How to Make Concrete Planters: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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Melinda Meservy

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This article was co-authored by Melinda Meservy. Melinda Meservy is a Plant Specialist and the Owner of Thyme and Place, a botanical boutique offering plants and gifts in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before starting her own business, Melinda worked in process and business improvement and data analytics. Melinda earned a BA in History from the University of Utah, is trained in lean and agile methodologies, and completed her Certified Professional Facilitator certification. Thyme and Place offers indoor plants and containers, a fully stocked potting bench, and tips on plants to suit your space and lifestyle. This article has been viewed 321,527 times.

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Updated: October 29, 2022

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To make a simple concrete planter, get a pair of rectangular boxes of slightly different sizes. The smaller box should be about 2 inches (5 cm) shorter on each side than the bigger one. Wrap the smaller box in a plastic garbage bag and tape the bag in place. Measure up 2 inches (5 cm) from the inside bottom of the larger box and draw a line at that level all around the inside of the container. Coat the inside of the larger box with cooking spray to keep the concrete from sticking. Pour concrete into the bottom of the larger box up to the level of the line you drew, then set the smaller container inside the larger one. Fill the smaller box with stones or sand to keep it from floating around, then pour more concrete into the space between the sides of the two containers. Let the concrete cure for a full day, then carefully pull the smaller container out of the mold. Flip the larger container upside down to release the planter. Paint or decorate the planter however you like. For tips on decorating your finished planters, read on!

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