Cement Towel Plantpot

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Introduction: Cement Towel Plantpot

Hello everybody, in this instructable, I will teach you how you can make a beautiful and original cement towel plantpot. This is a short project, it takes about 20-40 minutes of work (in addition to waiting for it to dry), It’s a fun project to do as a family and you can use it as an awesome decoration in your garden.

Let's move on to the Instructable!

Hope you enjoy!

Supplies

You'll need simple materials that everyone has at home:

- Cement (you will not need much for this project ~ 2 cup) (depending on the size of the towel).

- A small old towel.

- You need an old plastic bucket (to make the cement mix).

- Water.

- You will also need some disposable gloves (to avoid getting dirty), as well as a stick, to stir the mixture.

- An old plastic pot, the size you want your plantpot to be.

Optional items that might help:

- A big bottle of water (to let the towel dry, without touching the ground).

Step 1: Preparing the Cement Mixture

Put on gloves. Take ~ 2 cups of your cement and start crushing it with the stick to get rid of lumps and chunks, we need it to be as fine as possible, for the result to be strong.

Add the water according to the amount of your cement, I suggest a ratio of 4 cups of water for every 2 cups of cement, this is so that the mixture is very diluted and it is easy for the towel to absorb it.

The resulting mixture should have a wet appearance and be easy to mix. Otherwise, you can add a little water if it is less, and a little powdered cement if it is too much.

Step 2: Soak the Cement Towel

This step is very fun, what you have to do is insert the dry towel into the cement and stir it well, so that it absorbs all the cement inside.

It is very important that no area of the towel remains uncovered, everything must be well soaked in cement (except you) :)

Step 3: Place the Towel to Dry

Now it´s time to place the towel on top of the pot, so that it takes the shape of it.

As a suggestion, you can take a big water bottle, and place the pot on top, so that when you put the towel, keep the rounded shape at the end of the edge.

When placing it, you can make the folds you prefer in the towel to give it a personalized design, considering that the towel completely covers the pot, without leaving any gaps.

They should let the towel dry in this position, until it is very firm and looks dry. It all depends on the type of cement you use, in my case, I waited 24 hours for it to dry.

Step 4: It´s Complete!

After being thoroughly dry, all they have to do is carefully remove the plantpot from the big water bottle, to avoid significant pieces falling off.

Then you can make a hole in the bottom of the pot (with a drill), so that the water can be drained there.

After this, you can paint and decorate it to your liking, or if you prefer to leave it in this color.

As a last step, you can add some fertile dirt and place some decorative plants in it, and enjoy your new plantpot!

Feel free to ask me your questions if you have any! :)

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    11 Comments

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    jodyharris711
    jodyharris711

    Question 3 months ago on Step 4

    Can you use something other than a water bottle?

    I love the flowing lines that make it look almost organic. Because you formed this upside-down, the cement flowed down and outwards around the water bottle. Then when you turn it over, right-side-up, the lines flow up and out from the bottom to the top, like a living growing plant or giant shelf-fungus. Anyone who likes organic looking sculptures would love this. I like the idea of using a 100% polyester towel to make it last longer. I have some old foam-like blankets with holes in them that could be re-purposed to make planters. Great recycling project! Easy and fun!

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    jim_henry
    jim_henry

    11 months ago

    Very nice. Have you tried to make any larger, e.g, bath-towel size pots? I am wondering about the overall strength.

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    sngillis
    sngillis

    Reply 10 months ago

    You can always improve the strength of the concrete by mixing in stuff like fiberglass (the loose fibers, not the woven mats).

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    jim_henry
    jim_henry

    Reply 10 months ago

    Great idea. I will try that, as we really like the looks of yours!

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    DennisT33
    DennisT33

    Question 11 months ago

    What an interesting project! I just wanted to double check that you used ‘cement’ and not concrete mix or mortar. I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t confuse the two but readers might.

    Secondly, I’m guessing that these are cotton towels and that after months or years the cotton might rot and the pot break apart. Have you tried other non-cotton equivalents such as light polyester blankets, cut to size?

    Finally, thrift stores are great places to get old towels (and blankets).

    Thanks!!!

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    Scarlet08
    Scarlet08

    Answer 11 months ago

    Hello! I confirm that the hardening material used is certainly cement.

    In the case of cotton, since it is well soaked in its interior with cement, it is very likely that to rot, it lasts much more than 10 years, and if it does, the cement layer will not de-solidify, since has already made its firm structure. But anyway, it is also valid to use old polyester blankets (as long as they are well absorbent).

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    maxman
    maxman

    11 months ago

    When I was a kid some guy was building a sailboat out of hardware cloth and cement. He could whack it with a hammer and not hurt it. I've used that "technology" a number of times to seal leaky house foundations. Glue the wire cloth to the foundation with liquid nails then cover it with cement. Works a treat!

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    desireev09
    desireev09

    11 months ago

    This is a really cool and easy project! Thanks for the idea!!

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    AnandM54
    AnandM54

    11 months ago

    Cool project!! Wow