Create & Decorate With Cement Containers

5 Materials
$20
3 Days
Medium

I wanted to play with cement. This is my first attempt of concrete creating.

Make sure you get a bag of the finest cement. I found this bag of cement at Home Depot. I used Portland 1-11.

I picked these containers up awhile ago at Dollar General. I recommend squares or circles in multiple sizes. Plastic worked perfectly in this project. You will need two pieces per bowl. One for the outside and one to make an insert for the inside. In my case I will be using six of them.

You need to have vegetable oil and paper towels. I put a thin layer in all six of the insides of the containers that I will be using.

Then I put a thin layer of oil on the outsides. Try not to miss an area. This will make for a smooth release.

Now, grab your 5 gallon bucket and mix concrete with water according to the cement directions. I did a third of the bucket with cement and added water and used a thick wood painter stirrer. I would recommend for the next one to use an eclectic drill with paint stirrer attachment.

it takes muscle my way.

Also, I want to note to place something on the ground like a drop cloth, Bisquine, or old tablecloth. Dollartree has plastic ones that can be thrown out after.

Time to put the cement into the bowl. I used a plastic cup and scooped it out. I filled it up about half way up.

I took one of the smaller containers and set it in the center.

I wanted to make sure it set perfectly but not all the way to the bottom. I used rocks to hold it in place. Continued to do this with the other pieces.

Here they are all ready for the drying time. I left them out to dry overnight.

The next morning I removed the bowls from each of them. You can see that they are half dried so need to set out for another day.

I ended up letting them dry completely for a total of 3 days. You may need longer depending on your climate where you live.

They can be decorated with just about anything.

I hope you enjoyed my take on cement bowls. If I missed anything please just ask.

IG Dreamoakdecor

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2 questions
  • Judy
    Judy
    on Apr 13, 2021

    Could different colors of paint in the cement mix to get different colors?

    • Tammy Schram/Dreamoakdecor
      Tammy Schram/Dreamoakdecor
      on Apr 14, 2021

      You definitely can add latex paint to cement. Just be careful to limit the amount of paint. I would mix the paint in the water you add to the cement.

  • Virginia
    Virginia
    on Apr 14, 2021

    Can you keep/use these cement bowls outside in the weather? Or would rain/snow ruin them?

    • Virginia
      Virginia
      on Apr 15, 2021

      Sounds good thank you. In Canada we'd be dealing with rain, and of course the snow for half the year. I'll definitely seal them.

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