Succulent Sanctuary- Mini Concrete Planter
Hello, hello! I hope you all had an amazing long Labor Day weekend! Mine was filled soaking up every last minute of summer. Professional baseball, farmers market and some lake time! Not one second was a disappointment. I even found the time to create this cute little project! Very minimal time, effort and supplies needed! This adorable, mini concrete planter is the the perfect little home for any vibrant succulent plant, which who doesn’t love!
The list of supplies is simple- a bag of Quikcrete mix from Home Depot, a disposable plastic container and a succulent. No lie, that is basically all you need! A couple other things here and there that you most likely have around will be used too. Ok, to start, I took two old cottage cheese containers- one for mixing, one for the mold- and one old yogurt container, which is a second mold. One thing to remember about the concrete is that only a minimal amount of water is needed.
First, remove the succulents from the plastic containers and put them in a temporary bowl or container. Remove any soil from the plastic and cover the bottom holes with tape- I used electrical tape as its easy to use and sticks well. This plastic container will be used inside our mold to create a space for the succulents.
Fill up one of the cottage cheese containers with the Quikcrete and pour about a cup of it into one of the containers that will be the mold. Pour a little bit of water into the cup of cement mix, maybe about a tablespoon. Continue this process until the container is full of the cement mix. The consistency should be comparable to cookie dough. The mixture will be chunky because of the gravel; remember, there should not be any water that you can drain off the mixture once combined.
As soon as the mixture is prepared, you will want to pour it into your mold quickly as this sets within a few minutes. I started by scooping in an inch of cement into the bottom of the mold. I tapped the bottom of the container gently against the table to level it. Next, place the succulent container on top of the cement, place wherever you’d like. In one I placed it in the middle, in the other I off centered it to create a different look. Once in place, hold with one hand and with the other scoop the mixture around it.
Once you have the mixture in your mold, proceed to tap the mold against the counter top. Be sure to do it gently and hold the inner mold in place so it doesn’t shift during this process. Do not skip this as it will get air bubbles out as well as level the top of the mold. This process will level the top and will cause it to liquify of sorts. This is what you want. It will give the top a softer look.
Allow the mold to dry as directed by the packaging. I let it dry for 8 hours. Once set, it takes a little finagling to get the inner mold out. I used a flathead screwdriver to loosen the sides and then pulled it out with a pair of pliers. It wasn’t too difficult put took a little effort. Next, cut the top of the container on two sides and with your hands, pull the plastic apart until it breaks down the sides. You do not want to cut it as it may score your concrete and create marks you do not want. Once the plastic is split, simply lift the planter out of it.
Now, add your cute succulents, give them some water, and style it! You’re done! Can you believe how easy that was? Literally, it took me 15 minutes to mix and pour the cement and another 10 to cut the molds out and plant the succulents. This project is so simple you could do it anytime of day as well as with any skill set, including kids! I plan on making several more of these to style around my house and to give as gifts! So simple and inexpensive. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Bye for now babes,