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Category: Home & Garden
Type of item: Plant or Flower
Style: Mod, Outdoorsy, Funky
Quikrete Countertop Mix, Quikrete Cement Color - Charcoal, WD-40, broken up wine and beer bottles, various shaped plastic containers, wet sander, silicone based penetrating sealer
What was your inspiration?
I've seen similar planters go for $20 - 30 on etsy. When I made these planters, I worked for a large manufacturer of concrete and cement products. So I took my knowledge of their products and used that to make the planters.
What are you most proud of?
Not killing half of the succulents I have planted in the planters.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't make the planter too large (unless you add perlite or something to make the concrete less dense), or the planters end up becoming rather heavy! Don't use glass as a mold, as it will want to permanently stick to the concrete. If possible, rent a mixer to mix the concrete. It's less back breaking. Wrap yourself head to toe with plastic when doing the wet polishing, unless you don't mind be soaked to the bone with water. If drainage is of concern (I just put gravel in the bottom of my containers), place a lubed up wood dowel through the bottom of the planter to create a drainage hole. Remove the dowel once the concrete has cured.