We all know plants are an integral part of home but what makes them special is the planter or pot they are placed in. You may find different kinds of decorative plant holders out there but making one by yourself has a personalized charm. If you are a DIY type, try making a cement planter that’s not really a tough deal.
Cement is an amazing and easily available material that can be used for creating almost anything- be it the construction of buildings or creating decorative home decor objects. You can utilize the same material to create unexpectedly stunning planters for any part of your home or office space.
Here are step-by-step instructions to create a minimalist and artistic cement planter with an old towel or piece of cloth.
# Mix the ingredients
Mix two parts of cement with one part peat moss and one part pearlite – make sure you’re wearing gloves as the mixture can cause extreme skin dryness. Now, add water slowly to form a perfect mixture, neither too thick nor too watery.
The consistency of the mixture depends on how you want your planter to look like – whether peanut butter smooth or with some grainy effects.
# Dip the cloth in cement mixture
Take a piece of cloth like old towel, fleece blanket or a rug that you want to turn into a sturdy planter. Dip it in the cement mixture so that it completely gets coated with a layer of the mixture. Once it is fully saturated, you can place it on the desired mold to give it a specific shape. Use a bucket to give it the desired shape and pattern.
# Setting up the shape of the cloth
You can use a bucket as a mold that give the desired shape and pattern to the cloth. Place the cement-draped cloth over the bucket and start swirling it in a specific shape you like. Now leave it under the sun for drying.
# Take out the cement planter
Once the cloth draped in cement is completely dry, you can take it out over the bucket carefully. Now, the cement planter is fully ready. You can also add some paint on the exterior for a unique touch.
# Add plants
Finally, plant some green shrubs or flowers in the concrete planter, and place it anywhere in around your house. The making process is very simple but you need to devote time in setting up swirls of the cloth dipped in cement.
Making these DIY cement planters can be a great weekend project but you need to be careful while working with cement. You can check out a video tutorial below.