How To Make Concrete Planters

How To Make Concrete Planters

If you like crafts and get yourself an object that is resistant, then put on the gloves that in this article you will learn how to make concrete planters. The plastic, although they are designed especially to withstand the inclemency of weather, at the end after a few years also break down, and taking into account that plastic is a material that takes centuries to decompose, so what better than making our own Cement sherds? These will last … and last …

Would you like to know what you need to make these resistant pots? Well, not only will we tell you that, but we will also explain step by step how to do them , here in this your guide ???? 

Materials you need to make
concrete planters

Before starting to do them, it is important to prepare all the material that will be needed beforehand so that, in this way, the work becomes easier and, in turn, save a little time. Having said that, you should prepare the following:

  • 2 plastic containers that have the same shape, one larger than the other.
  • Non-stick spray oil
  • Gloves
  • Portland Cement
  • Construction sand
  • Large plastic sheet
  • PVC tube of 2,50cm
  • Spatula
  • And, if you do not like the gray color, you will also need color for cement

Step by step to make
concrete planters

Now that you have it all, let’s move on to the most interesting part: make cement pots. The first thing to do is cover the outside of the smallest container and the inside of the larger one with nonstick oil . Then, follow this step by step:


Step 1 – Make the drainage holes

Every special pot for plants that boasts must have their holes so that the irrigation water that may come out. Therefore, we must proceed to cut 2 to 4 pieces of PVC pipe with a height of at least 2.50 cm.

Step 2 – Prepare the cement mix

With the gloves on, you have to mix 3 parts of sand for 1 of cement with a little water in a basin or in a separate bucket. As the amount that is going to be needed to make the cement pot is rather small, it is necessary to pour the water little by little to avoid it being very watery. At this time you will have to add the color for cement if you wish.

Step 3 – Making the mold

Once the pasta is made, you have to throw it into the larger container , but only the right amount so that the smaller container can fit without problem (about 5cm). The tubes that will make the holes for the drainage must be placed now, taking care that they are not covered by cement. 
By the way, if you do not want the tubes to be visible , spray them with nonstick oil before placing them. So, when the
concrete planters are already made, you can easily remove them.

Step 4 – Place the small container inside the large

With great care, you have to place the small container inside the large one , applying a little pressure downwards.

Step 5 – Add more cement

To finish with the mold, you must add more cement between the large container and the small container . Insert the spatula into it so that it fits well.

Step 6 – Remove the small container

Now that everything is almost done, you have to wait 24 hours for the cement to begin to harden and set well. After that time, you have to wet the cement pots a little with a sprayer with cold water, and remove the small container.

Step 7 – Remove the large container

The large container is the one that holds the cement pots and, therefore, is the most difficult to remove. To do it without problem, you have to cover it with a piece of large plastic, and wet it with cold water so that the cement stays wet for a week .

After seven days, remove the plastic and place the pot upside down. Now, tap the plastic container , both on both sides and at its base. Then you can remove the container, and you can see how your cement pots have been.

The plastic containers have to be cleaned well, since they can be used to make new pots .

concrete planters or cement pots are very resistant and very easy to make. With a little patience, our plants may be in pots that do not require any maintenance , since they will withstand the inclemency of the weather. Without a doubt, it’s worth waiting a week to have a much more personal patio or terrace, do not you think?

how to make concrete planters

You can even make drawings in your pots once finished, using synthetic enamel that also resists moisture very well.

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Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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