It’s FINALLY March which means it’s basically spring (please just humor us here) and we’ve already been walking up and down the garden aisles endlessly planning what we want our front porch and backyard to look like. Whether you’ve got a big space or a little space, there’s probably a plant (or five or six) you’ve got your eye on. And if you’re anything like us, you probably like to buy or DIY your pots to set them apart, so today we’ll be teaching you to make cement planters.
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We love the look of a cement planter because no matter how unique you make the shape, a cement planter always has a very natural look and feel to it. And no matter what type of flowers or plants you’re into, they will all look incredible in a cement planter. Okay, enough talk, let’s get started!
- Rapid set cement
- Mixing container
- Disposable bowl, milk carton, etc.
- Disposable cup, smaller disposable bowl
- Drinking straw
- Sanding block
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First, you’ll start by mixing your cement with water to create, well, your cement. Make sure to follow the instructions on your cement box or bag so you know how much water to use.
Next, whatever container you’ve chosen, be it a bowl, square, or rectangle of some sort, pour cement filling your container halfway, then you’ll take your cup or an extra bowl and place it inside your container, this will create the shape of your pot, and just to be on the safe side, fill your extra bowl or cup with some rocks to ensure your pot will hold its shape. At this point, don’t forget to take your drinking straw to poke a few drainage holes in the bottom to avoid overwatering your plants.
Now you’ll wait patiently until your cement is dry. The drying process shouldn’t take more than one night, but you will want to make sure it’s completely dry so your pot doesn’t crack as you take your “placeholder” out.
After your cement is dry you can remove the outside vessel and the placeholder to reveal your new cement pot. Last, but not least, of course, you’ll want to take your sanding block to your new pot to buff out any sharp edges or corners.
We lied, there’s one more step… It’s time to give your plants a new forever home! You can’t go wrong at this point, but personally, we love the look of succulents in our pots. Happy gardening!