8 Must-Try Concrete Projects

I’ve only worked with concrete once before, but after coming across the projects below, I want to run out to the hardware store and pick up a 10lb bag and get to work! I know that concrete may seem intimidating to work with, but I think when it comes down to it, it’s all about taking your time to prep for the project. Once you have your mold, all that’s really left to do is to mix and pour. Chances are, if you can make a cocktail, you can handle these 8 must-try concrete projects!

8 Must-Try Concrete Projects1. DIY Concrete Diamond by A Merry Mishap
2. Concrete Lamp Pendant by Ben Uyeda for Brit + Co
3. Modern Concrete Planters by Paper & Stitch
4. DIY Cement Star Votives by Hello Natural
5. Bucket Stool by HomeMade Modern
6. Concrete Picture Frame by A Piece of Rainbow
7. Concrete + Copper Plant Stand by Claire Zinnecker Camille Styles
8. Concrete Monograms by Eilen Tein

Have you ever made anything with concrete before? Would love to hear about your experience!

Geometric Cement Planter

Time: 45 minutes + overnight dry
Materials: quick dry cement, water, plastic/paper mold, disposable mixing cup and utensil, pencils, acrylic paint, x-acto knife, sandpaper

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

It’s taken me way too long to jump on the cement planter train (have you seen these diy laced cement votives?!). After this project though, I’m glad that I did! Working with cement is much easier and cleaner than I expected. You can use any plastic or thick paper/cardboard container for your mold, it just depends what shape you want to make. I got mine here.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

Pour your dry cement into a disposable container and mix with water, I used about 8.5 tbsp. Stir until it’s the consistency of thick peanut butter, then pour into your mold. To create a nesting place for my air plant, I wrapped a tea light candle in plastic (so I could remove it once the cement dried) and pushed into the mold.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

Once the cement hardens, give it about 30 minutes or so, peel away the mold.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

My planter was a bit rough around the edges, so I used sandpaper to smooth it out. Be gentle with this step because the planter still needs to dry overnight before it’s completely set.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

Now decorate! I made triangle stamps with pencil erasers using my xacto knife while waiting for the cement to harden.

DIY Geometric Cement Planter

DIY Geometric Cement Planter