On Mother’s Day last weekend Brian and Livi finally revealed a secret project they had been working on: concrete planters!
We have boxes full of shapely plastic containers and bottles and these guys found a fun and inspiring way to make use of them.
They made a variety of succulent gardens for all the moms in our life but these could also be used as holders for miscellaneous items or even just as sculptures to place on a shelf.
Keep your eyes out for containers, bottles, caps and bowls with interesting shapes. See the yellow tomato package below?
It turns into this!
A simple yet lovely shallow bowl to hold small treasures.
Love the texture on the side.
Or go for a smooth finish.
A new project in the works.
Here are the steps involved:
- Select a mold. Choose an outer and an inner form.
- The mold should be something that won’t grab the concrete once it has set. Containers with indentations will hold the concrete in place, which is fine if you’re willing to destroy the mold to get it out.
- We used QUIKRETE® Concrete Mix (No. 1101) which was recommended online. (You can find it at any Lowe’s or Home Depot.)
- Mix the concrete in a large bucket or wheelbarrow.
- Coat the mold surfaces with cooking spray (motor oil works too).
- Pour concrete into the inner mold and tap repeatedly to get rid of air bubbles.
- Remove the mold 24 – 36 hours later. The concrete will still be a little wet which makes it easy to smooth out any rough spots.
- Drill a hole through the bottom if you want to use it for a planter.
- Sand any rough edges with a sanding block or a rock. Sandpaper works for finer sanding.
- Let the concrete cure for about a week before using.
- Consider putting felt dots on the bottom to avoid scratching furniture.You can find more inspiration here… love the votive candle holders!