Create Your Own Stylish Concrete Planters with this Modern DIY Tutorial

Create Your Own Stylish Concrete Planters with this Modern DIY Tutorial

If you’re looking to add a modern touch to your outdoor space, these DIY concrete planters are the perfect project for you. With just a few hours of your time and some basic materials, you can create stunning containers to display your favorite plants. We recommend using a concrete mix specifically designed for containers, as it has the right consistency and proportions for easier mixing and pouring.

To start, secure the plastic mold for your planters. You can use wooden spacers to keep the mold in place. Mix the concrete according to the package instructions, adding the recommended amount of water. Using a mixer or a drill with a mixing attachment makes this step much easier and faster. Once the concrete is ready, pour it into the mold, filling it up to the desired height.

While the concrete is still wet, you can add any decorative elements you’d like, such as links, pebbles, or even pieces of spruce wood. Just make sure to press them gently into the concrete to ensure they are securely glued. Wait for the concrete to dry and then remove the mold, keeping in mind that it may take some extra time for the larger planters to fully set.

After the planters are removed from the mold, use sandpaper or a sanding block to smooth any rough edges. If you want a more finished look, you can also apply a concrete sealer to protect the surface and give it a polished appearance.

Now you’re ready to arrange your plants in these modern concrete planters and enjoy the stylish addition to your outdoor space. Whether you choose to place them on the ground or hang them above, they will certainly be a stunning focal point. So gather your materials and get started on this fun and creative DIY project!

DIY Concrete Planter Pot–With Wooden Base

If you’re looking for a modern and stylish way to display your greenery, a DIY concrete planter pot with a wooden base could be the perfect project for you. This step-by-step guide will help you create a unique and eye-catching planter that will add a touch of sophistication to your interior.

Before you start, gather all the necessary tools and materials. You’ll need high-quality cement, lime, and sand, as well as salvaged wood for the base. Make sure to weigh your ingredients carefully to ensure the right consistency for your concrete mix.

First, mix the cement, lime, and sand together. This will form the base for your planter. You can add pigments to create a more visually appealing finish if desired.

Next, prepare your wooden base. Make sure it is clean and smooth before you start. Apply an adhesive to secure the wooden base to the bottom of the planter pot. This step is crucial as it will ensure that your planter pot stays in place once it is finished.

Once the adhesive has dried, start filling the planter pot with the concrete mix. Make sure to pour it in slowly and evenly to prevent excess air bubbles from forming. Tap the sides of the pot to help the concrete settle and remove any air pockets.

While the concrete is still wet, insert any smaller containers or drainage holes that you may need. This step is important as it will allow excess water to escape and prevent your plants from becoming waterlogged.

Let the concrete dry according to the instructions on the package. This can take up to 48 hours, so be patient. Once it is fully dry, carefully remove the outer mold, and you will have your completed concrete planter pot.

If desired, you can seal the interior surface of the planter pot to protect it from moisture and ensure the longevity of your plants. This step is optional and depends on whether you will be using the planter pot for indoor or outdoor plants.

Now that you have your DIY concrete planter pot with a wooden base, you can display your greenery in style. Whether you choose to keep it indoors or outdoors, this unique and modern planter will be a standout feature in your home.

For more detailed instructions and frequently asked questions, follow the links below:

Detailed DIY Concrete Planter Instructions

Concrete Planter FAQ’s

What you need to make a Concrete Planter Pot

Before you start making your modern concrete planter pot, you’ll need to gather a few materials. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:

Quantity Item
1 Large container for mixing concrete
5 Medium-sized plastic containers (to be used as molds)
1 Bucket for water
1 Smooth piece of wood or board for finishing
1 Painters tape (optional)
1 Caulk (to seal any potential gaps or holes)
Spruce Wood spacers (to keep molds in place while pouring)
Concrete mix Recommended bagged mix or homemade mix
1 Trowel or mason’s trowel
1 Mallet (to remove air bubbles)
1 Old towel or rag for cleanup
1 Water sprinkler or watering can
1 Measuring cup
1 Plastic sheet or tarp to protect your work area

Once you have gathered all the necessary materials, you can proceed with the concrete planter pot making process. Make sure to wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and safety glasses, when working with concrete.

Step 1 Glue up Base OPTIONAL

If you want to create a modern concrete planter with a colored base, this step is optional. It starts with arranging your containers on a flat surface, whether it’s a table or the ground.

You’ll need 7 containers in total: 3 for the base and 4 for the planter itself. For the base, you can use inexpensive plastic containers or even repurpose old cooking trays.

