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These cute concrete planters are an adorable addition to any home or garden! The molds are made of recyclable materials and concrete mix is very inexpensive to buy. You can switch up the plants in these planters to give these little guys a fresh new 'do.

 
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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To make the mold, you will need:

  • Plastic pop bottle
  • Marker
  • Scissors and utility knife
  • Tape
  • Drinking straw
  • Cooking spray or petroleum jelly (as a mold release)

To mix and cast concrete, you will need:

  • Concrete mix
  • Safety gear: gloves, mask, safety glasses
  • Container for mixing
  • Water
  • Something to mix with (eg. garden trowel)

To add the finishing touches, you will need:

  • Concrete paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Coconut fiber or potting soil
  • Plants

Step 2: Cut Pieces For Your Mold

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You will want to use the upper portion of the plastic pop bottle. Mark where you want your cutting lines to be on your bottle. (Tip for drawing perfectly straight lines: Use a metal clip to hold on to your marker and stick the clip to a magnet on your refrigerator. Then place your bottle so that it is touching the fridge and position the marker so that it is in contact with the bottle. Rotate the bottle all the way around so that you have drawn a line all the way around the bottle.)

To cut the bottle, I first used a utility knife to make a puncture and then I continued with scissors. Once the dome part is cut out, you can work on the inner cavity. You will need to cut a strip from the bottle that is about a half an inch shallower than the dome part

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alyssa.hays made it!1 month ago
These made amazing teacher appreciation gifts. Though I was a bit late with them since curing the concrete took awhile. Now I want an army of the for my garden. Thanks so much for the Instructable
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They look great, how long do you cure it for?

I let them sit in the forms for 2 days, trying to keep them somewhat moist. Then I took them out and put them in a water bath for another 3 days before sanding, painting and sealing with a clear coat. This might be a bit over the top, but the crumbling and cracks is what happens when something dries too quickly. I used quikrete but I didn't precisely follow the mixing directions as it was too dry to fill the forms properly. Next time, I think I'll wait one day before I remove the forms (spraying them with water that day) and then 3 in the water bath.

AleksandraW1 month ago
Hi, I tried making planters and a week or 2 later they all developed slight cracks in them, do you think maybe because I sealed the pot 3 days after and should I wait 2 weeks?
TrueGeek68 made it!4 months ago
Great instructions! Mine came out great. Everyone at work love them and so do I.
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smori (author)  TrueGeek681 month ago

They look amazing!

Akin Yildiz made it!4 months ago

mine looks a bit different.. i am in the process of making a custom smart plant pot. your instructions were very helpful. making a mold is fun and very challenging :)

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Ponkool4 made it!6 months ago

Great Instructable! I'm really glad I found it. I made two this past summer, one for each of my sisters. They both love it! It was tough to find a suitable plant, but I went with a small ornamental one from Lowes. I actually forgot to grease the mold when I poured the concrete, but it still removed really easily.

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smori (author)  Ponkool45 months ago

Awesome!

Hariskal7 months ago

The things someone can do with concrete are amazing. I recently tried something like this and uloaded an instructable. I went for a bigger planter though.

ANDRE LUISR9 months ago

Very Good!

domenic310 months ago

cute :)

:D sooooo cute!!
poofrabbit11 months ago

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Concrete and
casting contest! Best of luck to you!

csegura211 months ago

love these happy face cement planters

smori (author)  csegura211 months ago

Thanks! :)

mastersoncraft11 months ago

What happy faces, and your choice of 'do' is very cute.

smori (author)  mastersoncraft11 months ago

Thank you!

QueenieCH11 months ago

ha ha ~good!

smori (author)  QueenieCH11 months ago

Thanks!

ksashikumar11 months ago

Awesome Cute ..

smori (author)  ksashikumar11 months ago

Thanks!

Eh Lie Us!11 months ago

Really nice.

smori (author)  Eh Lie Us!11 months ago

Thank you!

darklotus11 months ago

These are gorgeous! Kids of all ages will love these and I'm definitely going to make some as presents for a couple of little kids (and a few big kids) in the family. I know they'll be chuffed! Thanks for this instructable!

smori (author)  darklotus11 months ago

Thank you for your comment! I'd love to see how they turn out.

capricorn11 months ago

So sweet, thaks for sharing :)

smori (author)  capricorn11 months ago

Thank you :)

wonderbrett11 months ago
Oddish?!
askjerry11 months ago

One suggestion, try making them out of hypertufa so they will be lighter, and drain better. My wife makes hypertufa pots all the time... they work great.

smori (author)  askjerry11 months ago

Thank you for the suggestion. I will look into that.

proxyous11 months ago

I am the manager of an apartment complex we have a playground and i was thinking of putting these around it. What do you all think about that

smori (author)  proxyous11 months ago

The kids will love them!

These would be really nice around the complex.

What about using larger bottles or buckets? wander the aisles of your local hardware store and see what would be a good shape.

DIYfan proxyous11 months ago

Definitely a fun idea, kids will love it and parents will chuckle.

jazzdroid11 months ago

may I know what is the name of the plant?

smori (author)  jazzdroid11 months ago

It's a type of Sempervivum. It's more commonly known as hen and chicks.

bofarr11 months ago

Awesome!

smori (author)  bofarr11 months ago

Thanks!

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