DIY Concrete Planters




Introduction: DIY Concrete Planters

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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.

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

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

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

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.

Step 5: Filling the Containers

After mixing the cement/concrete you can fill the primary containers with them.

Do not fill the entire primary container with cement or concrete mixture, I filled 2/3 of the primary container.

After filling the 2/3 of the primary container, put the secondary container right in the middle of it and push it in gently. Make sure that the secondary container touches the rolled cardboard.

Place something heavy on top of it or else the secondary container will be pressed up.

Now allow the cement/concrete to dry, it's better to wait 24 hours for the cement/concrete to dry.

Step 6: The Concrete Vase or Pot

After the concrete dries carefully remove the containers. The container can be removed easily.

By carefully removing the rolled cardboard the vase will get a drainage hole.

Step 7: Designing the Vase

You can keep the planters as it is if you like the rustic look, but I wanted to add a little design.

I used fabric paint (gold) and painted simple geometric designs on the planters

After designing the planter with fabric paint allow the paint to dry for a while.

You can keep the planter empty or add small plants. It's better to keep plants that require less water.

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    4 years ago

    love these! Thanks for sharing!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 6 years ago

    This is actually harmful to the plants. A "reservoir" of water in the bottom of the pot loses all oxygen, which causes the roots that reach that layer to rot, and can infect the rest of the plant. As well, it encourages the growth of anaerobic bacteria, which can also be harmful to your plants.

    Akin Yildiz
    Akin Yildiz

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

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

    Muhaiminah Faiz
    Muhaiminah Faiz

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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