If you're tired of expensive, flimsy pots that tip over in a windstorm and freeze in the winter, consider making your own homemade concrete pots.
Once you devise a mold, you can make as many pots as you like. The sturdy flower or plants pots are inexpensive and will last for many years.
You will be surprised how fun, cheap and fast it is! Just follow a few simple steps as described bellow.
But first - some examples what amazing and unique things can be made:
LET'S DO IT?
|1.||Create a mold for your concrete flower pot. Use two identical containers, with one container
slightly larger than the other. For example, use two bowls or two buckets, as long as the smaller
container is at least an inch smaller than the larger container. You can also build square or
rectangular containers from plywood.
|2.||Coat the inside of the outer container and the outside of the inner container with
cooking oil or non-stick cooking spray. For wooden containers, use a paste wax.
|3.||Cut at least two or three pieces of 1-inch PVC pipe. The pieces of pipe, which will
be used to create drainage holes in the concrete pots, should be 2 inches (5.1 cm) long.
|4.||Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from the concrete mixture. Mix a batch
of quick-setting concrete, according to the directions on the package. Add concrete
color at this point, if desired.
|5.||Pour 2 inches (5.1 cm) of the concrete mixture into the larger container.
Poke the pieces of pipe into the concrete, with 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) between
each pipe. Smooth the concrete around the pieces of pipe, but be sure not to cover
the pipe, as the pipes must be left open to create the drainage holes.
|6.||Place the smaller container carefully on top of the concrete in the center of
the larger container. Press the smaller container into the concrete until the bottom
of the smaller container rests on top of the pipes.
|7.||Finish adding concrete mixture to the space between the larger and smaller
container. Bounce the container lightly on a hard surface to settle the concrete,
then add more to bring the concrete to the top of the container. Smooth the concrete
with a putty knife.
|8.||Allow the concrete to set for at least 24 hours, then remove the smaller
container to reveal your concrete pot. Mist the concrete pot lightly with a spray
bottle filled with cool water. Don't remove the larger container.
|9.||Cover the concrete pot with a large piece of plastic and allow the concrete
to set up for one week. Mist the concrete pot as often as needed to keep the
|10.||Thump the bottom of your concrete pot lightly but firmly with the heel of your
hand to dislodge the pot from the container, then slide the container from your
|11.||Clean the concrete mixture from the small and large container. The containers
can be used to make more concrete pots.
|12.||Finished. You did it!|
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