How to make a flowerpot out of concrete with your own hands

What is important to know

About the manufacturing process

Flowerpots are fairly simple products. The main difficulty is to give the concrete the desired shape. This is done with the help of outer and inner formwork, which are pre-lubricated with oil and inserted into each other. The remaining space between them is filled with concrete, which forms the walls and bottom of the flowerpot.

About formwork

As forms, you can use any improvised means. Most often, pairs of large and small buckets, basins or plastic flowerpots are used – this is the easiest option. It will be a little more difficult to manufacture internal and external formwork from plywood, chipboard and extruded polystyrene foam. There is also a technique for impregnating fabrics with cement mortar. For this, old towels, sheets and other materials with good absorbency are suitable.

To save money, wet sand is often used instead of internal formwork. And after the concrete has hardened, it is simply removed.

The most troublesome, but opening up the greatest scope for creativity, is pottery technique. Concrete is much easier to work with than clay. You will need a turntable and a small piece of acrylic, plastic, or other sheet material that needs to be shaped into the desired shape.

About concrete preparation

To create a flowerpot, you need a cement-sand mixture. You can buy it ready-made in a store or make it yourself by mixing 1 part of cement with 2-3 parts of sand sifted through a sieve.

Water is added gradually, while stirring the mixture to the consistency of thick sour cream. To form a pattern or other fine details, the solution can be made thinner.

To cover the inside of the flowerpot, cement milk is used – cement diluted in water without the addition of sand. Such a liquid composition is applied with a brush.

About curing time

Concrete gains full strength in 28 days. Primary hardening, when it is already possible to remove the formwork, takes from 1 to 2-3 days, depending on the thickness of the layer and the ambient temperature.

About reinforcement

Small flowerpots for indoor plants can be made simply from concrete. In larger and more massive structures, metal mesh or wire reinforcement is used to increase strength. In this case, the frame must be placed in the middle of the concrete layer.

How to make a flowerpot out of concrete and towels

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One of the simplest options for a flowerpot. Without fiddling with formwork and complex fixtures, you can get a pretty nice product literally from nothing.

What you need

  • Cement;
  • water;
  • container for mixing;
  • plastic pot or bucket;
  • package;
  • old towel;
  • marker;
  • scissors;
  • mixer;
  • brush;
  • paint.

How to do

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Fold the towel in quarters and draw an arc with a marker, which will be the fourth part of the circle.

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Cut off any excess along the line with scissors.

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Unfold the fabric. If everything is done correctly, you will have an even circle in front of you.

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Take a plastic pot, bucket or other object, the shape of which you want to give the future flowerpot. Put the container in a bag so as not to stain with cement.

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Cover with a towel on top so that its edges hang in the air.

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Mix cement with water in a clean container until more or less liquid.

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Dip a towel into the solution and soak well.

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Hang the fabric over a pot or bucket and straighten the folds into the desired shape.

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Knead a slightly thicker cement mixture. Apply it with a brush on a towel to make the future flowerpot stronger.

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After a few hours, when the mass hardens, turn the product over and remove protruding threads and pieces of concrete with scissors.

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Remove the formwork pot from the inside. If desired, paint the resulting concrete flowerpot.

Nuances – in the video instructions:

How to make a flowerpot out of concrete using two buckets

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Pretty easy way to get a regular concrete flowerpot. Plastic construction buckets are used as formwork. It is best to take in the shape of a cone – it will be easier to pull them out later.

What you need

  • Cement-sand mixture;
  • water;
  • large and small buckets;
  • two wooden slats;
  • two mounting brackets;
  • aerosol silicone lubricant;
  • stretch film;
  • bricks or other cargo;
  • container for mixing;
  • sandpaper;
  • trowel (trowel);
  • screwdriver;
  • screws.

How to do

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Using a screwdriver and mounting brackets, attach two rails to the top of the small bucket. This will be needed in order to align them with a large one in the same plane and get even walls.

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Apply aerosol silicone or any other lubricant (motor oil, vegetable oil) to the inside of a large bucket and the outside of a small one. To facilitate disassembly, the latter can also be wrapped with stretch film.

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Prepare a cement-sand mortar. By consistency, it should resemble thick sour cream.

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Pour some mixture into a large bucket and place a small one inside. The amount of solution should be such that the tops of the containers are at the same level.

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Fill in the spaces between the pieces. To prevent the second bucket from floating, put some kind of weight like bricks in it.

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Tap the bucket and shake it lightly so that the mixture fills all the voids and there are no shells in the product.

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During curing, cover the concrete with foil.

