How to make a concrete planter for houseplants

How to make a concrete planter for house plants

Stylish concrete planters are perfect for house plants, cacti and succulents. We show you how to make them.

Concrete planters look stylish and sleek, and they’re long lasting. They’re perfect for growing cacti and succulents, either individually or grown together as part of a succulent display.

The planters are easy to make at home. Experiment by creating small planters for house plants, and then branch out to create larger planters, suitable for growing outdoor plants.

Concrete planters look stylish and sleek, and they’re long lasting. They’re perfect for growing cacti and succulents, either individually or grown together as part of a succulent display.

The planters are easy to make at home. Experiment by creating small planters for house plants, and then branch out to create larger planters, suitable for growing outdoor plants.

You can also be creative with the design and shape. You can even dye your planter, using concrete dye, for an alternative look.

Find out how to make your own concrete planter, below.

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You Will Need

  • Sharp sand
  • Cement
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Dust mask
  • Gloves
  • Stick for stirring
  • Two empty plastic tubs, one smaller than the other

Step 1

Wearing a dust mask and gloves, mix five parts sharp sand with one part cement and enough water to make the mix as pourable as thick double cream.

How to make a concrete planter for houseplants - mixing cement
How to make a concrete planter for house plants – mixing cement

 

Step 2

Pour the mix into your larger tub, until it’s about half full. If there’s spare concrete, why not make a series of pots in different sizes as a windowsill set?

How to make a concrete planter for houseplants - pouring the mixture into the larger tub
How to make a concrete planter for house plants – pouring the mixture into the larger tub

 

Step 3

Next, take the smaller tub and firmly push it into the liquid mix, aiming to stop 2cm before you hit the bottom of the larger pot. Leave to set for 2-3 days.

How to make a concrete planter for houseplants - pressing the smaller tub into the cement
How to make a concrete planter for house plants – pressing the smaller tub into the cement

Step 4

Once set, cut off and remove the plastic tubs. If you want to use your pot outside, drill a drainage hole through the base with a masonry bit.

How to make a concrete planter for houseplants - removing the plastic tubs
How to make a concrete planter for houseplants – removing the plastic tubs
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Concrete planters look stylish and sleek, and they’re long lasting. They’re perfect for growing cacti and succulents, either individually or grown together as part of a succulent display.

The planters are easy to make at home. Experiment by creating small planters for house plants, and then branch out to create larger planters, suitable for growing outdoor plants.

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