Cement Planter With Stairs

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Introduction: Cement Planter With Stairs

About: I am IT professional, living in Bangalore, India. As new gadgets come out everyday, we indulge in spending significant time and money on these gadgets. And our kids are learning from us, they know how to use...

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I came across a "DIY cement planter mold" on Aliexpress, on little use of the search engine, the site showed a huge variety of cement planter molds to choose from. Sorry this is not an ad for them, but I thank AE for the inspiration for this project.

I decided to make a cement planter mold myself, some differences as below

  • They use silicone for mold for making this many times, I am using sun board which would like one time only
  • The overall dimensions were small 3.5" x 3.5" x 1.6", may be for smaller succulents or an ash tray, I made mine about 5.75" X 5.75" X 3.5"

I will list down each step in details, If you have queries and suggestions, please leave a comment

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Step 1: What Do We Need ?

  • White Cement 1 Kg
  • Fine Sand 1 Kg
  • Sun Board (5mm or ~0.25")
  • Cutting knife
  • Pen
  • Steel measuring scale
  • Hot Gun gun
  • Super glue
  • Transparent tape
  • Water

Step 2: Outer Box

  • Cut four pieces of sun board with dimensions- 6" x 4.75"
  • Cut base of 5.75" x 5.75"
  • Tape the sides to make a square
  • We are not going to use super glue for the outer box, which makes it easier to de-mold
  • Donot attach the base yet

Step 3: Stairs

  • On the base sheet, leave 1" from one of it's edge and mark 9 dots separated by at 0.25"
  • Cut few strips of 0.75"
  • Cut these strips to size on the base sheet, we should have 9 steps
  • Stack them one over the other to make stairs
  • For the second Stairs, match the height by placing 9 full length strips( 0.75" X 5")
  • Leave about 2.75" and then start a new stair of 9 steps, each of 0.25" apart

Tip :

  • I used Super glue to stick these, instead use tiny amount of hot glue for easy de- molding
  • Because the strips were cut by Hand, there are few imperfectness. One could make the stairs even, by using some kind of filler

Step 4: Inner Box

  • The inner box is about 4" x 4" x 3"
  • Cut it's Base of 4" x 4"
  • Keeping the margins sun boarding thickness cut the sides 3.75" x 3"
  • Stick them all together using transparent tape
  • Use paper tape to fortify sides

Step 5: Mold Assembly

  • On the base we have already stuck the stairs
  • Hot glue the inner box without it's top and then hot glue the top
  • Hot glue the outer box to the base
  • Use transparent tape to seal any gaps

Tip:

  • Even after my best efforts, there was a gap of 2 mm in between the stairs and the outer box. this caused issues while de-molding. I recommend first hot glue two side to stairs and then rebuild the outer box

Step 6: Casting

  • Mix 1: 1 cement and fine sand in a large container
  • Add enough water to make a semi thick paste
  • Pour the mixture into the mold
  • Because of the weight of mixture, there is a bulge on the sides, use paper tape to make it as straight a possible
  • Leave this to dry for 24 hours
  • I used about 1 Kg of each Cement and Sand

Step 7: De-molding

  • This is the most difficult part of the all
  • Slice the transparent tape, carefully and remove the sides
  • Remove the base. Since I used super glue, it did not come out well
  • Since I had gaps in between the stairs and the outer walls, i had to first sand the excess and then slowly pry the stairs
  • The inner box come out easily, just remove one side at a time and the base or it's top at the last
  • While de-molding I broke the first step, which I later super glued in place

Step 8: Final Words

  • Once the planter is properly de-molded
  • We need to sand all sides and make it uniform using sand paper
  • We need to water cure the planter for 2 to 3 days to avoid any cracks
  • Add soil / pot mixture, sow some seeds and watch the planter come to life

I hope you enjoyed reading, If you have a suggestion or a wish to see any other design, please comment

Thanks for reading

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    11 Discussions

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    TheLeftyMaker
    TheLeftyMaker

    13 days ago

    Cool project! What seeds would be good for a pot like this?

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    Amit_Jain
    Amit_Jain

    Reply 11 days ago

    I tried many and failed. I would recommend buying small grass patch and plant it in this kind of pot

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    TheLeftyMaker
    TheLeftyMaker

    Reply 11 days ago

    Yeah, I was thinking grass or maybe forget-me-nots. Thanks!

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    Studious_Chick
    Studious_Chick

    4 weeks ago

    Wow! This is so stylish!

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    Amit_Jain
    Amit_Jain

    Reply 25 days ago

    Thanks

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    Amit_Jain
    Amit_Jain

    Reply 25 days ago

    Thanks

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    4 weeks ago

    Agreed! That came out really well :)

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    Amit_Jain
    Amit_Jain

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Thanks

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    4 weeks ago

    How pretty! That came out so so well. :)

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    Amit_Jain
    Amit_Jain

    Reply 4 weeks ago

    Thanks