This has to be one of my favourite DIYs of all time. Cotton and cake move over – it’s all about concrete and cacti this week. I made myself some super cool plant pots!
They’re surprisingly simple, so if you want to find out how I made them, keep reading…
You will need
Blue Circle Mastercrete cement, £6.74, B&Q
Clean orange juice cartons, plastic tubs, anything to make a mould that you will be able to cut apart
Pot for mixing cement (we used tupperware)
Stick for mixing cement
A handful of coins
Sandpaper (or sanding block)
Scissors or a scalpel
Colours Mai Tai emulsion paint tester pot, £1.24, B&Q
Colours Guava Green emulsion paint tester pot, £1.24, B&Q
Step 1. Mix the cement with water according to the instructions on the cement packet (we used a plastic cup as a good measuring guide). Use tupperware or a small bucket to mix in and use an old stick or piece of wood as your mixer. Add more water or cement if needed to create the right consistency – you’re aiming for something smooth resembling the thickness of peanut butter!
Step 2. Take your chosen mould (we used clean juice cartons cut in half and plastic salsa tubs) and pour in the cement mixture to the approximate height you want your pot to be. Give the mould a little shake so the cement lies fairly flat. Take a plastic cup and push it into the centre of the mould, to whatever depth you want (for example, if you have a plant pot in mind to sit inside it, make sure it’s deep enough to hide the plastic pot around the plant). Place a handful of coins inside the plastic cup to help weigh it down and make sure it is in the centre of all the sides. Leave to dry for 24hrs.
Step 3. Using a pair of scissors, or a scalpel, carefully cut away and remove the mould to reveal your cement pot. It may come out slightly sharp in places, so use a sanding block to remove any rough edges. We left our pots for another 2 or 3 days to dry out completely, as the colour of the cement will continue to lighten for a couple of days.
Step 4. Use masking tape to mark out a geometric design on your pot and paint on a colourful pattern. Remove the masking tape before letting the paint dry to stop it peeling off any of the paint. When the paint has completely dried, your pots are ready for use. We used ours to display small plants (keep them in their original plastic pots if possible, as these cement ones don’t have any drainage) and the smaller design is perfect as a tealight holder!
I worked on this project with stylist extraordinaire, Cassie Pryce. Go check her out!
Fancy making your own? Pin this tutorial using the image below to your craftiest Pinterest board and you’ll never lose it!