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After 1-3 days, disassemble the formwork.

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Sand the surface of the pot with sandpaper.

If something remains unclear, watch the video:

How to make a flowerpot from concrete and a plastic box

Frame: Brandon Burney / YouTube

An interesting rectangular flowerpot, in which an old plastic box is used as a fixed formwork and frame. With a bit of creativity, the concrete easily turns into a realistic “wooden” box.

What you need

  • Cement-sand mixture;
  • water;
  • box;
  • container for mixing;
  • rubber gloves;
  • film;
  • masking tape;
  • paint;
  • tassel;
  • trowel;
  • rule;
  • knife;
  • funnel.

How to do

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Make a mortar from a cement-sand mixture and water.

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Poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the box using a knife, pliers, or otherwise.

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Lay a film on the table and apply a mass to the walls of the box. Spread and level it straight with your hands on both sides.

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Use a funnel to add mortar to the holes in the corners of the box.

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Coat the bottom of the box with a trowel or spatula.

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After a couple of hours, when the cement dries a little, level the walls with a small layer of mortar with a trowel or spatula. To make even corners, use a rule, a level, or a block of wood as a template.

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Draw vertical planks with a knife and mark the structure of the tree.

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Stick a pair of narrow strips of masking tape around the perimeter of the box at the bottom and top. Spread some mortar over them to form the binding rims and make them protrude from the surface of the flowerpot.

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Cut and remove masking tape.

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Paint the resulting product with paint to give a more realistic look.

Full video tutorial below:

How to make a concrete flowerpot using egg trays

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Another simple project with ready-made formwork literally from the trash. Despite the primitive approach, the output is an unusual flowerpot that will definitely attract attention.

What you need

  • egg trays;
  • glossy paper;
  • plastic cups;
  • cement;
  • sand;
  • water;
  • film;
  • Scotch;
  • tubes;
  • hot glue gun;
  • scissors.

How to do

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Cut off all the pieces around the perimeter with scissors from the trays so that only full cells remain.

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Connect the trays to each other and fix with hot glue.

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After gluing several trays together, roll them into a cylinder and also fix the joint with glue.

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Make the bottom of the formwork out of the film and secure it by wrapping tape around the walls.

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Roll up a cylinder of glossy paper, insert it into the formwork and fill it with wet sand.

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Prepare a cement-sand mixture and smear it on top of the inner sand formwork.

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Fill the space between the walls with mortar. Insert several tubes into the center of the structure to make holes for drainage.

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After a day, when the concrete hardens, remove the formwork from the trays and remove the sand.

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Prepare some solution and then pour it into four small plastic cups. When the concrete hardens, supports will be obtained from these parts.

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Turn the flowerpot over, moisten it with water and, after applying small dots of the solution, glue the legs.

For details, check out the video:

How to make a flowerpot out of concrete using a stool and styrofoam

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A good option for those who want a thick-walled garden pot, but are not in the mood to spend time on wooden formwork. They are replaced here by a stool, four pieces of foam and plastic.

What you need

  • Cement-sand mixture;
  • water;
  • sand;
  • plastic stool;
  • polystyrene;
  • sheet plastic or acrylic;
  • Scotch;
  • motor or any other oil;
  • gas burner;
  • pencil;
  • knife;
  • brush;
  • ladle;
  • funnel;
  • silicone sealant;
  • tube.

How to do

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Attach a stool to the foam sheet and circle it along the side.

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Cut out four of these pieces with a knife. They will serve as the side parts of the outer formwork.

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Attach foam to each side of the stool and secure with tape.

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Gently heat the inside surfaces of the foam with a gas burner to create a rock-like relief.

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Treat all joints of the foam and the stool with silicone sealant.

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Cut out the inner formwork from acrylic, plastic, or other sheet material. Glue the parts with tape, and then go through all the joints with sealant. The size of the inner formwork should be 3–5 cm smaller than the stool: the thickness of the walls of the future flowerpot will depend on this.

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Lubricate with motor, vegetable or any other oil the formwork surfaces that will come into contact with concrete. This will make disassembly easier.

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Prepare a cement-sand mortar. Pour into the stool such a layer of what thickness you want to get the bottom of the flowerpot.

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Insert the inner formwork, fill it with sand and fill the space between the walls with the mixture. Tap the workpiece carefully so that the mass fills all the voids.

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After two or three days, when the concrete hardens, remove the sand and disassemble the inner formwork. Poke a hole in the bottom for drainage.

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Then remove the outer formwork. You should get something like this product. If you are satisfied with its appearance, you can stop there.

