Concrete Planter

Create a unique garden planter using concrete, cooking spray, and your choice of forms. And why stop there? Watch our video for additional garden accessories you can make using this technique.

Concrete Planter

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Gather your forms (we used 3- and 5-gallon [11.36 L and 18.93 L] buckets). Use cooking spray to coat the inside of the large bucket and the outside of the small bucket.

Coat the bucket with cooking spray.

Step 2: Mix concrete in a tub (wear rubber gloves and a mask) following package directions.

Mix the concrete in a tub.

Step 3: Pour the mixture into the large bucket to about the halfway mark. Slide the small bucket into the centre of the large bucket and push down to within 2 inches [5.08 cm] of the bottom.

Push the small bucket down into the large bucket.

Step 4: Use bricks, stones, or sand to weight the small bucket. Secure the weighted small bucket with duct tape so it doesn’t rise.

Secure the bricks with duct tape.

Step 5: Remove the weights after 48 hours. Slit the inside of the small bucket and remove. Slit the outside of the large bucket and remove.

Remove the large bucket.

Step 6: Use a masonry bit to drill a hole in the side or bottom of the container for drainage.

Drill a hole in the garden planter for drainage.

PROJECT DETAILS

Skill Level: Beginner

Estimated Cost: $24 + plants

Time Estimate: 1 hour + drying time

Get It at Lowe’s:

  • Quikrete concrete mix, 80-pound [36.29 kg] bag, #10385
  • Encore Plastics 5-gallon [18.93 L] E-Z Grip Mix ‘n’ Measure pail, #4853
  • United Solutions 3.5-gallon [13.25 L] E-Z Grip pail, #166396
  • MacCourt high-density polyethylene all-purpose tub, #19251
  • 3M utility duct tape, #331933

Other Supplies:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Mask
  • Drill and masonry bit
  • Utility knife
  • Bricks, rocks, or sand
  • Cooking spray

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