submitted by: Diane & Dean
This super easy summer DIY cement craft is simple and fun for all ages. Cement or Concrete garden planters are showing up everywhere and now you can make your very own for less than $10 and depending how many you make and what molds you use, you may save even more. I was browsing through Pottery Barns online catalog and found fluted cement garden planters for up to $169.00 and immediately challenged myself to DIY this project myself. Off to the general store I went and for $5.00 I found a fluted plastic trash can with soap dish and cup! The only thing I wanted to use was the trash can so I started by mixing the cement and water right in the can and found the perfect plastic food container in one of my kitchen cabinets for the center, weighted it with rocks, let dry overnight and voila! This was so much fun to not only see the results and be proud that I saved so much money but I loved it so much I wanted to make more. I made one for a gift by planting succulents and the other one I kept for an outdoor patio candle. The basal plant that was planted in the fluted design is doing great!
- 1 bag of Cement
- Plastic molds
- Plastic gloves
- Cooking oil spray or Vaseline
- Succulents or candles
1) mix 1 part cement and 1 part water (may need to add a little more cement to make the consistency of a brownie mix)
2) spray inside of molds and the outside of the mold needed to be placed inside with a cooking spray or Vaseline to help with removal when dry
3) pour cement mixture in mold
4) place a smaller mold inside of the mold and secure with weight to hold in place. Gravel or rocks makes a great weight.
5) let stand for 24 hours or until dry
6) remove the cement from the molds.
7) use a fine sandpaper block to smooth all edges around the rim and sides
8) you may be creative and paint or stain your planter or candle holder or leave the natural beauty as is.