Easy DIY Concrete Succulent Planter

Does using concrete intimidate you? It certainly scared me before I tried it, and let me tell you, it is wayyy easier than I thought it would be!

There are just a few simple steps, and if you’re going to make this planter, or other smaller projects, I highly recommend Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix! It seriously only took a few hours for the concrete to harden enough for me to take it out of the mold. A 50lb bag is $5, so I’m thinking I’ll be doing A LOT more concrete projects in my future.

For this project, I made a quick video to show you how easy it is to get this done, so check it out below!

For written instructions, follow the tutorial below to see how I made my concrete succulent planter, and to see if it’s something you’d like to get your hands into.

Materials:

 

Tools Used:

  • Plastic mixing bowl
  • Wood stick for mixing
  • Measuring cup

 

Step 1: Mix your concrete

  • A simple 1 to 3 ratio of water to concrete is all you need to mix your concrete.
  • For this project I did about 3 cups of concrete to about 1 cup of water. You want the concrete to have a kind of wet pudding consistency.
  • Just measure and pour each ingredient into your mixing bowl and stir with a wooden stick.

Step 2: Pour mixture into mold

  • With your paper milk carton cut down, you can pour the concrete in and let it settle.

 

Step 3: Hollow center

  • Immediately after pouring the concrete you want to use something to hollow out the center where your plants will go. I found a small plastic food storage cup that worked perfectly with this project. It sat about a half an inch inside the mold, so there was still a decently thick wall to hold the plants in. You can use anything you can find lying around your home that is slightly smaller than the milk carton mold!
  • Just make sure that you don’t put what you’re using in too deep, because you want to have a decently thick concrete bottom.
  • You can weigh your inside cup down with anything you have! I used some water, but if that doesn’t weigh it down enough, you can use rocks, or anything else small and heavy.

 

Step 4: Cure and take it out!

  • Now all you need to do is let the concrete harden. Like I said before, it only took a few hours for this Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete to harden enough to take it out of the mold! If you know me, you know that products that have the word “fast” in them tend to catch my eye.
  • Once it’s ready, you can peel the milk carton off of the concrete. You will probably have to just tear it off, but don’t worry, it comes off easily.
  • The little plastic cup was a little bit harder to take out, but it only took like 30 seconds of wiggling it to get it free.

Step 5: Fill your planter!

  • Since succulents are so dang easy to take care of and keep alive, I didn’t put a drainage system in the planter. I have just been sure to not over water them, and they have done great! It has been a month since I made this planter, and my succulents are still thriving.

I hope you found this helpful, and let me know if you take the plunge using concrete for the first time!

-Whitney

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