If you love DIY projects, these DIY Concrete Planters are a fun and easy way to dress up a porch, deck or patio. Enjoy!
These small concrete planters are the perfect way to dress up your balcony or deck. They’re completely customizable so you can create the size and shape you need to transform the look of your outdoor space.
DIY Concrete Planters
Bag of concrete
Stir stick or pole
Containers to use as molds
Masking or painters tape
Gold spray paint
Clear coat spray paint
1. Determine which containers you will use as the outer molds and which you will use inside the mold to form the planter area. We used a large clear pretzel container, an old beach bucket, large plastic cups, water bottles and an old baby bottle. Gather all of your materials together before you begin. Besides the containers we used for the molds, I purchased everything for this DIY project at my local hardware store.
2. Mix the concrete according to the package directions. It’s easier to mix small amounts at a time if mixing by hand. We mixed layer upon layer, stirring with a hoe, until the concrete was completely mixed.
3. Fill your containers with the desired amount of concrete and immediately push the smaller container down into the center to make the plant area. Add rocks or water to the smaller container to weigh it down, if needed.
4. Let the concrete dry for several hours, then turn the inside container back and forth to loosen it for easier removal later. Once it turns back and forth freely, leave it in place until the concrete has completely dried.
5. Once the concrete has dried completely, remove the molds from the inside and outside. Use a utility knife if needed to cut the molds away from the concrete.
6. Determine how you want to paint the outside of the planters. Tape off the areas of each mold that you want to remain unpainted. Make sure the tape is pressed down firmly so the paint does not seep under the edge.
7. Spray paint the planters with light even strokes. Do not bring the spray paint too close the planters or spray too thickly or the paint may drip and seep. Add several light coats until you have the desired color of paint, then allow the paint to dry.
8. Remove the tape and spray the planters with the clear coat spray. Cover the entire planters to protect them from weather elements.
9. Add your favorite plants and flowers and enjoy!