How to Make Concrete Looking Pots

by Danielle
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Do you love the look of concrete pots, but don’t love the price? They are so easy to make and you probably already have what you need to make them around the house! Just follow these easy steps on How to Make Concrete Looking Pots!

1) Gather old pots and some inspo pictures

You probably already have a stash of unused pots and vases. If not, thrift for some! The color or material of your container doesn’t matter, as long as you like the size and shape of it. It can be glass, plastic, or ceramic. While you’re out thrifting, grab a lamp to make look like concrete as well! Keep some inspo pictures handy as you go through each step to achieve the look you want.

2) Paint your background color

This is the color that will just peak through any cracks or areas that aren’t spackled. You will probably want black or dark gray. Look very carefully at your inspo piece and see if there is an underlying tone or color peaking through. I spray painted these two containers black. One is a pot from IKEA, and the other is a vase from Dollar Tree. My spray paint splattered and dotted all over, and at first I was mad about it, but actually it just added to the texture and effect I was going for!

3) Cover in spackle

For this container, I liked the color it came in, so I didn't spray paint it. This pretty messy, so you will want to do it outdoors or on a protected surface. Spackle does wash off easily if you get it right away. DO NOT be afraid of this step. There is really no right or wrong process. It’s all about being creative and obtaining the look and texture that you want. I found it very satisfying and addicting, much like if I was a sculptor, but without all of the mess and hard work! You can spread it with your fingers, or use a plastic knife. I’ve done both. You can cover the whole container with spackle, or just in random spots. Again, there is no right or wrong, and if you don’t like the way it is looking, let it dry and sand it off. Letting the spackle dry completely before going to the next step is KEY. You will have to sand and start over if you don’t let it completely dry. I put my objects in the sun to “bake”, and it only takes a couple of hours to completely dry. Otherwise, you will probably want to give it a full 24 hours

4) Sand

Once your object is completely dry, you can sand off some of the excess if you’d like. You want to achieve the texture of your inspo piece, or the texture that you like. You can always add more spackle, and sand it off. Again, it’s all to your personal taste, and you just about cannot ruin this!

5) Paint

I looked at my inspo pieces and kind of isolated three colors from them. I mixed the craft paint to match as best I could. I used a scrunched up paper towel, but you can use a rag or seafoam sponge. I began dabbing on paint randomly all over the container. When that dried, I dabbed a scrunched paper towel in the remaining mixed paint, and then dabbed into the white and dabbed it randomly all over the container. After this step was completely dry, my final step was to dab the container randomly with just white, covering over any blank or dark spots.

This was the final result of this three step process. Again, you just about can’t ruin it! It’s all about your personal liking! And whatever is done can be painted over or sanded off and re-done! Warning-these are addicting! Once you start making them, it's hard to stop!

I will warn you-it's addictive! I'm having a hard time stopping! I really want to try to do a lamp next! I hope you will try making your own using my How to Make Concrete Looking Pots! If you do, please take a picture of it and tag or direct message me @faith.farmhouse on Instagram, or comment below!  

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