DIY Concrete Planter

Monthly Home Depot Gift Challenge day is here! It seems like just yesterday I was revealing my 2×4 project to you–this month has flown by!

home depot graphicThis month’s item was concrete, which proved to be more difficult than I thought it was going to be. It was definitely a learning experience, but in the end I’m in love with my DIY concrete planter, so the struggles were worth it πŸ™‚

diy concete planterIsn’t she a beauty? And want to know the best part about it? This gorgeous concrete planter is made from an old towel.

That’s right, you read that correctly.

An old towel.

Isn’t crafting amazing?!

DIY concrete planterMaterials needed:

– 1/2 bag of QUIKRETE
– 1 mixing stick for concrete
– water, accordingly
– 2 5-gallon buckets
– 1 towel

diy concrete planterThe steps to this project are extremely basic, and I’ll tell you my errors in the process so that you don’t run into them yourself.

For this project you’ll want to wear rubber gloves: I hear concrete poisoning isn’t too pretty!

First, fill half of a 5-gallon bucket with concrete (you’ll want to mix it with enough water to make it a little soupier than normal, but not too runny).

diy concrete planterTake an old towel (I used a raggedy tan towel I found in our linen closet), and take a second 5-gallon bucket and flip it upside down. Lay the towel over the bucket to test the length of the towel. You’ll want the ends to just be touching the ground, but you don’t want too much excess. If your towel is too long, cut some of the length off on either side. Keep measuring the towel on your bucket until you get the size you desire.

Put your towel into the concrete bucket. Keep mixing your towel around and cover every single centimeter of it in concrete. This is the most important step–my towel had a few spots not covered in concrete, and you ended up seeing those spots in the final product.

Once your entire towel is covered in the concrete slush, drape it over the upside down bucket. Move it around and make sure the sides are even and laid out how you want them to look.

diy concrete planterIf you see any bare spots, now is the time to take some concrete and patch those spots.

Let the planter dry for 24-48 hours. Once completely dry, remove the bucket from the concrete towel. (EDIT** Drill two holes in the bottom of the planter for drainage.)

Flip the planter right-side up. Fill with soil and a plant. Display proudly!

diy concrete planter

concrete planter 1I absolutely love the way this DIY concrete planter turned out–it really adds a creative and personal touch to our front doorway. I especially love how simple and affordable it is! By using a towel and buckets that I had on hand, the only expense was the concrete, which is less than $5! Can’t beat that!

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Now do me a favor and go check out the other amazing DIY concrete projects from this month’s challenge. It’s amazing what you can do with concrete! Click on an image below to be taken to the tutorial.

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    • Linda says

      I noticed that you made a couple of concrete plant pots with towels. I have followed the recipe on DIY but it does not say what type of Quikrite to use . I used the one with small rocks in it and was difficult to mix. Of course the rocks fell off and I was left with what the photo looks like ( they are drying now). What kind of quickrite did you use. Should it be smooth with no rocks in it? Please reply as I want to make more, but I need advise. Thanks Linda

      • Catherine Elsby says

        linda–I did use the kind with rocks in it. I love the texture it adds. I assume you can use other kinds of quikrite as well if you don’t like working with rocks.

        • Dorilyn Pazera says

          Have you thought of adding food coloring to the water/concrete mixture to color the pots? Just thought about that when I saw this project on Facebook today. I want to try this project and may be adventurous on one & try the food color to see how it turns out.

          • Catherine Elsby says

            I would love to see how it turns out! They also sell colored concrete, if you wanted to try that.

        • Catherine Elsby says

          Darlene–the amount of concrete is important. You really need to soak your planter in concrete. If yours was too wimpy you may need to add another layer of concrete next time. The amount of soil you add will depend on how big your planter is & what kind of plants you’re adding.

        • Teri says

          DARLENE the potting soil does not get mixed with the concrete mixture .it is strictly the concrete mix plus water. You use the potting soil AFTER the concrete is dried and set. The. You put the potting soil in the planter with a plant.

  1. says

    This is AWESOME!
    I think I’ll try it and I think it would very cool to have moss grow in the creases and folds –
    moss can be ‘grown’ by finding a bit of moss, mix it with a bit of buttermilk,
    spread it on the pot and leave it in a shady spot for a week or 2.

  2. Deborah Martin says

    What a great planter. Did you use anything on the upside down bucket to help the planter release from it and not get stuck?

  3. Carrie says

    I saw examples that looked painted – was the concrete colored or was it painted afterwards? And, if painted, what kind of paint?

    I love this – what a creative idea!
    Thank you.

  4. says

    I bought the same concrete mix that you did Catherine. Was yours very rocky? From the look at the picture where you were showing how thick it should be I didn’t see any rocks? Just tried to make one and all the rocks stayed in the bucket. What did I do wrong???

  5. says

    I can safely say I would never have thought to making old towels into concrete things like flower pots. It seems like it’s a better use than just throwing it all away when you no longer want to keep using them. I wonder if there are other things that could be used in a similar fashion that just get wasted.

  6. says

    That is a really creative way to use concrete. I definitely like the idea that some other commenters brought up about using colored concrete. While it’s already a unique planter, adding some color to it would let you fit the planter into any part of your home or garden. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Catherine Elsby says

      I’m really not sure, since I haven’t experimented. It would be interesting to play around though!

  7. says

    I love the concrete planter that you created. Stamped concrete seems like a great option to making your concrete look cute and unique. I like your tip about wearing rubber gloves to protect your skin for the concrete.

  8. says

    Some cuts are needed for removal of some concrete parts on a renovation or repair. You can always contact professionals if you don’t have the right equipment or not sure what you’re doing. Some people just cut concrete parts and shape them the way they want. Of course those needs proper equipment and some companies do those.

  9. says

    I have been making these for a few years, but I use Quikrete brand but Portland Cement. It is like talcum powder and I believe you get a much better outcome. I have some videos on my blog about this.

  10. Ivana Novkov says

    Hello from Sweden!
    Just like it! And I have made some too. But what are you jusing to make them watherpro? I woult like to have them inside in the window not only for the garden. So whth to juse?

    • Marie says

      Hi , you might try sealing your concrete planter with grout sealer . I would coat the inside and outside. It comes in a spray bottle, or you can use a paint brush to apply it if u get a regular bottle of sealer . I mosaic a lot of outdoor things like bowling balls and buckets and I seal it after I grout to make them waterproof , same theory as the tile in a shower stall . Hope this helps

  11. says

    Wow! This is so neat. What a great way to add personal touch with concrete. I really like when you can re-purpose products around the house – it’s the best feeling!

  12. Joan Williams says

    I love the idea but wasn’t it suppose to have some adhesive added to the concrete mixture? I have seen this before and wondered why adhesive. This I will try because I wasn’t sure about the adhesive part before and you didn’t have it in your supplies. Thanks for the great idea….love it!

    • kathy says

      After adjusting the dry towel on the bucket, I put a couple holes in the towel for drainage. Then I mixed it in the concrete. Eliminated drilling the finished pot.

  13. Lisa Menden says

    I have made several of these but I’m having a problem with the ends of the towel when laid over the bucket become smooth on the underside, they don’t resemble a towel they are flat. Could this be because the cement is too thin and it runs under the towel when flat?

  14. Catherine Elsby says

    Are they lying on the ground? If so you may need to move it to a higher height so it can dry without touching the ground.


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