DIY: concrete planters

9 Apr

I have a little nugget of good news today – I’m soon moving house again and this time I’m going to have a garden! Maybe it’s the spring sunshine, but I’m getting super excited about this prospect. Until now, a few disasterous months of allotmenteering and three window boxes are the closest I’ve ever come to having my own patch and, needless to say, a ‘garden on a shoestring’ Pinterest board is already taking shape.

This contemporary concrete planter DIY  shared by my friend Heather is one I’m definitely going to try. Mix together a bag of cement, pour into old plastic buckets, add a pinch of interior stylist’s instinct and voilà!

Find the full step-by-step instructions at Growing Spaces.

DIY concrete planter Growing Spaces blog

DIY concrete plant pot and candle holder Growing Spaces Blog

[Photographs and tutorial both Heather Young for Growing Spaces]


Have you got any tricks or ideas for sprucing up a boring garden on a budget? I’d love to hear your advice!

5 Responses to “DIY: concrete planters”

  1. heatheryounguk April 10, 2014 at 10:53 #

    Thanks for sharing this! And very exciting news about your house move x

  2. Emma April 9, 2014 at 20:32 #

    Go for perennials like poppies, foxgloves, nasturtiums and other cottage garden plants. They’re cheap as chips if you plant them from seed (you can mostly just scatter them where you want them and leave them to it) plus they’ll seed themselves and come back year after year. The Thrifty Gardener by Alys Fowler is a great book for inspiration and advice on gardening on a budget. Lidl and the pound shops are great for cheapo seeds that’ll still do the job!

    Can’t wait to see how your new garden turns out!

    • Bethan - Decorator's Notebook April 10, 2014 at 13:18 #

      Hi Emma thanks for your fantastic tips. I love cottage garden plants and it’s good to know they’re easy to grow. Can’t wait to get stuck in!

  3. whatzitknitz April 9, 2014 at 11:39 #

    As long as you are mixing cement make some stepping stones and a birdbath with the cement. First you mound some dirt or sand to make a bowl and cover it with a plastic bag and then take a very large leaf like a rhubarb leaf and cover the mound of dirt. Then pat the wet cement on top of the leaf. Let dry then tip over and you have a beautiful bird bath for your garden that has all the veins of the leaf inscribed on the inside of the bowl.. You can make stepping stones the same way just don’t use a mound of dirt leave it flat.

    • Bethan - Decorator's Notebook April 9, 2014 at 11:49 #

      This sounds lovely and a great idea to have several projects ready to make once you’ve mixed up a batch of cement. I love the idea of making a leaf impression on the surface too.

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