Make a DIY fluted concrete planter. This unique planter is inspired by the CB2 lineal planter.
Use straws to make this gorgeous fluted concrete planter. You guys, I have had this planter idea bouncing around in my head for at least a year and a half!
I had seen planters like the one from CB2 before and was dying to have my own.
My challenge for the engineering for this is that I had pictured one that was larger and that meant the fluting would probably look better if the flutes were wider to stay in proportion.
Now a large one can be done by using PVC pipe, but that’s been done before and I wanted it to be original. (Though I probably will give in one day and make a big one from PVC).
Once I decided on making a smaller scale planter, the material for the fluted mold was easy! The jumbo straws I used were perfect for this concrete planter.
I was even surprised at how well the mold held up just by using hot glue. This ended up being so easy, it was a one-shot deal. I nailed it the first time! Oh, happy days!!!
And not to toot my own horn, but don’t you think it turned out great?
Materials Note: The colorant is optional. I used it because I wanted the planter to be grey instead of off-white.
But I also wanted it to cure quickly so I used the Cement-All which is off-white.
For the mold, you don’t need to use cardboard tubes, but you will need something like those that won’t taper.
If there’s any taper to the mold then the straws will flair and won’t be able to retain the cement once it’s cast.