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This instructable will show you how to make these concrete planters in few easy steps. The planters look rustic and adding a little golden design helps to get rid of the ordinary look.

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Step 1: Materials Needed

To make this geometric vase you'll need:

  1. Concrete or cement (and sand),
  2. Primary and secondary containers- paperboard cartons,
  3. Rubber gloves,
  4. Bucket or anything to mix concrete/cement,
  5. A stick to mix the concrete/cement.
  6. Scissor, anti-cutter
  7. Glue,
  8. Brown scotch tape.

Step 2: Preparing the Containers

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I used paperboard containers (such as, milk cartons, medicine syrup cartons) as the primary and secondary containers,

Paperboard containers are easy to find and I'm quite sure all of us have 2 or 3 paperboard containers in stock,

Use a big carton for the primary container and a relatively smaller carton for the secondary container, I used 4 X 4 inches carton for the primary container and 3 X 3 inches carton for the secondary container,

Cut off the top of the cartons using a scissor or x-acto knife. The secondary container should be longer than the primary container.

Wrap the bottom of the containers with brown tape.

Step 3: Drainage Holes

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You can drill the drainage hole after the concrete or cement dries but you can also use the technique used, to form the drainage holes while the making the vase or pot.

Take a small strip of cardboard (0.5 inch X 2.5 inches),

Roll the cardboard strip and glue the sides (I used clear tape).

Apply glue on any one sides of the rolled cardboard,

Place it on the bottom of the primary container and allow the glue to dry.

Step 4: Mixing Concrete or Cement

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Wear rubber gloves before mixing the concrete.

Mixing concrete:

Simply mix the concrete with water.

Make sure not to add too much water and try keeping the mixture thick.

Less water means more strength and less time to dry.

Mixing cement:

Measure 2 part cement and 3 parts sand.

Mix them very well,

Pour a small amount of water into the sand and cement mixture and mix them well with the water,

Pour more water if the cement mixture is too thick.

Make sure the mixture isn't too thick nor too thin.

Akin Yildiz15 days ago

great work. i've used a wine cork for the drain hole !! next i will be making a custom mold using milk carton style material as shared above. this is the cheapest, easiest way i believe.
this is my first attempt with readily available plastic containers. however it will have to be made much more accurate and custom. i will be using your steps.
thank you for sharing !


I'm new on this site, and really like it, Im also new on home gardens , and this tutorial make me think in a lot of ideas, because some times you want a specific planter size, height etc, really like it, when I do it, will send you a photo. Keep sending this kind of ideas for us new crafters and home gardeners.

3366carlos1 month ago


Lunaris698 months ago

great tut

one suggestion though instead of making the drainage hole on the bootom make it an inch or so on the side this way you create a resovour of water and need to water less often

ps will add photod once i make a few myself

ThisIsSteve8 months ago

Nice work with the concrete, I'm going to try this out this weekend.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  ThisIsSteve8 months ago

Thanks! share a picture if you make one :)

lindarose928 months ago

Oh it looks like I missed so many new ibles these days...I love these planters!!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  lindarose928 months ago

Thanks so much Linda! I'll be posting more these days :)

Yay! Good to know!! :D

Passion Make8 months ago

Wow :) The planter looks great. Elegant design!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Passion Make8 months ago

Thank you Passion Bake! I'm glad you like the design :)

sunshiine8 months ago

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing.


Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  sunshiine8 months ago

Thank you sunshiine!

Creativeman8 months ago


Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Creativeman8 months ago


These are great! I love how you remembered to include a drainage hole and I like the yellow patterns :)

Thanks so much! Last time I didn't drill drainage holes so I kept that in mind this time :) Glad you like'em!

gwar7638 months ago
Charlie Brown called... he wants his shirt back!!! great work!
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  gwar7638 months ago

Ha ha! too bad it's all concrete now :p Thanks!

Very nice Muhaiminah :), loved the idea for drainage holes :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya8 months ago

Thanks Tarun! I posted the tutorial mainly to show how to make drainage holes on concrete planters without drilling.