How to make Concrete Planters: Do it yourself (DIY)!

Concrete planters have been popping up on Do it Yourself (DIY) blogs for quite some time now—but just painting the dull grey surface of concrete works is not the case. There is a cooler way of colouring these little plant houses. After some amount of research and ‘hands-on’ testing, it turns out clear that the trick is beginning with white concrete & stirring it in powdered pigments. From that very position, the sky is the limit! Marble these, create an ‘ombre’ stack, go ‘two-tone.' You really cannot go wrong with this project, and they are ridiculously fun to design and make!

Okay, let us admit it: When you set out to make your first-ever bunch of concrete planters, you will be little intimidated. And there will be a moment when you will be staring down a ‘100-pound’ bag of dry mix at some hardware store, wondering how you are going to lug it to your apartment when you have the thought of giving up. But in place of that, you can call up concrete experts to take you through the whole process. You only require three ingredients, it is not nearly as hard as it looks, and unless you have been planning to build giant tree Concrete planters, you have the freedom of putting down the 100-pound bag. Instead, order 10-pound Artisan Concrete Mix that is formulated for craft projects & is bone white, thus adding pigments creates really beautiful colours. The instructions pamphlet is not lying when it states that if you add some water to the mix, it is going to get hard & awesome.

Following are some tricks to make sure your Concrete planters turn out extra-awesome:

What you will need -

Materials

•    Artisan Concrete Mix, plus the little packet of ‘Water Reducer’ which comes along with it.

•    Powdered concrete pigments.

•    Containers to utilize as molds.

•    Optional - Copper tube caps (1 1/2-inch diameter)

•    Tiny succulents 

Tools

•    Plastic bucket

•    Gloves

•    Spoon 

Instructions for making Concrete planters:

1. While wearing gloves, mix the concrete with water and store it in a bucket. Start with a wild guess at how much concrete you will need, but do not worry you always have the option of mixing up some more. As adding too much water might weaken the concrete’s structure, start by pouring in lesser than you think you will need. Also, ‘Water Reducer’ (the little packet which comes with the mix) makes that concrete more liquid but does not compromise on its strength. Stir it in a small spoonful properly until the mix starts to flow. If you are aiming for a marbled effect, let the concrete slowly sink down into itself and not leave behind bumps on the surface.

2. The second step of making Concrete planters involves separating out the amount of concrete you would like to ‘dye.' Slowly stir in the pigment until the time you are happy with the colour. The colour of the mix when wet is close to what it’ll look like when dry. You will need two parts for a marbled planter: white and dyed. On the other hand, for an ombre planter, you will have to separate the concrete into various bowls and add different amounts of colourant to each.

3. To make marble Concrete planters: You have to pour the white mix into the dyed mix. Now, stir them together a few times till the mix begins to look marbled. After that, pour the mix into the container, stopping close to a half an inch from the rim. On the other hand, to make an ombre planter, you have to pour in each shade of concrete, beginning with the deepest & ending with the palest. For ombre Concrete planters too, you have to stop about a half an inch from the rim. For releasing air bubbles, if any, you have to tap the container against the work surface a couple of times.

4. If you are adding a copper cap, watchfully push the cap down into the concrete till only about a quarter of an inch is exposed. The copper cap acts as a barrier between the concrete and the plant, so the concrete will not get soggy every time you add water to your succulent.

5. Let the concrete planters cure in a warm, moist place where they will not get knocked. After a time span of 48 hours, turn the containers over so that the planter pops out. You may have to tap the biggest ones against your table a couple of times to release the concrete.

6. You should give your succulents a good house: Transplant the succulents from the plastic nursery containers to that copper cap, pressing down gently the soil and providing them with some water once they are settled in their brand new spot. These concrete planters do not have drainage holes, so be very careful not to over-water them. 

The DIY planters are simple to make, and it just takes a weekend. Also, you only need materials you already have in the house. They look modern and stylish with unique shapes & shades. Planters are a great way to do various things in your garden. Not only do these permit you to plant in corners you cannot usually but they differ the height of foliage, add color to a particular design and make a focal point that is necessary for a successful garden design.

Most often you will see concrete planters raising the foliage to a height which makes them closer to look at and easier to maintain. Low slung walls & minimalist contemporary design complements the environment well and permits planting of foliage on your rooftop.

Taller outdoor planters are a fantastic proportion to mark a particular doorway and teak wood flower pots are a very good example. Wood planters tend to require more care & maintenance compared to other materials such as concrete planters. However, they have a warm & natural feel that is extremely appealing.

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