DIY concrete pots

Here’s a DIY project for you – make your own concrete pots! Aren’t they all the rage at the moment? I’ve been a sucker for all the concrete goodies and I thought I’d give this a go!

This was an inexpensive project and I spent about $20 all up (I made 5 pots – I probably could have made more with the bag of cement I had).

What you’ll need:

  • A bag of cement mix. Make sure you get cement and not concrete mix
  • A bag of peat moss – optional (this gives the cement that rough look)
  • A selection of pots/cups
  • Cooking spray
  • Plants + little rocks
  • File (optional)
  • Paint

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Mix up the cement in a bucket.

I put a mixer on the end of the drill to mix it up better, but you can just stir with your hands (just wear gloves!). You can see from my finished pots that I made some without the peat moss and some with. I LOVE the peat moss pots (that was a mouthful!). They have a rougher look and you can slightly see the little pieces in the pots. Just pop a good handful in to your cement mix if you want to use it. It was $5 for the bag so I wanted to give it a go.

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Spray BOTH the pot and the cup you’re using. This will make it easier to get them out when it sets!

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Fill the pot 2/3 and then squash the cup in the middle – the excess will fill up the sides. They will pop up a bit naturally, so you can put some water in the cups to keep them down.

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24 hours later!

Some of the plastic pots needed to be cut open so I could get them out, but some came out with a bit of wiggling and tapping. I let them dry for another couple of days here on my back table.

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You don’t have to file the tops as they look great as they are, but I did tidy them up a little (well my 13 year old did!).

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I masked up a couple of areas and popped some paint on. LOVE them!

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Here’s the finished product! I have been growing succulents in my garden so I grabbed some from there (except for the cactus I bought). I also put little rocks in the bottom of the pots before I planted the succulents – seeing as there is no drainage you’ll need the rocks on the bottom and some very hardy plants.

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What do you think? Is this a project you might try?

Happy DIY-ing! ♥ KC.

April 16, 2015

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44 Comments

  1. Reply

    Penny Barns

    April 15, 2015

    Clever gal

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      njideka

      December 9, 2015

      really beautifullll… i love it..http://www.justfarbblog.com

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      Yvonne connell

      May 4, 2017

      Love it i am making some at the moment using some silicone baking tray for cakes see how they turn out tomorrow when dry.

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    Tina Moore

    April 15, 2015

    I have done this with plaster of paris. Looks good too

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      Ann

      July 12, 2016

      How does it go with being water tight?

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        allen

        October 29, 2016

        Put some PVA glue in the mix. 45 years ago my dad used to patch up our old water tank went it cracked by putting PVA in the mix. He said it made it water tight. I know PVA is water soluble, but when in the cement I guest it just clogs it up . Never leaked where he patched it. My brother inlaw made a water trough for my sisters horse the same way and it didn’t leak.

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    Clare

    April 15, 2015

    Oh my goodness I LOVE these …. definitely going onto my to do list! You make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing 😉

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    Julia Walsh

    April 15, 2015

    Rebecca Peel :))

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    Julia Walsh

    April 15, 2015

    Rebecca Peel :))

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    Ness Lockyer

    April 15, 2015

    I’d love to try a sink for the studio. I never start slow

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    Ness Lockyer

    April 15, 2015

    I’d love to try a sink for the studio. I never start slow

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    Roxanne Catch

    April 15, 2015

    I always wanted to try this! Thanks for the tips

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    Helen Jaman

    April 15, 2015

    you are so clever !! x

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    Rachael

    April 15, 2015

    I found using cement the pots cracked after some time but have not had this issue with concrete!

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      Donna

      October 4, 2015

      Hi Rachael, I have been having the same problem. All websites seem to say concrete (don’t use cement) but my pots cement ones are cracking too. Don’t know what I’m doing wrong!

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        laura

        November 6, 2015

        Hey! Hopefully this finds you. I couldn’t use concrete mix because the rocks were too big. I use Portland cement and sand using a 1:2 ratio. USE AS LITTLE WATER AS POSSIBLE!!!! Seriously. Mine were cracking because I was using way too much water in them. Once i dialed the water back, it really helped. Another thing I was told to do through the Quikrete website is to wet cure them for 5-7 days. Basically submerge the entire pot and let it sit for 7 days underwater.

        Cracking occurs for 2 reasons: Too much water in the mix and when the water evaporates there is not enough cementuous material to keep it together properly.

        OR

        Drying unevenly because of uneven wall thicknesses. So if they dry at different rates, it can cause stresses in the pots causing cracks.

        I’ve had no issues since I reduced the amount of water and wet cured the pots. It really helped.

