Every holiday season I get lots of requests for quick and easy handmade gift ideas, and this year is no different! I joined together with a list of other talented bloggers to share some handmade holiday gifts. Even cooler, this DIY concrete planter was insanely easy to make and only took me one day! Ready to see how easy this planter was to make with the help of my friends T-Rex Tape? Let’s do this!
How To Make An Easy Concrete Planter
I am obsessed with succulents – they’re just about the only type of plant I can keep alive. So, I wanted to make some easy concrete planters to gift a garden of succulents to some of my friends and family.
Even better, I was able to finish this project in an afternoon (which is great for my tight schedule). This really is a great project for beginner cement-workers! Here’s how I made mine!
What You’ll Need:
1. First thing I did was grease my Tupperware containers with vegetable oil. I lined the inside of the big one and the outside of the small one. The vegetable oil will help the molds release later.
2. Next, I mixed my concrete with water to make a pancake like consistency. I used a rapid set mortar mix with minimal rocks and debris. However, it sets very quickly, so I had to work fast. If you’re not comfortable woking in a 15 minute window, you may want to use something that takes longer to set.
3. I added some powder pigment to the mix to give it more of a blue/slate color.
4. Next, I poured my concrete mixture into the larger container.
5. After shaking the container to even out the concrete, I firmly pressed the smaller Tupperware container into the concrete mold.
6. I did not have a heavy weight that could fit into the small Tupperware and needed something heavy duty to hold the Tupperware container in place. Luckily, I’ve been partnering with T-Rex Tape who sent me their Brute Force Tape recently and it was perfect for this application.
I just added the tape to the smaller container and pulled it firmly over the larger one, making sure to hit all of the major spots. It even stuck to the parts of the Tupperware that were moist from the concrete mixture.
7. After letting the mold sit for about 30 minutes, I removed the tape and the small container from the mix. I used a hammer and a chisel to help release it, and then once it was loose, it popped right out!
8. I then removed the outside container (which came off much easier than the smaller one).
9. One thing I noticed was that the corners of my piece were cracked or missing because of the shape of my containers. So, I used some more concrete to fill them in.
10. After letting everything cure for about an hour, I used a sander and sandpaper ranging from 60 grit to 120 grit to remove the rough edges and knock down the ridge on the piece that was left from the Tupperware. This honestly took longer to do than the concrete took to set.
11. Next, I added my succulents! I was going to add a finish to the concrete, but loved how organic it looked without one.
It’s amazing what you can do with just a few simple items from your shed and your pantry!
Gift giving can still be special without breaking the bank or taking too much time out of a busy schedule.
Even better, this project is great for anyone experimenting with concrete for the first time!
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Also.. make sure to check out some other creative handmade gift ideas from my talented blogger friends!
Can’t wait to see what you guys make this holiday season!