette avec de l eau et tordre pour extraire l eau. Tremper votre serviette dans le melange de ciment jusqua ce quelle soit toute imbiber de ciment. Maintenant deposer la serviette sur votre forme (un pot en envers recouvert dun sac de plastique) sureleve pour que la serviette ne touche pas par terre. Couvrir dun sac en plastique pour 2 jours... apres 2 jours retirer la forme et le recouvrir encore dun sac en plastique pour un autre 24 heures. Maintenant votre vase devrait etre pret a peinturer ou tel quel. Jespere que je me suis bien expliquer. Bon projet.

    • Lilas
      on May 17, 2016

      Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse je vais le faire et je vous envoie des images mille merci

    • Margaret Lane
      on May 29, 2016

      I made some of these pots mine. Did not get stiff even have used to type. Of cement

    • Carole
      on Aug 5, 2016

      Ask the people at Home Depot or Lowes for the SMOOTH cement mix. It makes all the difference in the world. Don't leave your project in the sun & leave the plastic on for at least a couple of days. Heavy burlap from a fabric store works very well & hangs nicely. Make sure after wringing out the water from the fabric that you really saturate the fabric with the cement mix. Don't make the mix too thin, it won't last or it will crack very easily. Put plastic over the item(s) that your covering with the fabric. I leave the plastic inside the form when I take it off & fill the bottom with styrofoam for the drainage. You can also drill a 1" hole in the bottom of the pot carefully.

  • Patricia
    on Dec 18, 2016

    Where are the instructions?

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Dec 20, 2016

      You just water down concrete, using about double the water that the ingredients call for on the package then mix the cloth in very and lay over a bucket to dry.

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Dec 20, 2016

      I made mini lace handkerchiefs into planter with them

    • Patricia
      on Dec 21, 2016

      Thanks Shawna, but does it matter if we use concrete or cement?

    • Toni Derooy
      on Jan 28, 2017

      Hi l tried this and found it didn't harden so l played with the recipe - this is what worked for me 1 part sand 1 part peat 4 parts cement - not the quick /rapid set stuff just plain old cement here are some l made 3 days ago l leave them upside down till they are set and then because l like the look l paint them and then plant them up l use old towels and sacking for my fabric

      , Upside down drying l spray the planter with water after about 3 hrs x to help prevent cracking, Planter in front l have painted blue l will pot it up with a orange pansy or similar flower
    • Patricia
      on Jan 29, 2017

      Hi Toni...I'll give it a go this summer, hopefully, I'm in an apartment building. They truly look great, thank you for your input.

    • Charlotte
      on Mar 12, 2017

      Concrete is after the cement is mixed and set.

    • Jypsyy
      on Apr 19, 2017

      She gives a website that has the directions and recipe go take a look....
  • Julie
    on May 10, 2017

    How do you keep the cloth from sticking to the bucket?
  • Alta Bezuidenhout
    on Oct 11, 2017

    What do I need for this project please
    Thank you
    • GrandmaHoney
      on May 21, 2018

      Portland cement sand peat moss. Mix into a slurry texture. Dip material (don’t wring it out) and drape over pot. Make narrow tower for draping that is taller than the towel you are using.

  • Has31405487
    on Jan 25, 2018

    What is the concrete mix that you used
  • Santie
    on Nov 12, 2018

    What do I need for this project. What type of concrete mix do I use

    I am Santie my email adres is admin1@mooiwes.co.za

  • Tom Mcknight
    on Nov 12, 2018

    why Portland cement

  • June
    on Dec 5, 2018

    Would Quick Dry cement do? Or is that the one that you used? Normally not so lumpy just open bag add water and go with it. Oh can you put a dye in it ?

  • Estelle
    on Jan 22, 2019

    Can i use quick dry cement and add colouring or paint it

  • Vickie Collier Newell
    on Apr 26, 2020

    I tried this and my results weren’t good. The cement flaked off of the fabric and they didn’t hold their shape. My mix: 2 parts Portland, 3 part sand, 2 parts water to get the consistency. Help please!

    • Cheryl Turner Zammit
      on May 15, 2020

      My understanding is all ingredients need to be the same = equal measurement. I would also omit the sand and substitute with vermiculite.

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  • Terri Kelley Davis
    on Mar 3, 2019

    Instead of towels I have used a sheet that I have cut into squares of different sizes. It looks great, I do need to sand the bottom to insure it maintains balance.

    • Vickie Collier Newell
      on Apr 26, 2020

      What was your mix? Mine didn’t hold its shape and the cement flaked off of the fabric. An old sheet was what I used.

  • PAM
    on Oct 30, 2019

    Cannot wait to try this. I have an old "Drop Cloth" that I am going to try this project on. It is a little heavier than a sheet and seems like it may hold up better. Will let you know the results!!!

    • Patricia
      on Nov 6, 2019

      Hi Pam, have you tried the old drop cloth, I have not tried any of the cement project as of yet, sure would like too one of these days, I live in an apartment. All the best to you.

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