I’ve always liked the modern cement planters that you see on Pinterest and Etsy, so I thought it might be fun to take this on as a Guy DIY project.
Cement is an ideal material for making your own modern design projects. It’s very easy and inexpensive to work with, and it fits well with nearly any style of décor.
I used Michaels ArtMinds™ Stepping Stone Cement Mix for my planter, but you can use any kind of quick dry cement you’d like. You can also personalize your planter by using containers with unusual shapes and textures, and adding paint.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
Step 1: Find Containers
I made my planter with recycled cardboard milk cartons, but take-out and plastic storage containers work great for this project too.
TIP: Check your recycling bin or local thrift store. You might just find something cheap and unique.
Step 2: Mix Cement
Pour the cement mix into your bucket. Add water and stir until your mixture is the consistency of sour cream.
NOTE: The thicker your mix the rougher the surface, and the wetter the mix the smoother your surface.
Step 3: Pour into Mold
Fill your base mold about half way up with cement. Next, insert your smaller mold, and backfill with the mix until you have reached the top. You may want to fill the center container with sand, or tape it down to secure it.
TIP: If you first coat your mold with cooking spray, it should make it easier to remove once your project is dry.
Step 4: Let Dry
Let your newly formed planter set for at least 24 hours. Once dry, use a pair of scissors or a knife to cut the molds away.
Step 5: Sand Rough Edges
Use Sandpaper to clean up your planter and get it exactly how you want it. You may also want to consider drilling a hole in the bottom for drainage.