Whether it’s in your office or on your patio, keeping some green nearby can be quite refreshing, not to mention healthy and aesthetically pleasing. With this easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make DIY cement planters with budget-friendly ingredients and supplies you’ll likely have around the house, you’ll be making cement planters for all of your leafy friends!
How To Make A Cement Planter: Video
Materials And Supplies Needed For A DIY Cement Planter
- Portland Cement
Portland cement is considered the best choice for casting and making any type of cement containers. It’s a finely ground cement powder that mixes easily to create a smooth result for your DIY cement pots for plants.
When making cement planters, you’ll need water to mix with the Portland cement. You don’t need any special type of water—room temperature tap water is perfect.
3. Mixing Container
The next supply you’ll need to make cement planters is a safe and sturdy container to mix the cement and water. Any disposable plastic container or bucket will typically do, but if you don’t have anything sufficient around your home, you can purchase a shallow tub.
3. Milk Carton, Yogurt Container, or Food Container
Whichever you choose, your carton or container will form the mold for your cement containers. Paper or cardboard cartons can be a little simpler to peel away from the dried cement, but many people who are learning how to make cement planters have had success with plastic containers, too.
4. Plastic Cups
While your carton or container will form the outside of your DIY cement planters, plastic cups will form the insides and serve as a placeholder for where your plants will ultimately reside. You can use different types of plastic cups, in varying shapes and sizes, too!
5. Rocks, Stones, Glass Cups or Other Items to Keep the “Placeholder” Grounded
When you place the plastic cups into the mixing container filled with the cement mix, you’ll need something to weigh the cups down and ensure that they form the space for your plants. Craft rocks, natural stones, and even glass cups are all excellent choices.
6. Sandpaper or Sanding Block
Once the cement mix has dried within your container and you’ve removed both the outside of the container and your placeholder, you will need sandpaper or a sanding block to smooth the edges and remove any excess cement that may be present.
7. Optional: Peat Moss and Perlite
Depending on the kind of texture you’d like your planter to have, you may want to consider adding peat moss and Perlite, which give a more open, porous texture. If you’d like a smoother texture, add more water to make your mix runnier, but keep in mind that it will take longer to dry and harden.
Step-By-Step For A DIY Cement Planter
1. Mix Cement and Water
When tackling the challenge of “how to make cement planter,” abide by a ratio of 4 parts Portland cement to 1 part water.
2. Form the Milk Carton, Yogurt Container, or Plastic Food Container Planter
Pour the Portland cement mix halfway through the carton or container. Then, place a plastic cup or other “placeholder” inside and add rocks or stones to weigh it down. If your carton or container has an open top, cover it with a wrap of your choice and puncture the top to allow airflow and for the mix to dry.
3. Let the Cement Planters Dry Overnight
When you make cement planters, you need to allow the mix to dry overnight to ensure that it is completely dry and won’t crack when you remove the container and the placeholder.
4. Remove the Layers
Once your DIY cement planters have dried overnight, remove the outside layer—your carton or container—and your placeholder to reveal the finished shape.
5. Sand Your Planter
Once you’ve removed the container and your placeholder, use sandpaper or a sanding block to smooth the edges of your DIY cement planter and to remove any excess pieces or fragments of cement.
6. Fill Your DIY Cement Planters With Your Plants and Succulents!
The last step in this process is admittedly the most exciting—it’s time to get your plants and succulents settled in their new cement containers! Not sure what plans to put in your planters? Plant Kween has you covered:
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