Guy DIY: Easy Cement Planters

3 Y ears ago by

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:

DIY Cement Planter Supplies

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

DIY Cement Planter Pour

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

DIY Cement Planter Set

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

DIY Cement Planter Mold

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

DIY Cement Planter Sand

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.

DIY Cement Planter Final

Happy Planting!

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  • Love these, definitely going to have to give this a try! :)

  • Love the look…great idea Stephen.

  • Anna

    Oh I LOVE these!
    I need to think of a way to add seashells!

  • This is such a great, simple idea! A person could add all kinds of fun decorations by cutting off the mold once the cement has dried a little, and pressing things into the sides. Shells, like Anna said, marbles, pieces of colored glass. At least, I think this could work. Anyone tried to do this?

  • Andrea Tamayo

    Anyone know the name of these plants ?

  • great and easy idea to make small cement planters. We can add small colourful stones in the cement to make more creative design.

  • beth

    anyone have any ideas on how to color this cement when mixing, before pouring?