Here’s a neat trick! Take a cheap plastic pot- you know, the ones that you take the new plant out of and throw anyway, and coat the inside with cement! It’s easier than making a whole cement planter.
This way you don’t have to look around for the perfect inner mold. You also don’t have to worry about demolding anything. It’s so easy!
Now you might be asking, why not just keep it as a plastic planter and not use cement?
Okay, fair question. Here are multiple reasons I wanted to do this.
- Durability and convenience are the biggest reasons. I don’t keep plants indoors until the dead of winter, so I need something that won’t blow over in the wind and not start cracking in the hot sun. I’ve had this problem many times before with plastic pots and they just really aren’t practical for outdoor use.
- Using a skim coat of cement allowed me to keep the smooth plastic sleeve on the exterior so I could easily apply a decoupage printed napkin to it and it should maintain its look. I’m a few months in and so far it looks the same as it did the day I first put it outside with a potted plant.
- The idea of keeping the plastic sleeve is to allow you to do a beautiful decoupage design on a cement planter that won’t peel off or turn brown. You see, the plastic sleeve is important because it protects the designer napkin print from getting icky.
- Once the soil gets wet, the minerals in the soil as well as moisture, would come through if this was a typical cement planter.
- There would be plenty of issues if you decoupaged the napkin right onto the cement. Even if you seal the cement first, it’s risky. This is a great way to keep the printed napkin intact.