DIY Cement Planters and Garden Globes

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Hello Remodelaholics! Today I’m back with a really fun diy project. All you need is some cement mix, molds (aka old dishes or containers) and your imagination.  The sky’s the limit with what you can do with this project. 

I’ve been wanting to do some really big cement planters for under my new garage lights for some time now but I decided to see if I could successfully make a smaller scale model before I tackle the larger version.

DIY Cement Planters via Remodelaholic.com

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 Ta-da!

Supplies

To get started on your DIY cement planters, you’ll need some cement mix.  (Make sure you get cement and not concrete mix).  Depending on how smooth or textured you want your end result to look you can add Peat Moss and/or Perlite to your mixture but those things are totally optional.  I found some really great cement recipes on the Garden Glove that you can experiment with.

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For my mixture I went for a semi-textured look so used one part peat moss to one part cement.  The amount of water is an eyeball thing.  What I figured out is the more water you use the thinner and more runny the consistency (duh).  The result of a runnier mixture is that you have less air bubbles which makes for a smoother finish but it takes a LONG TIME to cure and harden. I mixed everything in a big bucket and added water a little at a time until the mixture seemed right.  At first I used a long paint stir stick but that became time consuming and I ended up just sticking my hand in (make sure and wear a rubber glove) and got good and dirty.

When experimenting with using cement for the first time I decided to try my hand at several different projects.  I really just wanted to do some small planters but while treasure hunting at a thrift store I found a light fixture with three glass fixtures at a thrift store for $5.00.  Garden Glove featured Garden Balls (that almost sounds naughty) made out of glass globes so I decided to give it a try. 

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After filling the globes with my cement mixture I gave them several good thumps to help it settle and release air bubbles.  After it had dried for about 24 hours I put the one globe at a time in a garbage bag, and gently tapped it on the sidewalk to break the glass away from the cement sphere inside.  Wear gloves to remove excess glass.

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IMG_1429To my surprise it worked! The snow literally just melted, otherwise I would have put them in a bed of foliage but for now…dead, frozen winter ground is the best I could give you.

Now this is where working with cement gets fun.  Anything you can think of you can pretty much create with cement.  I’ve collected old jars, glasses, etc. that I used for my cement molds.  You could even use milk cartons, old plastic food containers, you name it, you could probably use it.  Make sure to coat the mold generously with cooking spray so it will release when ready.  If not, you’ll have to break your containers to get your creation out.

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One of the other reasons I would recommend using a runnier mixture is this situation right here.  I used a rather clumpy/thick mixture which caused the edges that were exposed to never self-level and I was left with uneven lip.  Luckily I was able to catch it before it was totally dry and I used a knife to shave down the edge smooth.

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IMG_1398More shaving on this one.

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Perfect personalized, inexpensive gift!

If you’d like to see more you can also check out directions on making Hypertufa pots posted on Remodelaholic.

If you liked this project you’ll definitely like our DIY Terrarium with complete instructions!

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 To see more projects and renovations from 4men1lady, hop on over to our blog!

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Let your yard’s flora shine with some of these other DIY planter ideas:

Cinder Block Planter
(plus more cement home and garden ideas)
concrete block planter and serving table, Hunted Interior

Stenciled Wooden Planter
(plus more hexagon projects)
build and stencil a hexagon box planter, Pepper Design Blog

Mailbox Trellis Planter
(and more mailbox DIYs)
diy trellis mailbox, Lowe's Creative Ideas

Porch Planter with House Number
(and more friendly porch ideas) 
welcoming house number planter box, The Scrap Shoppe

About 

Hi all you Remodelaholic enthusiasts! My name is Michelle Hinckley and I blog at 4Men1Lady. As a wife and mother living with 4 men I long for all things neat and pretty. My hobbies include scouring the market for cool pieces of furniture, figuring out how I can replicate something high end for inexpensive and cleaning my house (yes, cleaning my house). I'm in constant pursuit of bringing beauty to a house full of men!

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Comments

  1. says

    I absolutely LOVE these concrete planters. The pitted and imperfect look has always looked perfect to me. I will make a few more this spring and color wash them or use a concrete stain.
    Thanks for the reminder. I’ve made these for gifts and never made one for myself. hmm…

    JaG

  2. says

    These are so cool! And so simple:) Thanks for sharing them. Definitely going to look at doing this once the snow melts (yes, that’s right, we still have snow here:*(

    -V

  3. Kristin says

    OK this is the best tutorial for these cement planters, Martha Stewart’s is not even close to helpful. Thanks for the tips you added, I’m excited to try these!

  4. Lindsey says

    Hi,

    Wow great advice, I just tried using a runnier mixture but there is a film or water sitting on the top… is this normal?

    • Dani says

      If cement cures too fast or too slow (mostly depends on weather) it can crack. You can use wire screen material or chicken wire (for larger projects) or burlap ( for smaller projects) like you use re-bar for pouring a slab. It should prevent most cracking but if you do still get some your project will hold together.

  5. Tanya says

    These are awesome. i would paint them in funky colours and match flower colours to the paint. do you put holes in for drainage?

  6. denise says

    I’ve made the cement globes before and spray painted them with ‘mirror finish’ spray paint. they are really pretty gazing balls at that point.

  7. GardeNerd says

    it would be fun to embellish the rims too- stones or broken crockery or sea shells, marbles, buttons, colored glass -whatever trips your trigger. I’m going to try some!

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