My love of plants is a well-documented one, so as you can imagine I am always looking for new ways to house my growing collection. I had seen some beautiful concrete planters on Not on the High Street and fell instantly in love but being the fool I am I decided to experiment with making my own. Cement was a material I had been itching to play with for a long time, I love the beautiful imperfections that mar the surface and create a completely unique finish.
I know I’m not the first person to share a tutorial for cement planters but I couldn’t resist sharing this DIY because it was so simple, easy and didn’t cause a fortune!
You Will Need
Cement Powder (I used this little bag from B&Q or if you want white cement I love this one.)
Large Plastic/Paper Cup
Smaller Plastic/Paper Cup
Towel or Sheets
First lay an old towel or sheets down on your surface as this can get slightly messy. In a large cup, mix about 5 parts cement powder with 1 part cool water and stir until it resembles a thick gooey paste, over whipping the mixture will mean you loose all of the stunning pock marks created by the air bubbles, so try not to mix too much unless you want a smooth finish.
If you want your pots to have a sort of rusted marble effect then here is where you drizzle in a large spoonful of dark paint into the cement, stir your paint through lightly to retain the marbling. If you are looking for a plain finish then skip this step.
Next spoon the mixture into your large throw away cup, filling about 1/3 of the cup and push your smaller cup right into the wet cement, which should creep up the sides of the larger pot as you push. You might have to weight your smaller cup with stones or something small and heavy so the cement doesn’t pop it back out.
Leave overnight to dry then rip or peel off the cups. The rim will probably need a bit of sanding to straighten it out but after that you are free to paint or spray however you want.
I think I could paint and create these pots for hours on end, there is something unbelievably cathartic about getting lost in painting a monochrome Aztec print on a handmade planter! If you’ve made these yourself I would love to see the results!
Just a little update – I’ve also been playing with coloured concrete using pigments, if you would like to see another post on this let me know!