DIY Concrete Head Planters For Your Garden

Lily Ardor
by Lily Ardor
7 Materials
2 Hours

Hi everyone. Today I want to share how I made these concrete planters. I promise they are a lot easier to make than they look.

The instructions for this DIY are pretty straight forward. I used a Styrofoam head as my base and applied a layer of concrete on top. The trick to getting this DIY done with fine detail is all in the concrete mix. I used a concrete called shapcrete and I gotta say this stuff is amazing. It melts like butter under your finger tips. It's doesn't feel like clay but this concrete mix somehow sticks together in a way that makes it so easy to work with. If you're wondering whether a regular concrete mix would work for this unfortunately I haven't tried it and wouldn't know for sure. I do think that shapecrete played a huge part in the fine details.

I cut out a hole in the center of her head for the plant.

Here's a close up on the concrete mix once it mixed.

Than I applied a layer of concrete onto the styrofoam head.

I picked up a few tricks along the way the really helped me makes her facial features stand out. ( I talk more on the blog about this - )

Here's how she looked complete. I let her set for and planted some succulents. ( note: I heard concrete needs to set for 28 days in order for it not to harm your plants. )

I also made a mail planter using the same method.

That's it!

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  • Erin Erin on Jan 14, 2023

    Doesn’t cement eat styrofoam?

  • Tessa Tessa on Jan 14, 2023

    What kind of cement did you use? Amazon doesn't have what's linked at the end of the post. Thank you!

  • Deb55097247 Deb55097247 on Jun 09, 2023

    Excellent!! I would like to try this but don't know that it would turn out as well as yours. I can see that the special cement you used would make all the difference. I have 4 different heads for inside the house like this but yours are perfect for in the flower beds. Great work!! Thank you!!

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  • Jeanne Jeanne on Jan 14, 2023

    These came out beautifully! Thank you for sharing! I have a few Styrofoam heads and this is the perfect project for them!

  • Susan Monroe Susan Monroe on Jan 14, 2023

    You’re a good artist, I’d hate to see what mine would look like. Beautiful job!