We made this DIY concrete planter with cardboard forms and packing tape. No fancy equipment and super inexpensive! It looks pretty in our farmhouse laundry room as an herb planter.
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I’ve been a little concrete obsessed lately. I made a bowl a few weeks ago, and now this planter.
I just love the organic color and rough texture that it has. It lends itself well to my simple farmhouse style vibe.
My husband reminds me that he has a book on making concrete projects, and was crafting them long before they were cool. Its true. We have a planter on our porch the shape of a wicker waste basket to prove it.
Creating DIY concrete projects is also super easy and inexpensive. Both of the items we made were less than $5 and we still have concrete left. We will have to come up with something else to make, although I probably won’t share it on here unless its truly revolutionary.
I mean how many times can I say, mix up the concrete, add it to a mold, remove it from the mold? It really is that simple.
DIY Concrete Planter Video
I put this video on my Youtube channel as a collaboration with my dear friend Cami from the blog Tidbits. We did a little garden theme collab. On her channel she made DIY wooden garden markers. I want to make some now to throw in my planter. They will look so cute together! Make sure to go check out her video HERE.
I put my DIY concrete planter in my mud room. This room is where we keep all our shoes, tote bags and milk jars for our weekly trip to the dairy.
It is also our laundry room. So, just to the right of this picture is the cabinet that I made over in this post: Farmhouse Laundry Room Organization Cabinet Makeover
I love the way the concrete planter looks in this room. Organic, neutral, simple. Just my style.
DIY Concrete Planter Instructions
- Make the molds by folding cardboard into the size you want, and securing with packaging tape. We made our large mold 13″ long by 6″ wide by 4″ tall and our small mold 11″ long by 4″ wide by 3″ tall. This gave the concrete a thickness of 1″ all the way around.
- Mix concrete powder with water until it reaches the consistency a little thicker than pancake batter. We actually had quite a bit of Quickcrete leftover from the concrete bowl we made a few weeks ago, so thats what we used. Since that kind has pretty large rocks in it, we used a large plastic strainer to get sift off most of that. I wanted the finished planter to have a smooth finish.
- Cover the outside of the small mold, and the inside of the large mold, with packing tape. This gives it a nonstick surface. We weren’t sure how necessary this step was, but when we went to unmold the planter the areas that hadn’t been covered with tape did stick to the cardboard quite a bit. So, this is definitely a necessary step!
- Fill the large mold about 3/4 of the way full.
- Press the small mold into the large mold.
- Add a weight to the small mold, to hold it down during the drying process.
- Top off the concrete, so that the top of it is level with the top of the molds.
- Use 2 clamps on opposite sides of the molds to hold them together. This prevents the cardboard from bowing.
- Allow the concrete to sit undisturbed for about 24 hours.
- Cut the cardboard molds away with a utility knife.
Have you ever made any DIY concrete projects, or do you plan to? Let me know in the comments below!
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