How To Make Your Own Unique Cement Planters Using Old Rags And Plastic Bottles

If you want more plants but don’t want to spend a lot of money on planters, then why not try making your own using old rags, plastic containers and cement?

To make these cement planters you’ll need to make a slurry from portland concrete, perlite (or vermiculite) and peat moss. How much of each you want to use for your slurry, depends on what kind of texture you want to have. But a ratio of 1:1:1 is what works best for the slurry.

For more traditional, solid-looking pots, this first video demonstrates how to make faux concrete pots (often called hypertufa pots). When you’re ready to pour your mix, you can use items like solo cups, plastic jugs and other throwaway containers as the moulds.


In the video, the gardener gives handy tips for preventing the moulds from sticking to the concrete mix. She also shows how to use bubble wrap or carpet lining to add interesting textures to your pot creations!

It will take at least 3 weeks for the planters to dry, so you’ll need to be patient but the end results are pretty amazing!

For the second do-it-yourself planter project you can use old rags to create your pots. In order for the rags to dry properly, you’ll need to make stands that are high enough so that the draped material hangs over it and off the ground.


Once you have made the slurry, you dip and cover your rag in the mixture. Then you drape it over a bucket, paint tin or pot in the size you want. Let it dry for a day or so and you will soon have some unusual looking pots to display.

Both do-it-yourself projects result in very cool planter pots. Share these tips with your friends and family!

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