Introduction: Fix a Broken Ceramic Planter With Epoxy
Spring has SPRUNG, which means that it's time to get those container gardens going. Decorating our deck with a fun assortment of flowers is a favorite pastime of ours. But this year, we discovered that too many seasons in the Georgia climate had taken its toll on one of our favorite ceramic planters. It split completely in half, so we had a choice: go buy a new one, or fix it ourselves.
As planters can be pretty pricey, we decided to spend a few dollars on some 2-part epoxy and fix it right up. About 30 minutes of work and a 15 hour curing period, and our planter is as good as new. Follow along as we show you how.
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Step 1: Clean Your Planter
If you have a broken planter, chances are good that it's been hosting lots of dirt and a few plants. So before you get to gluing it up, you need to get it as clean as possible.
1. Remove plants and extra dirt.
2. Rinse with a garden hose.
3. Use a sponge to clean the edges that will be glued.
4. Place in sun so it can dry completely.
5. Use a shop towel soaked with alcohol to get any remaining dirt and grit out of the edges that will be glued.
Step 2: Mix and Apply Epoxy
We used JB Weld on this project, as it indicated that it will work on ceramics, and it has a really long working time.
1. Tape down a piece of freezer paper on your work surface.
2. Squeeze both parts of JB weld at the same time, drawing an equal length line with them.
3. Use popsicle stick to mix both parts thoroughly together.
4. Pick one side of your planter to apply the epoxy mix to.
5. Use popsicle stick to generously apply epoxy.
NOTE: We used a large popsicle stick to mix and apply the majority of the epoxy, but we also used a smaller popsicle stick to be sure we got in all of the crevices.
Step 3: Clamp and Let Cure
Now it's time to get those two parts back together again!
1. Place both sides of your planter together, squeezing tightly.
2. Wipe any excess epoxy on the outside of your with a clean, dry shop towel.
NOTE: The JB Weld will dry grey, not clear, so you want to be sure to remove any excess.
3. If you got any JB Weld on the outside as you were cleaning it, use alcohol to wipe any excess from the front of the planter, but be sure to stay clear of the glued crack.
4. Clamp your planter using bungee cords or another clamp method you prefer.
NOTE: We had one bungee at the top, and one at the bottom to provide even pressure.
5. Let cure for 15 hours before using.
Step 4: Plant and Enjoy!
Woo hoo! Now that your planter is back together, you can add the green things of your choice.
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