Concrete Pots

I like things that are a bit different and unexpected. Concrete pots happen to fall under both of those categories. I’ve been looking to add a few plants here and there throughout the house, but I wanted something that was a bit different to the traditional house plant.

Succulents and concrete pots were the perfect solution.

I love them! And they’re easy to make!

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s how to make them!

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

You will need:

- Portland Quikrete

- Perlite

- Sphagnum Peat Moss

- Water

- Cooking Spray

- Plastic Containers

- Mixing Bucket & Paint Stir Stick

First, start by mixing equal amounts of portland quikrete, perlite and peat moss. Mix as much as you want, as long as the amounts are even.

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

Mix all ingredients together, then add enough water to make a wet cottage cheese-ish mixture. Precise, I know!

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

Spray the plastic containers with cooking spray, making sure to coat them really well.

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, begin filling the outside plastic container with an inch of concrete. Place the smaller container in the middle and use the paint stir stick to scoop and pack the mixture into the sides. Pack tightly and smooth off the top.

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

Allow the concrete to dry at least 24 hours before removing the inner container.

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

After another 24 to 36 hours, remove the outer container. Let the concrete sit at least 72 hours to a week before using. The concrete will lighten as it dries.

Once it’s dried, you can drill a hole in the bottom for drainage. I didn’t, because I planned on planting succulents, which take little water. If you plan on planting something that takes a lot of water, I would definitely drill a hole in the bottom to allow for drainage.

They look so cool!

Concrete Pots by the Wood Grain Cottage

I love all that awesome texture. The perlite and peat moss mix beautifully with concrete and that’s what gives the pits and crumble appearance.

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

I really love the soft gray color too!

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

And the succulents are just perfect with them!

Concrete Pots by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’m putting one in the laundry room, and I think the other one will find it’s home in the powder bathroom.

Concrete Pots by The Wood Gain Cottage

It’s those little touches that really make a huge impact, and I’m loving this simple concrete project that looks big!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Christine King says:

    I can just hear my husband, ” What are you making from that blog you read now!” LOL.. I do love to try some of your projects~so creative! Now if I could get him to build me a shed out back to spruce up!

  2. These are really pretty Shayna! :-)
    I always wanted to try making these and now I just might! :-) & I really love decorating my house with succulents as well, they don’t require a lot of water and they are pretty too!
    wish you a great day!

  3. I can now add one more project to my list of things I would like to do! :) Super Easy and Super cute! :)

  4. Funny, you were making ‘em & I was spraying ‘em!!! I put my house # on an old planter pot & spray painted it…nice, crisp gloss white:) Looks good…like your babies!!! Must be twins…lol;)
    Blessings & <3
    M

  5. If you want to see some unique planters made from concrete then check out my partners creations…..woodland bark effect planters, stepping stones, vases and cactus planters. Available from http://www.simplyhandmade.co.uk/cmrcreations.html

  6. I LOVE these! Can’t wait to make some! Are these pots any heavier than a pottery style pot of same size?

    Any idea, roughly, how much one pot used, of said ingredients?

    I am thinking bigger………like anywhere from 8 – 10 inches. I wonder how easy it would be to drill a hole…..or add something in the bottom to make a drainage hole. I won’t be using succulents presently, and if so, would the added water from “watering” cause the pot to degrade faster? Since you just made, them, you probably have no idea…..but I wanted to ask anywhere.

    I love them………very much!

    Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne! THANK YOU so much for the super sweet comment!
      The pots are a little bit heavier than normal and the bigger you make them, the heavier they will be. To measure the ingredients, I used a 24 oz plastic sour cream container. I filled the container twice with each ingredient. I’ve also used the same supplies to make 2 pumpkins, as well as the pots, and there is still a bunch left of each item.
      For drainage, it would be simple to drill a few small holes (or 1 large) in the bottom of the pots. I don’t think the excess water for regular plants would harm them. I planted mums in my concrete pumpkins (link below) and they have held up great to constant watering. They will darken, but the outside dries out pretty fast.
      I hope that answers your questions! Let me know if you have anymore! :)
      -Shayna

      http://www.thewoodgraincottage.com/2013/09/16/concrete-pumpkins/

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