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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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TrueGeek68 made it!yesterday
Great instructions! Mine came out great. Everyone at work love them and so do I.
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Akin Yildiz made it!13 days 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!2 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)  Ponkool41 month ago

Awesome!

Hariskal3 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 LUISR6 months ago

Very Good!

domenic36 months ago

cute :)

:D sooooo cute!!
poofrabbit7 months ago

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

csegura27 months ago

love these happy face cement planters

smori (author)  csegura27 months ago

Thanks! :)

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

smori (author)  mastersoncraft7 months ago

Thank you!

QueenieCH7 months ago

ha ha ~good!

smori (author)  QueenieCH7 months ago

Thanks!

ksashikumar7 months ago

Awesome Cute ..

smori (author)  ksashikumar7 months ago

Thanks!

Eh Lie Us!7 months ago

Really nice.

smori (author)  Eh Lie Us!7 months ago

Thank you!

darklotus7 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)  darklotus7 months ago

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

aswaha yah7 months ago
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smori (author)  aswaha yah7 months ago

Thank you!

capricorn7 months ago

So sweet, thaks for sharing :)

smori (author)  capricorn7 months ago

Thank you :)

wonderbrett7 months ago
Oddish?!
askjerry7 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)  askjerry7 months ago

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

proxyous7 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)  proxyous7 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 proxyous7 months ago

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

jazzdroid7 months ago

may I know what is the name of the plant?

smori (author)  jazzdroid7 months ago

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

bofarr7 months ago

Awesome!

smori (author)  bofarr7 months ago

Thanks!

Passion Make7 months ago

Looks so cute :)

smori (author)  Passion Make7 months ago

Thank you!

mojoatomic7 months ago

Kawaii! Love these!

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