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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! β™₯ KC.

April 16, 2015

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44 Comments

  1. 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!!

    • 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

  2. 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.

  3. Emily Lockley

    June 9, 2015

    Megan Korpok

  4. Tahnee

    July 29, 2015

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

    • Katrina

      July 31, 2015

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

  5. 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 πŸ™‚

  6. 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! πŸ™‚

  7. Donna

    October 4, 2015

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

  8. Sharren Cochrane

    January 3, 2016

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

  9. Tracy Scott

    January 3, 2016

    Rhianna Scott

  10. Kathleen Friedrich

    January 3, 2016

    So easy

  11. Rosie

    March 15, 2016

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

    • Katrina

      March 16, 2016

      I just used kaiser paint because it was what I had in the cupboard! πŸ™‚

  12. 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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