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DIY Painted Concrete Planter

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!

DIY Painted Cement Planter

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
Old Spoon/Stirrer
Towel or Sheets
Sand Paper
Paint (Optional)

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!

DIY Cement Planters with Aztec Print

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!

Marbled Concrete Plant Pot DIY

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    This is such an amazing idea I love how your plant pots came out! I’ve got some cactus’ and would love to try it out with them xx

    May 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm
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    Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve been ogling concrete creations on Pinterest and all of them have been tutorials from the US. When I saw b&q in your post – I got far more excited than I should have!

    The moment I have free time I will be playing!

    June 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply andproject

      Thank you so much for your comment Celeste! It’s so overwhelming how many types of cement/concrete there is in the shops, I didn’t realise until starting this project!

      Good luck with your concrete crafts, I am always interested in seeing other peoples creations so if you want to share I am at @andprojects on Twitter or @andproject_ on Instagram!

      June 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm
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    Can you advise what type of cement exactly you used?

    December 6, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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      Hi Sonya,

      I used Blue Circle Mastercrete from B&Q. I think any general purpose cement would do the trick! I hope you manage to track some down and create something amazing!

      Thank you for your comment!

      December 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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    Hi There,
    Love your pots 🙂
    Could you please tell me how to made that pink cement pot? What do you use to color the cement?
    Thank you

    January 14, 2017 at 9:33 am
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      Hi Liat,

      Thank you for your comment. For the pink cement I use a concrete colour pigment which I picked up from a local craft shop but I think they sell similar on Amazon.

      Good luck with your crafts!

      January 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    Hello i have been following your post for tutorial for the pots they worked out great! But have noticed my pots cracking. Do you know what this could be from?
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    February 9, 2017 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply andproject

      Hi Faye,
      Thank you so much for your comment!
      I had the same problem when I first started making the pots! The cracking happens when too much water is added to the cement, if you try adding a little less water (the consistency shouldn’t be too sloppy) then the pots shouldn’t crack!

      If you try this and the problem still persists let me know!

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  • Reply Danielle


    Awesome post, definitely going to try. My only question is regarding drainage holes. If I wanted my pots to incorporate a hole for drainage how would you go about doing so? My first thought was to drill a hole after the pot has dried but I’m worried the entire pot cracks to pieces..

    March 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    • Reply andproject

      Hi Danielle,
      Thank you for your comment, I have drilled holes in a couple of my pots and it has gone well (no cracks) however, I prefer to put a plastic plant pot inside my pot otherwise I have found that the concrete sucks out a lot of the moisture from the soil (this is fine for cactus and dryer plants but for thirsty plants I would definitely recommend the plastic pot.


      April 8, 2017 at 7:27 am
  • Reply diana nowak-riffel

    What type of paint do you drizzle in? There’s so many different kinds..

    October 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    • Reply andproject

      Hi Diana,
      Thank you for your comment, I just use small tester pot emulsion wall paint, just your typical Dulux.
      Hope that helps but if you have any further questions just give me a shout!

      October 10, 2017 at 7:58 am

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