How to make Cement Pots

Jan 04 2017
How to make Cement Pots

Last night I finished my new vision board for 2017. I made one last year and almost everything I put on it came true. I traveled the world, made new happy memories, got my babies into the school they wanted, spent Christmas at home, and finalized a very long and difficult chapter of my life. This year I want to start fresh so I kept the same board and took certain things off and added new dreams. I was a little more specific with what I want this time around. I wrote down where I want to be by the end of the year and what I want to accomplish. I added where I want to travel and the type of people I want to make memories with. I even added pictures and little drawings Lily made for the board. I am excited for a new year with new memories, new stories, more laughs, less tears, and new blessings. 

We made new DIY cement pots today for all my succulents. Going to be honest - I'm kind of in love with them. They are super easy to make and they look pretty damn good. Fresh new flower pots for a fresh new year. Scroll down for the tutorial.

DIY Cement Pots
What you need
Plastic gloves
A paper or plastic mold (we used a 2½ qt heavy duty paper paint pail and put a smaller pail inside)
Vegetable oil (if using plastic)
Newspaper or plastic
Activated charcoal (or pebbles/stones)
Potting soil
1. Working outside, cover your work area with newspaper or plastic if desired. Remove the bag of cement from the container. Add half of the cement mix back into the container combining with water per instructions on package. We mixed by hand while wearing gloves.
2. Once the proper consistency is reached scoop cement into your mold pressing it to the bottom and sides. We used a paper mold so we could cut the paper and peel it off easily. (TIP: You can also use a simple plastic mold, but you must coat the sides with vegetable oil to remove the cement pot.) Smooth the cement with your hands around the sides and place smaller pail in center and press down firmly. Fill in any gaps between the two containers and bring the cement level with the top of the outside pail. Smooth top edge and set aside for about 3 hours.
3. Remove the inside pail very carefully, folding in the sides slowly. The cement will still be wet so using a metal hand scraper or butter knife, scrape the cement to make it uniform and thin if desired. (You can also poke a small drainage hole in the center of the bottom at this time. Let harden overnight (at least 12 hours) before removing from outside pail.
4. If you choose not to make a drainage hole, place a drainage layer of activated charcoal in the bottom of the cement pot. This will help with water absorption if you accidently over-water. Use potting soil as needed for your plant.


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