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Concrete Planters

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It’s going to be sixty degrees today! What-what! Looks like yard work weather is upon us. I went to the garden center this weekend to pick up some flower beds and a few new planters for the balcony (this is finally happening!).

I found a few big boxwoods on sale and some pretty flowers for planting around the playhouse. And I wasn’t sure if I had gone crazy when I was tempted by these flamingos.  #notAprilfoolsing

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There were some really beautiful concrete planters at Lowes that I loved, but they were pretty pricey. So I bought a bag of concrete instead thinking I could come up with a DIY. When I got home I found this easy tutorial from BHG. It’s just too good not to copy. :)

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The basic idea is to use an interesting container for the outside shape with something basic and smaller inside.
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Aren’t these pretty? I’m really loving the sort of corrugated edged ones especially.

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Have you ever done any concrete work? I’ve not done much yet, but I have at least three big projects using concrete planned for this year so I have a feeling I’m going to get a lot more comfortable with this stuff before long. :)
What did you think?
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40 thoughts on “Concrete Planters

  1. I tried this last summer and it really is as easy as it looks! The only thing I found difficult was drilling drainage holes, no fun, so I'd really recommend using a cork or foam in the bottom as they recommend at the end of the instructions.
    Best of luck in your outdoor projects!

  2. Qwikcrete makes a concrete for countertops that weighs a whole lot less. I'd return the concrete and get the countertop mix. 'jus sayin, Oh the frost date is May 15.

  3. Qwikcrete makes a concrete for countertops that weighs a whole lot less. I'd return the concrete and get the countertop mix. 'jus sayin, Oh the frost date is May 15.

  4. Hey Jenny,

    You can buy the little plastic containers with corrugated sides from The Container Store for like $3. I have one from there. I wanted to try this project but never got around to it.

  5. my mom did a similar project – not planters per se. but she used hosta leaves to create little bird feeders. they are so perfect and look great. it was definitely worth the work vs. buying something made!

  6. Everything sets quickly so make sure you're project is all set up ahead of time before you mix. You can also dye the concrete or add stuff for a different look- shells, twigs, dried moss, rocks. And make sure you think about clean up. Anything spilled or dripped sets too. And of course don't go near a drain indoors or out.

  7. Who can't love a girl who just "picks up a bag of concrete" mix & then goes home & uses it right away! The planters turned out great!! I want a big planter…wonder if I could use an old plastic garbage can as a mould…what do u think?

  8. I love the flamingos – you should definitely get some! My mom used to lead a craft at summer camp that was using bits of broken pottery and colored glass to make concrete stepping stones. You lay down the pattern (in reverse) in like a pie pan I think, then poured the concrete over. It was always fun to see how the designs turned out. I'm sure you could do something similar with planters (even along the top edge once the concrete has set up enough to hold them up?

  9. Hmmm… Are they any Home Goods in the city, or do you have to venture east for that? There's gotta be one in Nassau near Brooklyn, if nothing else. They have HUGE outdoor planters this time of year for a song. In fact, I'm fixing to head out to my Suffolk Cty Home Goods tomorrow for that exact reason! I imagine doing something super huge in concrete might be a bit unwieldy. If you want to go big, I can't recommend Home Goods enough for budget savvy planters.

  10. My girls were on errands with me one day a couple of years ago. The manager at one of the businesses said that they were getting rid of flamingos they had been using in their display and offered them to my children. The girls grabbed them all, put them in the back of the car, and we have had a flamingo flock migrating around our yard every summer since. They are cute, fun, and so kitschy.

  11. My girls were on errands with me one day a couple of years ago. The manager at one of the businesses said that they were getting rid of flamingos they had been using in their display and offered them to my children. The girls grabbed them all, put them in the back of the car, and we have had a flamingo flock migrating around our yard every summer since. They are cute, fun, and so kitschy.

  12. Concrete Flamingos were apparently all the rage in the 40s: I have two in glorious pink thanks to my grandmother. Your post has me thinking it's time to dust them off & give 'em some respect :)

  13. Concrete planters are definitely on my To-DIY list this spring. Got my seeds germinating (hopefully) in the windowsill for the last week or two. Going to need a home for them once they sprout. I love the economy of the DIY concrete planter – pound for pound the cheapest DIY out there I would guess.

  14. Hi Jenny – I think you did an amazing job with these – and I'd LOVE to include this in an upcoming DIY post to my blog this Tuesday. You are one talented gal – and I LOVE your page! Pls let me know if that's okay!

    I also tried to comment on the amazing dresser you scored "thrift" shopping, but couldn't for some reason. I wanted to let you know that I shared your gorgeous score on my fb page as well – it's truly a real beauty! Great eye! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Organically-Opulent/155838211246867

    Cortney @www.organicallyopulent.com

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