In a hurry? Here are 9 easy DIY concrete planters that can be made in Just an hour.
These quick concrete planters really can be made in one hour.
You may still need to wait a day for the concrete to cure, but most of these tutorials use the rapid setting and rapid curing cement mix, so the curing time is only one hour.
You’ll have a ready-made planter in two hours!
Why are these planters so quick to make? Because they don’t require too much fussing to make the molds.
Concrete planters can be made very quickly, it’s usually the mold that inhibits the ability to get these DIY planters made in under an hour.
How do you make a concrete planter? The general method used to make a homemade quick concrete planter is to take one part water and mix it with four parts cement.
How Do You Mix Cement And Concrete For Quick Concrete Pots?
To mix cement for pots, mix the water and cement until there are no lumps.
Depending on the mold you are using, you will want a consistency between a thick milkshake and peanut butter. If the walls of your mold are thin, then the consistency needs to be on the thinner side.
Next, you’ll pour the concrete or cement mixture into your mold and let it cure for the duration marked on the bag. This can be one hour or 24 hours, typically.
Once it has cured, remove the homemade concrete planter from the mold.
You may need a little troubleshooting when making a homemade cement planter. The most likely problem you may run into is that your concrete pots are cracking.
Why Do Cement Pots Crack?
Concrete and cement planters crack usually because either too much water was used in the mix, or weather conditions dried it too quickly.
And that made the cement or concrete contract, causing it to crack. This cracking problem is unrelated to how long it takes to make them.
To prevent cracking in cement pots, you can lightly mist them with water and wrap them in plastic while curing.
You can read more about troubleshooting concrete cracking issues in this post.
If you are wondering which cement is best for making pots, then you should understand the differences between the concrete and cement mixes.
Depending on the size of your DIY concrete planter, you may need a mix that contains more aggregate or a mix that needs to be smooth.
This article where I compared 6 different types of concrete crafts mixes, will explain this in-depth.
Pocket Guide to Concrete & Cement Mixes For Crafts
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Common Materials For Making Quick DIY Concrete Planters
Please see the individual tutorials for the complete list.
- Rapid set cement
- Disposable bowl
- Disposable cup
- Durable nitrile gloves– I like these because they are so durable, they can be reused
- Safety glasses
- Safety mask– rated for silica dust