DIY Concrete Planters: Cute Pots Shaped Like Cupcakes

4 Materials
$5
60 Minutes
Easy

The beauty of DIY concrete planters is they can be made in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Here we show you how to make cute little cement pots cast in silicone cupcake cases. These gorgeous cupcake planters are perfect for using as succulent party favours (if you can bring yourself to give them away), or as a unique table centrepiece.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

What you need to make DIY concrete planters shaped like cupcakes

Quick set cement mix (Amazon)

Silicone Cupcake Cases (Amazon)

Cork Bungs

Nails

Although the terms cement and concrete tend to be used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates (sand and gravel) and paste (cement and water). For this project, I decided to use a quick set cement or mortar mix. I reasoned that the cupcake moulds are so small I needed a fine-grained blend to be able to pour it into them and pick up the detail of their fluted edge. If I were casting a large concrete planter using a ready mixed concrete would be cheaper and have the benefit of being stronger.

The size cork needed will depend on the size of the cupcake cases. The cases I used measure 50mm at their base and 70mm wide at the top. The cork bungs I used measure 43mm at their narrower end and 50mm at their widest end.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

How to make DIY concrete planters shaped like cupcakes.

Sit the silicone cupcake case over the smaller end of the cork bung and push the nail through the centre of both as shown in the photo.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

The nail should be pushed almost all the way through leaving just enough gap at the nail head end to form the base of the planter. Once the pin is in position, pull the case back flush with the nail head, and the cork will be suspended in place forming the mould.

To prevent the cupcake cases losing their shaped once I added the cement mix, I sat each of my moulds in ramekins to support them.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

I mixed the cement in an old glass jar that I could pour from and made it runny enough that it would flow smoothly. This mix starts to set in about 15 minutes, so I worked quickly and didn’t stop to take photos.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

Once the cement mix was poured into my cupcake planter moulds, I tapped each one on the table a few times to ensure it had spread evenly and removed any air pockets.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

I left the cement for 15 minutes to harden, then twisted each cork to prevent them from setting hard in the concrete. This makes it easier to remove them once the cement is fully set.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

After an hour, my DIY concrete planters had set hard, and I was able to remove them from their moulds. You can see that they look exactly like little cupcake cases and really are pretty even in their natural colour.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

Decorating our concrete cupcake planters

Concrete continues to cure and increase in strength over time. I left my little cupcake planters for 24 hours to cure before I painted them.

There are lots of different products that can be used to paint concrete planters. I sprayed mine with a white craft spray paint that is suitable for lots of different materials, including stone. Before using waterproof pens to pick out the fluted detail of the cupcake cases.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

Each of my DIY concrete planters has a hole in their centre made by the nail, which is perfect for drainage. The planting area is just right for a small succulent to fit in, and I think the foliage is the ideal shape to be the ‘icing’ on my cupcakes.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

My finished cupcake planters really are adorable. I am delighted with how they turned out, and the moulds are fine to be used again so it would be easy to make lots to use as succulent party favours.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

They would also look super cute displayed on a cake stand as an original table centrepiece.

diy concrete planters cute pots shaped like cupcakes

If this has whetted your appetite for cute ways to display succulents, check out some of our other succulent projects on our blog. We've got a succulent hedgehog made out of trash which is super easy to make. Other beautiful ways to display succulents in the garden include our Garden Art Made From Colourful Succulents or our pretty Succulent Christmas Tree.

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3 of 16 questions
  • Christie
    on Jun 19, 2019

    Are the corks reusable?

  • Jean
    on Jun 20, 2019

    WHat size are the cork bungs? I see some various ones on amazon and want to make sure I get the right ones ..thank you

    • Craft Invaders
      on Jun 20, 2019

      Hi Jean. The size cork needed will depend on the size of the cupcake cases. The cases I used measure 50mm at their base and 70mm wide at the top. The cork bungs I used measure 43mm at their narrower end and 50mm at their widest end. Hope that helps

  • Roxanne
    on Jun 23, 2019

    Hi, where do I get cork bungs?? I have never heard the word!?! Help please!

    Thanks, Roxanne

    • Craft Invaders
      on Jun 23, 2019

      They are just large corks that are used to seal a container Roxanne. You can get them on Amazon (Here's a link https://amzn.to/2J0qkGS ) and shops that sell brewing equipment as they are used to seal large jars and bottles. (I think you call them carboys in the US)

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  • Dureen Marie Amundson
    on Jun 20, 2019

    I love succulents and am always looking for little projects to do with my granddaughters. This will definitely be one that we can do.

  • Sarge
    on Jun 27, 2019

    These are so cute! These will work for citronella tea light candles on the patio! great idea.

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