DIY Concrete Planters – Round One: Rocky

Our first attempt at making concrete planters included understanding the difference between concrete and cement. Concrete, it turns out, is cement + rocks or gravel. We really wanted cement planters – so this aesthetic was a surprise! This isn’t really a tutorial, but you can check out some images of our project – in addition to how I painted and stained the finished planters – after the jump!

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We cut down toilet paper tubes to create drainage holes.

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We had a lot of fun containers to use, from around the house and thrifting.

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You’re definitely going to want a bucket for mixing and heavy duty gloves. We ended up layering these. Don’t want to get concrete poisoning!

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Here is one I like to call “Kleenex Expressions” lol. Not really what we had in mind because of the texture!

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We did like adding the tiles in the side. We attached them to the molds using duct tape.

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A little bit of paint changed the aesthetic of these to something kind of cool and “found object”

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I like this one. It’s very “urban decay” to me!

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This one turned out so tiny I decided to use it as a votive!

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I also used concrete stain on some of them.

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The stain is my favorite. It makes me think of terra cotta and this pot blends in well on the back patio.

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These are the molds settling after we poured the concrete.

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A close up of the tile put inside the mold with duct tape.

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All dry!

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One thought on “DIY Concrete Planters – Round One: Rocky

  1. Prepping the drain holes on the bottom, using cut up toilet paper rolls. Duct tape is to attach decorative tiles and pieces of ceramic to the side of the mold.

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