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If desired, paint the flowerpot with paint using a brush.

This master class will help you:

How to make a round concrete flowerpot in a flexible form from tubes

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Such a cylindrical flowerpot is much easier to pour than it seems. The main secret is in flexible formwork made of pipe sections and linoleum. At the same time, it is easy to change the dimensions to your own, simply by making the parts longer and increasing their number.

What you need

  • tubes;
  • linoleum;
  • two even bars;
  • thin rail;
  • self-tapping screws with a press washer;
  • plastic bottle;
  • plastic flowerpot;
  • saw;
  • screwdriver;
  • square;
  • hot glue gun;
  • motor or any other oil;
  • putty knife
  • scissors or knife.

How to do

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Cut the pipe with a miter saw or any other saw into segments that will correspond to the height of the flowerpot. The quantity is chosen arbitrarily and depends on the desired diameter of the product.

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Cut off a strip of linoleum or other flexible and durable material. Its width should be equal to the height of the tubes, the length should be 20-30 cm more than the circumference of the flowerpot.

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Fix two bars or boards on the table, setting them perpendicular to each other using a square. This simple template will allow you to assemble the tubes perfectly evenly.

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Attach several tubes to the bars, separate with wooden slats 4-5 mm thick or something similar. Put linoleum on top and fix it by screwing 2-3 screws into each blank.

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Continue until you run out of tubes, then roll the sheet into a cylinder. It should look like this design.

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Cut the bottom of a suitable plastic bottle and hot glue it to the upside down flowerpot. Also attach the latter to the base and walk along the joint with silicone sealant. Be sure to spray all surfaces with oil to make disassembly easier.

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Install a flexible tube formwork on top of the resulting structure and fix the lower part with hot glue. Wrap the linoleum on top with a few turns of tape so that it does not open from the weight of the concrete.

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Prepare a cement-sand mortar and fill the formwork with it. Tap on the walls so that there are no voids left.

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After 1-3 days, disassemble the formwork, remove the inner insert from the flowerpot and bottle.

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Using a spatula, remove the protruding pieces of concrete and trim the surface.

The whole process is in this master class:

How to make a flowerpot out of concrete using pottery technique

Frame: Sony Le – Home and Garden Channel / YouTube

The most complex, but at the same time the most skillful version of the flowerpot. It is made using a technique resembling pottery. You will have to tinker with a rotating table and a profile for forming walls, but the result will justify all the trouble.

What you need

  • Cement;
  • sand;
  • water;
  • steel wire;
  • lubricant (motor or any other oil, hand cream).
  • wooden bars or aluminum profiles;
  • acrylic or sheet plastic;
  • screwdriver;
  • plastic spatula;
  • rotating platform;
  • scissors or saw;
  • screws

How to do

A rotating platform can be built from the base of an office chair, or simply by attaching a piece of plywood to the table, drilling it in the center and fixing it with a bolt.

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You also need to cut out two profiles from acrylic or sheet plastic with scissors, a saw or other suitable tool. They will set the shape of the flowerpot. A smaller one is needed for the inner surface of the walls, a larger one for the outer. These profiles must be firmly fixed to the stand at the level of the turntable. The stand itself can be made from wooden bars or aluminum profiles, fastening them with screws.

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Pour wet sand on the table and compact. It will serve as an internal formwork.

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Scrolling the platform, cut off excess sand with a profile to give the formwork the correct shape. Add material as needed and fill in holes to achieve a smooth finish.

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Change the small profile to a larger one: it will set the shape of the outer walls of the flowerpot. Sprinkle the sand with water and carefully smooth it with a spatula or hand so that the inside of the product is even.

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Coat the platform around the perimeter of the formwork with anything from motor oil to hand cream to make the concrete come off easier.

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Prepare a cement-sand mortar and cover the formwork with it. For the first layer, the mixture can be made thinner so that it lays better.

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Add a thicker mixture and gradually cut off the excess with a profile, achieving a perfectly smooth surface.

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Make two rings out of steel wire. Set one at the bottom of the flowerpot, and the second at the top edge. This will make the structure more durable.

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Spray the product with water and continue to rotate, giving the desired shape. Add mortar to the holes to get an even surface.

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For the last layer, knead a thinner solution and cover the entire workpiece with it. This will make it perfectly smooth.

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Use a tube or a round stick to make several holes in the bottom for drainage.

After a few days, when the concrete has hardened, turn the flowerpot over and remove the sand from the inside. The product is ready.

Check out the video tutorial if you have any questions:

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