How To Make A Colored Cement Planter: in Pink!

Add white and red concrete pigment to color your DIY cement planter.

A pink colored cement planter? Yes! Have you been dying to learn how to make colored concrete or cement planters?

Sometimes we concrete people need some color in our lives, right?

pink cement succulent planter

You make pink cement by adding a pigment to it. In this case, I used a red powdered pigment, specifically made for cement. You can also make pink cement by using a red or pink acrylic paint or latex.

Just adding a bit of pigment to concrete can have a big effect on your project. 

I seriously was dreaming of pink planters and I wouldn’t call myself a ‘girly, girl’, or even close really, but I do actually love pink.

I managed to toss some color into another set of planters I made not long ago- my mini Magnetic Cement Succulent Planters and did some subtle marbling effects. 

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This time I wanted to go full-out and do the whole cement planter in one color. Adding pigments to cement is kind of fascinating.

If you haven’t read the Concrete and Cement Pigments post yet, I recommend reading that first.

If you have read it, you may recall the tests I did showing how much colorant you need to add to achieve best color.

Also note that you do reach an actual saturation point where the color can’t get any brighter, darker, pinker, etc.

You also risk weakening the cement by adding too much.

This is a nice simple cement planter project, that comes out looking simple and beautiful.

DIY Cement Succulent Planter
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Of course, if you aren’t a pink fan, just substitute the pink with any other color. You may or may not want to add white to it.

And if you do love pink, the you must check out the fuschia colored Vibrant Dyed Concrete Planter.

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Materials For A Colored Cement Planter In Pink

materials for DIY pink cement planter
materials for pink cement planter

Before starting the tutorial, it may be helpful to read my post comparing the different concrete mixes- Cement & Concrete Crafts Tests!

Another important article is Making Cement Crafts Techniques & Tips with info on cement materials, mixture consistencies, demolding, safety and clean up!

Tutorial Steps For How To Make A Colored Cement Planter in Pink!

Step 1. Create The Colored Planter Drainage Hole

straw glued to bottom of cement mold

Heat up the glue gun to a low temp and then cut a ½” piece off the straw and then apply the hot glue to each open end.

Now glue one end to the center bottom of the inner mold. 

If you use the same containers I have, then the plastic ball half will end up being flush with the top of the outer container, so you won’t have to mark the stopping point.

The inner cement mold will just sit right on top of the straw.

If you have different containers, then place your inner mold on top of the straw and mark the location on the inner mold where it stops.

You want to make sure it is touching the straw and not smushing it down. 

Have you seen my post on the Concrete Pigment Tests? I wrote it after this tutorial and found some other mediums to use for coloring concrete.

I recommend checking it out before starting this portion of the tutorial.

Step 2. Make The Cement Pink With Pigment And Add To The Cement

dry pigmented cement mix

Pour in about 1 ½ cups of cement into the disposable bowl.

To get a color similar to mine, add 1 teaspoon of red pigment and 3 teaspoons of white.

Now mix these together well (I just used my gloved hands).

The mixture will appear as though it has very little color, but you will see it has plenty of color once you add water. 

pink cement mix for planter

*You can test the color to see if it’s the color you want by adding a small bit to another bowl and adding water.

Adjust your colors as necessary, but don’t add more than 4 teaspoons of color total or you risk weakening the cement.

Step 3. Cast The Colored Cement

When the color is to your liking, add water and mix well, ensuring there are no lumps. Your consistency should be like a wet mud pie.

Scoop the cement and colorant mixture into the outer container, and then shake and tap to settle the cement and get air bubbles out.

insert inner mold into outer

Now take the inner mold and center it within the bowl and push down until it’s flush or until you hit the mark you created as your stopping point.

Use something to weigh down the inner mold to keep it in place. You can remove the weights after about 10 minutes if you’d like.

weight down pink planter cement

Let the cement cure a minimum of 2 hours. If you want this to be shiny, you should wait about 4 hours.

The thicker the sides are, the longer it takes. With the containers I used, to get the cement planter shiny, it would have been at least 4 hours.

I demolded after about 2 ½ hours, after it had cooled down, which made it matte instead of shiny.

Step 4. Demold The Pink Colored Cement Planter

After your pink planter has cured, use a heat gun to release it. With the containers I used, I was able to pull out the inner mold by hand.

For the outer cement mold, I flipped the bowl upside down and placed a towel underneath.

Using the heat gun, it took about 10-15 seconds on medium heat for the cement planter to drop down out of the bowl. 

Step 5. Sand the Top Edges Of The Pink Planter

Sand the top edges to remove anything sharp with a 220 grit sanding sponge. Do this as soon as you demold the planter so that it will be easier.

The cement continues curing after demolding and it becomes harder.

Now grab yourself some good succulent mix like the Bonsai Jack and Cactus Soil and give your plant a new home!

And for more inspiration, check out the post with 21 Unique DIY Concrete Planters you can make!

For other easy DIy cement projects, here are the 10 best beginner concrete crafts projects.

Do you love colored concrete? Take a look at this concrete planter made with a wood stain and this planter made with a cheap dye.

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planter with pink pigment for succulents
DIY Cement Succulent Planter

How To Make A Colored Cement Planter in Pink!

A DIY tutorial for making a colored cement planter. How to add pigment to a cement pot & make a mold for the drainage hole.

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy

Materials

Tools

  • Please see the full materials list above the tutorial.

Instructions

  1. Create The Drainage Hole For The Colored Planter
  2. Make The Cement Pink By Adding Pigment In With The Dry Cement Mix
  3. Cast The Colored Cement Into The Concrete Mold
  4. Remove The Pink Colored Cement Planter From The Mold
  5. Sand The Top Edges Of The Pink Planter And Plant

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10 Comments

  1. I love DIY working with cement I enjoyed by accident. But with all I have read today and seen I need to start gathering. my supplies.
    Thank you for sharing. I love the pink color.

  2. I just subscribed! I can’t wait to try this. It will be my first attempt working with cement to make my own succulent planters. Here goes…

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Good question. If you are planting succulents in cement or concrete planters, they should do great since they do prefer a somewhat alkaline soil. I almost never seal them. My succulents thrive in these planters. There are some people who will soak the planters in a water for a few days which will help leach out some alkalinity, but you shouldn’t need to do that with succulents. If I were putting other plants or herbs in them, I would probably seal them and soak them in water.

  3. I love your projects and instructions, Thank you so much!

    I want to make the ‘pink’ planter, but not in pink and for use as a birdbath. Do you think I need to seal the concrete? If yes, how is that done?
    Thank you so much!
    Ute

    1. Hi Ute,

      You are very welcome!

      Yes, you can just follow my bird bath tutorial. You can add any color to the mix, or leave it plain and paint it after. I would seal it so that it is easier to clean and keep clean. Acrylic paint works as a sealer or don’t paint it and just seal it. To seal it, use the same sealer (or similar) that I use in the tutorial. It is acrylic based and safe for birds.

      Good luck!