Cinder Blocks Turned Flower Pots!

3 Materials
$10
45 Minutes
Easy
Turn an old cinder block into an attractive outdoor planter with some colorful stenciling! I absolutely love upcycling projects - check out my top 10 thrift store makeovers!
I found cinder blocks for just 75 cents a piece at my local Habitat for Humanity Store. I used a cool plaid stencil to give them a makeover. I also tried floral stencils and leaf stencils - any will work great!
Because cinder blocks have a hole in the bottom, you'll need to place a smaller container with the flowers and soil inside of it. If you have a solution to creating a "bottom" for the cinder block so you can plant directly in it, I would love to hear it!
Supplies: I used a cinder block, Martha Stewart multi-surface acrylic craft paint (which is UV and weather-resistant), painters tape, and a foam brush.
Step 1: Tape the stencil in place and add paint with the foam brush. Be careful to hold down the stencil so that the paint doesn't seep underneath it and the design comes out cleanly!
Step 2: Pot your flowers or add a vase of cuttings inside and enjoy! These will keep even longer on a covered patio, protected from rain. Check out how I used mine as decor for an outdoor party with neighbors! http://www.designimprovised.com/2013/10/housewarming-party-ideas.html

Suggested materials:

  • Cinder block   (home improvement store)
  • Martha stewart multi-surface craft paint   (Michaels)
  • Stencil   (Stencil1)

Design Improvised | Haeley Giambalvo
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Vickie Vickie on Mar 10, 2018

    Are you talking about the block with hole clear through or with hole only on one side not clear through? And when you place the container your plants in does it go in the hole to where it looks as if it's growing out from it?

  • Vickie Vickie on Mar 10, 2018

    Are you talking about the block with hole clear through or with hole only on one side not clear through? And when you place the container your plants in does it go in the hole to where it looks as if it's growing out from it?

  • Sheryle Sheryle on Jul 05, 2018

    how do you get the wood out of the middle or do you use 5 peace’s and nail them together

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