How to make a Concrete and Wood Planter

Hey, guys! Anika here again from Anika’s DIY Life sharing a project made with my new favorite medium – concrete. I have been experimenting with concrete lately and having a lot of fun with it! I started with a few concrete pumpkins and a mirrored concrete tray. Concrete planters are very popular right now and are easy to make! I decided to add a fun twist to mine by adding little wooden feet. Want to learn How to make a Concrete and Wood Planter?

If you have been thinking about making something with concrete, this is a great beginner project!



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1″ square dowel
Fast setting concrete
Box of your choice for the outside mold
A smaller box of your choice for the inside. (This should leave enough space around the sides to create a strong wall – at least ½” thick)
X-acto knife
Cooking spray
Medium grit sandpaper

Step 1 – Cut the square dowel into four 2″ pieces for the feet.

Step 2 – Mark the corners of the outer box where the dowels will fit. (As a side note, you have to try these toffees! They are AMAZING!)

Step 3 – Cut out the marked corners using the X-acto knife. It is important that the cuts are as accurate as possible to ensure a tight fit for the dowels.

Step 4 – Insert the dowels halfway into the openings. Spray the inside of the box with cooking spray.

Step 5 – Mix and pour the concrete into the box and set the smaller box in the middle. (You might need to add some weight into the smaller box to hold it down. I used a vegetable broth carton and put some rocks inside.)

Step 6 – Let the concrete cure for about 12-15 hours before removing the cardboard. The cardboard should peel off very easily if you used the cooking spray. Your planter will need a couple more days to dry completely

Step 7 – Once the planter has dried for 3-4 days, smooth out any uneven edges with a medium grit sandpaper.

You can paint the wood legs or add painted accents to the concrete if you wish. I chose to leave it plain because I am kind of digging the natural combination. Add your favorite plant (or faux-plant) and enjoy!

If you loved this concrete planter, be sure to take a look at my tiered concrete and copper planter. I have a few more concrete projects in the works too! Come follow along at MY DIY Life so you don’t miss them!

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