DIY Concrete Planters

August 12, 2015

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Oh, hey craft. Nice to see you again. It sure has been a while.

Some of you guys are probably all “WTF, since when is this a craft blog?”

Since always guys, relax, OK? I have just been favouring recipes lately because I LOVE FOOD. But today, it’s time for some craft.

My mum recently re-potted a whole bunch of succulents and even though I am sure I am annoying her A LOT since I have moved back home I decided I would push it by stealing them and giving them a new home.

It’s OK, she is away on a holiday right now {not Bali because: volcano} but I am sure she won’t care when she gets back.

I made their new home out of concrete, milk cartons, shot glasses and cling wrap. Sounds like a super fun party, right?

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DIY Concrete Planters

You will need

3 cups quick set concrete
sacrificial container and spoon
1/2 cup water {approximately}
3 shot glasses {larger the better}
cling wrap
3, 1 litre milk cartons
paint, if you fancy painting them

What you need to do

1. Trim down the milk cartons about half way

2. Mix the concrete with the water in the container and divide over the three cartons.

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3. Wrap the shot glasses in cling wrap and insert into the concrete to give you a place for your soil.

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4. After about 10 minutes, remove the shot glasses. It’ll still be wet, but will hold it’s shape.

5. Allow to dry for about 2 hours. This will depend on the temperature and how much water you used.

6. Once dry, remove the milk carton by tearing it away.

7. Here is where you can pain your planters. Allow to dry.

8. Add your soil and plant your succulents and you’re done!

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39 thoughts on “DIY Concrete Planters

  1. Isabelle

    These turned out so much better then I thought they would! They look really effective, I love the contrast of the green succulent with the hard, cold feel of the concrete. I definitely need some of these. Thanks for sharing. X

  2. Sarah

    These are so cute! I actually bought something similar at a market recently. I’ve been told that succulents are really easy to look after so fingers crossed I don’t kill it lol

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  11. Jenny

    These are adorable! I think I’d like to make them as donor gifts (I work for a nonprofit organization). I’d like “Thank you!” to be written on the side. Any thoughts on how to accomplish that? Could I actually write it in the concrete?


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  19. Katie

    Hey! I do not have access to milk containers 🙁 is there something else you could recommend I use? Thanks so much for your help!!


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