If you haven’t noticed, I have been a little absent here on the blog the last few weeks. I have tried to pop in with at least a few projects, but I’ll be honest, I am trying to take a small break to be more present with my kids this summer. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have project ideas coming to me like crazy. I do. I am writing them down to try as soon as I get a chance. But sometimes they just seem so fun that I have to try them out and share them. These DIY asymmetrical concrete planters are one of those projects. I was playing around with concrete and molding it in different shapes while fullfilling orders for my gradient planters, and after a little experimentation, I created these colorful planters. I am so obsessed!
–White concrete (you can use regular too, but I love the white)
-Metal or Silicone bowls and loaf pan (I used a sphere cake pan to create the bowl shaped one)
–Plastic ball pit ball cut in half
-Mixing bowl and spoon
–Acrylic craft paint
Begin by mixing up your concrete. You can follow the package directions to just add water slowly and stir until it resembles pancake batter. If you are using a silicone mold, you can pour the concerete directly into the mold. For a metal bowl or pan, you will want to rub the surface with vegetable oil first so the concrete doesn’t stick. Then pour in the concrete until it is just below the surface of the mold.
Insert the half of the plastic ball into the concrete either in the middle or to one side for the asymmetrical look. Then use the rocks to weigh down the ball and keep it in place until the concrete sets.
Once set (the one is used took about 12 hours to set), remove the plastic ball and rocks from the center of the concrete and then remove it from the pan. Next, paint the top or sides of the planters with the acrylic paint, add some dirt and your plants, and a few rocks or sand to cover the dirt.
Aren’t they gorgeous?! And such a fun way to make your own planters. Try making large ones using giant mixing bowls (just be sure to grease both the mold bowl and the one that makes the center for the plants) for a colorful outdoor planter. Or paint the whole thing instead of just the top. I can’t wait to see what you create with concrete!