To glue the base together, mix up some 2-part epoxy or any other strong adhesive that you have on hand. This will help hold the pieces in place later on.

If you’re using colored pigments, now is the time to add them to your epoxy mixture. You can simply mix them in with the adhesive and keep stirring until they’re evenly distributed.

Once your adhesive is mixed, apply a thin layer to the bottom of each container. Then, stack them on top of each other to create the base. Use a spacer between each container to ensure that they’re evenly spaced and aligned.

Allow the adhesive to dry according to the instructions on the package. This may take anywhere from 1 to 24 hours, depending on the type of adhesive you’re using.

It’s crucial to wear gloves and use a mixing mixer when working with epoxy or any other adhesive. This protects your hands from the chemicals and makes the mixing process easier.

Once the adhesive has dried, you’re ready to move on to the next step. If you opted not to create a colored base, simply skip this step and proceed to Step 2: Prep the Concrete.


Step 2: Pour the Concrete Pot into the Mold

Before pouring the concrete into the mold, it is important to properly prepare the form to ensure a nice finished product. This includes creating drainage holes, prepping the mold, and keeping it level.

To create drainage holes, insert four small wooden boards into the concrete mix. These boards will later be removed, leaving holes in the bottom of the pot for water to drain out. It is recommended to evenly space the boards at the corners of the mold for the best drainage.

Begin the prep work by sanding down the form to smooth any rough edges and create a clean finish. This step helps in the demolding process later on.

Once the form is prepped and the drainage holes are in place, it is time to mix the concrete. Follow the instructions on the package for the recommended water-to-concrete ratio. Typically, a ratio of four quarts of water to one 60-pound bag of concrete is recommended.

Continuously pour the concrete mix into the mold while vibrating the form. This helps to eliminate any air bubbles and ensures that the concrete is evenly distributed. Make sure the concrete is tightly placed against the sides of the mold for a smooth finish.

After pouring the concrete, wait for some time to allow it to set slightly before removing the wooden boards. This will prevent the concrete from flowing out of the holes and help maintain the shape.

While waiting for the concrete to set, you can also weigh down the form with a heavy object to keep it steady and level. This step is crucial for ensuring that the pot is properly formed.

Once the concrete has set, remove the wooden boards and tape any holes in the sides of the mold to prevent any leakage.

Now, you can wait for the concrete to fully cure and dry. This process may take around 24 to 48 hours, depending on the concrete mix used.

After the concrete has cured, carefully demold the pot. Gently tap the sides of the form to release it, and if needed, use a small wooden spacer to help loosen the concrete. If done correctly, the pot should easily slide out of the mold.

Before using the pot, it is recommended to seal the inside to prevent any water leakage. You can use a mineral oil or a concrete sealer product to help finish and protect the pot.

Now that the concrete pot is ready, you can enjoy adding some gorgeous greenery to your home or garden. Place it in the desired location and fill it with your favorite plants or flowers. Sit back and enjoy the modern and stylish look it brings to your space!

Step 3 Remove the Concrete Pot from the Mold

Once the concrete has fully dried, it’s time to remove the pot from the mold. This step is crucial to ensure that your planters come out looking smooth and beautiful.

First, put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands while handling the concrete pot. Then, carefully flip the mold upside down to remove the concrete pot. If it doesn’t come out easily, you can use a rubber mallet to gently tap the sides of the mold to loosen it.

Next, use a drill to create a hole in the base of the pot if you want to allow for better water drainage. Simply drill a hole in the center of the base using a masonry or concrete drill bit.

Afterward, add some water to a bucket or container and dip a sponge into it. Wipe the interior and exterior of the concrete pot with the wet sponge. This will help to remove any excess concrete and give your planters a clean finish.

If you want a different look for your concrete planters, you can optionally add some color to the mix. You can use concrete pigments or even lime to achieve the desired effect. Simply follow the instructions provided with the colored additives to create your own unique cement mixture.

Now, let the concrete pot dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding to the next step.

Once the concrete is fully dried, you can remove the removable mold. Carefully remove the sides of the mold and lift the pot off the base. If any part of the mold sticks to the concrete, use a mallet to gently tap it off. Be careful not to damage the surface of the pot while doing this.

Now that the mold is removed, you can optionally sand the edges or any rough spots on the pot to achieve a smoother finish. This will make it easier to handle and will give your planters a professional look.

That’s it! You have successfully removed the concrete pot from the mold. Now you can proceed to the next step in building your modern concrete planters.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.