Easy DIY Concrete Planter

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Each month, a group of blog friends and I get together to make a project around one common ingredient from Home Depot. This month's item we had to incorporate was concrete. I had never really worked with concrete before and it was a great learning experience.
I wanted to create something that was for concrete newbies like myself. I wanted it to be easy yet beautiful! Enter: DIY Concrete Planter. This planter is made from an old towel drenched in concrete and hung over a bucket to dry. Couldn't be easier!
Materials needed:
– 1/2 bag of QUIKRETE
– 1 mixing stick for concrete
– water, accordingly
– 2 5-gallon buckets
– 1 towel
The steps to this project are extremely basic, and I’ll tell you my errors in the process so that you don’t run into them yourself.
For this project you’ll want to wear rubber gloves: I hear concrete poisoning isn’t too pretty!
First, fill half of a 5-gallon bucket with concrete (you’ll want to mix it with enough water to make it a little soupier than normal, but not too runny).
Take an old towel (I used a raggedy tan towel I found in our linen closet), and take a second 5-gallon bucket and flip it upside down. Lay the towel over the bucket to test the length of the towel. You’ll want the ends to just be touching the ground, but you don’t want too much excess. If your towel is too long, cut some of the length off on either side. Keep measuring the towel on your bucket until you get the size you desire.
Put your towel into the concrete bucket. Keep mixing your towel around and cover every single centimeter of it in concrete. This is the most important step–my towel had a few spots not covered in concrete, and you ended up seeing those spots in the final product.
Once your entire towel is covered in the concrete slush, drape it over the upside down and bucket. Move it around and make sure the sides are even and laid out how you want them to look.
If you see any bare spots, now is the time to take some concrete and patch those spots.
Let the planter dry for 24-48 hours. Once completely dry, remove the bucket from the concrete towel. Flip the planter right-side up. Fill with soil and a plant. Display proudly!
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 50 questions
  • Barb
    on Jan 11, 2019

    How do you keep the concrete from sticking to the bucket? I see plastic, but it does not look like it covers the bucket.


  • Sophia Partyka Gawron
    on Feb 13, 2019

    Will water leak through? You can’t really use this pot indoors can you?

    • Streetcar29
      on Jan 8, 2020

      even better keep the plant in a plastic pot and put a saucer under it inside the planter. The saucer could even be a piece of plastic that conforms to the inside space.

  • Glenda
    on Mar 4, 2019

    Can drainage holes be done?

    • Rosemary Jane Russell
      on Sep 1, 2019

      I believe if a hole is cut after you adjusted the towel and before you put it in the concrete should work.

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  • Lynn
    on Feb 15, 2019

    Love this! I made something similar about 25 years ago and it's still around too!

    I used mod podge instead along with material from the remnant bin. Instead of draping it over the bottom I scrunched it up around the whole thing, also doing it while it's upside down. They've made great gifts over the years with small plants that i'd grown from clippings. Thanks for sharing your version! 😊

  • Marilyn
    on Dec 14, 2019


    Can color stain and marbles be added to decorate the pot.

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