I should be cleaning or organizing something in my house, but my creative side won out for some much needed time in my workshop. I wanted to build on my affection for concrete countertops, but on a smaller scale. So I started experimenting with concrete pots and bowls. With the help of my father in law, Klemens, I was able to create some very cool concrete pottery.
STEP 1 – the Mold
STEP 2 – add Drainage
If you are not using this as a planter, feel free to skip this step. I glued a piece of pvc pipe to the bottom mold and place the top mold on it. This will create a drain hole in the container. Don’t worry if a little cement gets in the hole – this is easily drilled open after it has dried. If you don’t have a pvc pipe, other ideas would to use a small piece of wood/rock or anything roughly 1 to 1.5 inch thick to create the drain hole.
STEP 3 – mix the Concrete
I used Quickrete, about $4 a bag at home depot and one bag will make many pots. There is also a quick drying version for about $8 per bag and that works well too. The smoother/more fine the concrete the less rough the finished product. So depending on the look you are going for…I like the rough look but for indoor pots it might be nice to have a more pollished look. Add 4 to 5 cups concrete, and 1 cup water, mix and assess the consistency. You want it to be a little like pancake batter, not too watery but liquid enough to pour into the mold.
STEP 4 -let Dry
These pots are so beautiful with succulents and will be great with vibrant colored flowers in the spring!