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DIY: Cement Planter For Spring

Springtime is the perfect time of year to start potting some plants to make an area become full bloom. For this week’s DIY we wanted to create our very own plant holder using a cement mix. It’s easy, quick and fun to do when you have a couple of hours to spare. The decorating of the pot afterwards is pretty great, too — you can personalize it any way you like!

Here’s how to make a springtime cement plant pot.


What you need:

Cement mix
Disposable bowl  for mixing
Disposable stirrer
Containers for molds (I used a large orange carton and a narrow milk carton to fit inside)
Mask and gloves

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Step one: Cut the empty cartons down to the size you want your plant pot to be — each carton needs to be at the same height. Place the smaller carton inside the larger one.

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Step two: Mix the cement in a bowl — 4 parts cement with 1 part water until the mixture becomes the same consistency as a cake mix. Place a weight inside the molds to keep the structure in place

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Step three: Pour the cement mix into the outside section only. Let it set overnight.

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Step four: When cement is set, peel away the cardboard cartons

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Step five: And there you have your plant pot — ready to be decorated how you wish!

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Jules -April 18, 2013, 10:41AM

No way! Really cute idea.

Meg -April 18, 2013, 3:04PM

This is seriously amazing!!!
This would be so cute to do for a Mother’s Day gift!
May have to do this…

DIYEARTE - DIY -April 19, 2013, 4:22AM

beautiful DIY!!!! I love it!!


jenny -April 19, 2013, 4:36AM

what a great ideas! i am soooo making this!

Bonnie -April 19, 2013, 7:54AM

Jemma, just a question did you pour the concrete on the bottom of the big container first? And then set the smaller one in? I was thinking if the small one was weighted the cement would only be able to go up the walls, and there would be no bottom…

fp jemma -April 19, 2013, 9:10AM

Hi Bonnie, the cement was poured with the smaller container inside the larger one, surprisingly a layer of cement seeps under and then you put a light weight inside just to hold in place. don’t use a heavy weight :)

Zoe -April 27, 2013, 3:51AM

This is so good! I love it. Cant wait to whip a few up this spring.


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Knitascarf -August 1, 2013, 5:42PM

This is such a good idea I would of never thought of it myself. Thanks.

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