        Also, make sure to use a sealant on your pots afterwards. When I didn’t use a sealant, they would sometimes crack after I watered the plants. The sealant should help make them resistant to humidity and moisture. I used a Quikrete sealant and painted it on with a small brush really thin. It seems to help. That’s the only brand really available in my area, hopefully you can find something that works for you!!!

        🙂

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          Byron

          November 11, 2016

          Hi Laura! Thanks for the brilliant reply – so helpful.
          Just want to clarify, the ratio you recommend is 1 part cement to 2 parts sand? (not the other way around)
          Thanks

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          Lauren

          December 3, 2016

          Hey Laura, this is so helpful, thank-you. When you soaked the pots in water, did you leave them in the moulds or let them dry and take them out?

          Thank-you, Lauren

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    Kellie-Jo Gustowski

    April 15, 2015

    Gabrielle Merrigan you should come to my place one day and we shall play doing this or you sort my garden lol

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      Jayla

      June 27, 2016

      Hi laura, do you wet cure your pots before or after you seal them?

      Thank you so much
      Jayla

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    Megan Ebdon

    April 15, 2015

    Sally Rowe have you tried to make these pots before?

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    Felicity Gimson

    April 16, 2015

    Ashleigh Roberts

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    Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living

    April 16, 2015

    I have been loving concrete pots, but found them expensive for the small sizes and couldn’t decide on the best value and look! I am loving how easy this looks though, well done! I l,love the black print. How fabulous are succulents, mine have gone berserk and there is so many little shoots and cuttings to be taken from them. They are the plant that keeps giving I love it! x

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    Sandra

    April 16, 2015

    These are lovely, Katrina. My sister would love them. She has a ‘thing’ for succulents

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    Heidi Langley

    April 17, 2015

    Abbey Cadell

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    Kylee

    April 19, 2015

    I love these. Now if only I didn’t kill EVERYTHING green in my house I would give them a whirl.

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    Pauline

    April 21, 2015

    Stunning. Like you I’m also discovered the multi uses of his material. I’d have it as my kitchen counter polished if I could. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages

    April 22, 2015

    I love the look of all the concrete things at the moment, especially with a lick of metallic paint. I never realised how easy they were to make yourself.

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    Melbourne Designer

    April 24, 2015

    Really Loved this one! Very creative. Interesting rustic and unpolished feel when coupled with dull green thick plant will really give a superb feel to the space. I should try this out soon.. The black stripe tint is creative as well..

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    Rachel

    May 4, 2015

    Katrina, I have attempted these twice and the second time I added Bondcrete but as soon as I take them out they crumble??? What am I doing wrong?? Definitely using cement and the second time I left them in for a week!!

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      Katrina

      May 6, 2015

      Hi Rachel, oh no! That’s not fun! Ummm I’m not sure – maybe change the brand of cement? Hope you have some success! X

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    Ianna Reign Stevenson

    May 28, 2015

    This is beautiful, I actually love to redo it and put that in our garden. Thank you for sharing this amazing DIY pot.

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    Emily Lockley

    June 9, 2015

    Megan Korpok

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    Tahnee

    July 29, 2015

    These look awesome, going to try this weekend. What type of paint did you use? I love the metallic look!

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      Katrina

      July 31, 2015

      It was just gold paint in a tube from Spotlight. I think the brand was Kaiser 🙂

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    Al

    September 25, 2015

    Hi Katrina
    I’m just wondering whether you could expand on why you say to use “Cement” instead of “Concrete” please? We use concrete and have had lots of success. I’m wondering whether there is a reason cement would be better though?
    Thank you 🙂

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    Donna

    October 4, 2015

    Hi, I have been trying to make pots but I am having problems with them cracking. Some are only a very thin crack after a few weeks, others are just immediately after drying and I have to throw them away. Any suggestions with what I’m doing wrong please? Just bought basic bags from Bunnings. I’ve tried both concrete and cement. Would appreciate some help thanks! 🙂

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    Donna

    October 4, 2015

    Also, do you need to use primer before you paint?

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    Sharren Cochrane

    January 3, 2016

    My first attempt was unsuccessful, I will try again though!

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    Tracy Scott

    January 3, 2016

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    Kathleen Friedrich

    January 3, 2016

    So easy

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    Rosie

    March 15, 2016

    Hi Katrina these pots are fantastic..well done 🙂 can you tell me what kind of paints you used on the pots please. Thanks rosie 🙂

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      Katrina

      March 16, 2016

      I just used kaiser paint because it was what I had in the cupboard! 🙂

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    Jess

    June 9, 2016

    Hi Katrina,

    I love these pots and really want to attempt them. I’ve seen a lot of pots with a marble effect in the cement, how can I do this?
    Thankyou!

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