This week I made one of my favorite projects ever: simple cement succulent pots.
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I stumbled upon this idea while looking for teacher gifts – something that I could afford to give to a number of teachers.
The process was very simple. I collected cartons for the square shape I was going for, cut them down to size, and lightly rubbed cooking oil on the inside of the larger container, and outside of the inside container. I don’t know if this was necessary, but I didn’t want to risk breaking a pot after it hardened.
Please forgive the image quality, my tutorial photos are down and dirty iPhone images.
Then, mixed 4 equal parts of cement-all mix and just a bit more than 1 part water. I mixed it until it had no lumps, and was the consistency of a thin pancake batter. I poured the cement into each of my three cartons, then tapped them on the ground a couple of times to reduce bubbles.
I put canned foods inside of the smaller containers to use as weights, then I carefully placed them into the cement-filled containers. These seemed sufficiently hard within an hour, but I waited for three hours before ripping the cartons off of the cement pots.
I loved them just like this, but I wanted to do a little something extra. I just gave it a light spray of white spray paint in a basic geometric print.
I filled them with inexpensive succulents from Home Depot, and added a cute tag I found online.
I definitely plan to make a set for myself – and I’m trying to dream up another project or two to make from cement. Any ideas? Please let me know in the comments below. Cheers!