How to Make a Concrete Pot

How to Make a Concrete Pot

Looking to make your first concrete pot? Here you have a step-by-step guide on how to do it. In just six steps, you can make your own concrete pot in a size you like, and add a lot of charm to your home and garden. Let’s start!

Materials

  •    Cement
  •    Containers for use as molds (glass, plastic or cardboard)
  •    Oil
  •    Kitchen gloves
  •    Bucket or container (to mix the concrete)
  •    Towel
  •    Plastic bag

Step 1

Making an internal and external mold of different sizes inserted into the small and large leaves 5 cm space between the two molds. If you want a larger mold (dimensions 60 cm high and wide), leave a space of 7.5 cm. Fill this space with prepared concrete. You can use glass, plastic, cardboard, steel or even styrofoam to make the mold

Step 2

Lubricates the inner walls of the molds with paraffin oil or other lubricants as olive oil or sunflower oil. This makes it easier to remove and disassemble the pot from the molds.

Step 3

Protect your hands with oven mitts and prepare the concrete mix. Use a bucket or container for this process, and empty the concrete powder into the container. Add water gradually while mixing. You can also add decorative elements to the mix so that they are part of the final result.

Step 4

For embedded, slowly pour the mixture into the large mold. Wipe the excess with a towel and then insert the small mold. Keep pressing until the mold achieves the desired thickness. Remember that the base can be a little thicker than the walls, always making sure it is stable. Empty the rest of the mixture in the space between both molds, until it reaches the top edge. Gently tap the molds on a hard surface to level the mixture and let out air bubbles.

Step 5

Covering the container with plastic and allowed to dry for 36 hours. To verify that it has dried, use a dry knife and insert it through the top. A completely dry pot will not let the knife enter. Once you have dried, you are ready to remove the molds.

How to Make a Concrete Pot

Step 6

Remove the pot from the mold. The lubricated parts facilitate the process. Let the pot dry for a week. Then, clean with a damp sponge once a day, and monitor some color changes. You can make a hole for drainage after two days, to make sure that the material is strong enough.

 

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