Introduction: Super Simple Twisted Fabric Cement Pot
Having tons of old sheets and clothes, I wanted to try the dipping of fabric onto cement to create a plant pot, but I wasn’t really appealed by the look of it. Being used to 3D printing, I thought about making a kind of dipping filament that I would twist to get a nice “rope like” texture and a more controlled look.
Step 1: Collecting What You Need
- 1 used Bed Sheet (mine was 250x5cm)
- 1 plastic bottle (you can also use a pot)
- adhesive tape
- 600g of Cement
- 300ml of water
- Latex gloves (to protect your skin from the cement)
- Something to mix the cement (any large container and a stick for example)
Step 2: Prepare Your Working Space, and the Fabric “filament”.
- Firstly, cut a 10x10cm piece of fabric that you’ll use for the bottom of the pot.
- Then prepare your fabric filament; measure 5cm and cut the side of the sheet with a scissor and tear it apart. The fibers should create a straight line.
To make this 9x6cm pot, I needed one strip of 5x250cm but you can do it with multiple strips placed endwise. If you use multiple strips, just carefully overlap them. (you can even create a nice pattern this way !)
Step 3: Prepare Your Support
In this project I used a plastic bottle but you can do it on pretty much any type of support.
- Prepare the bottle, remove the stickers, and cut it on both sides (you can cut only one side if your bottle has a flat end) to get a 9x6cm cylinder.
- If you cut both sides, stick four lines of tape on one end to create a support.
Step 4: Prepare the Cement
- Put a tightly stretched plastic bag on your table, it will prevent damage and smooth out the surface in contact with it.
- Find a large container, clean it, and put your cement inside.
- Mix it with water until it is homogeneous. (It has to be pretty liquid; if it isn’t, add a little bit of water. Also keep a glass of water next to your mix in case it dries out while you are dipping your fabric).
Step 5: Create Your Pot
Don’t forget to put gloves on, cement is corrosive and could burn your skin.
- At first, dip the 10x10cm base, and apply it to the flat side of your cylinder. It has to be soaked in cement.
- Then, dip the 250x5cm filament until it’s soaked, and twist it on itself.
- Apply it on the support, starting on the bottom. Continue twisting the filament tightly while you’re putting in on the support.
Step 6: Unmolding and Sanding
Wait at least 48h so it can dry completely to avoid breakage.
- The plastic bottle should come off easily, try finding a spot where you can bend it, and do it until you can remove it completely.
- Then sand it with a very fine grain, don’t do it too much as it could reveal the fiber of the fabric underneath.
Step 7: The Pot Is Ready
You can now put your plant inside.
Second Prize in the
Stone, Concrete, Cement Challenge