Claire here, and I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  Today’s project is perfect for tackling in the New Year, and can add just the pop of color that your home may need for a little pick-me-up. Last time I had so much fun experimenting with cement and loved the result so much, that I decided to continue working with the material to see what other handmade creations it’d inspire. I love succulents and thought the idea of cement planters would be a fun way to spice up my typical potted plants — and what better way to pass the winter days than with a fun and easy afternoon of DIY-ing? Follow the instructions to make  your own!

  • spray paint (any colors you want!)
  • bucket
  • stick for stirring
  • measuring cup
  • plastic gloves
  • large spoon/plastic cup
  • Rapid Set Cement
  • larger container for mold (I wanted square and found plastic containers at Hobby Lobby but you could also use milk cartons, plastic buckets, etc.)
  • smaller container for inside of mold to form where plant goes
  • blue painters tape
  • PAM spray
  • succulents
  • broken pieces of a terra cotta pot
  1. Spray PAM on inside of outer container, and on outside of inner container.
  2. Follow instructions on the Rapid Cement to mix using bucket, stir stick, and measuring cup.
  3. Pour into container  about 3/4 of the way full, shake out air bubbles (unless you like the rough look) and slowly ease the inner container into the still soft cement.
  4. Set the inner container center, smooth the top if you desire, and let sit for a few minutes.
  5. **note, I’ve achieved the best results by slowly turning the middle container in the cement and removing when the cement is still soft, otherwise the suction and hardened cement makes the removal difficult.
  6. Once middle container is removed let cement sit in the mold till dry.
  7. Once the concrete is set (I recommend waiting longer than the instructions say), carefully slide the cement form out of the mold.
  8. Using blue painters tape, tape off a pattern on your base. Spray and allow to dry.
  9. Place some broken bits of terra cotta pot in the bottom of the planter, this helps with drainage so the roots don’t rot.
  10. Plant and enjoy your inexpensive custom cement planter!

*photos by Claire Zinnecker for

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  1. 1
    Elizabeth December 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Y’all are seriously so talented! I always love seeing what y’all come up with. Can’t wait to the next one!

    Cheers, Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

    • clairezinnecker December 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Elizabeth! Glad you like them.

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    Camille Styles December 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Claire I L-O-V-E this project!! I have the hardest time finding cool planters, and these are the perfect blend of chic and still kind of industrial. Can’t wait to tackle this project in the new year!

    • clairezinnecker December 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Yay! We should have a little DIY session at your house soon.. 🙂

  3. 3
    Babette December 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    How cute is that !?!?! Keep those great ideas coming.

    • clairezinnecker December 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks, Babette!

  4. 4
    S. Wayne December 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I’m amazed at the creativity you consistently bring to these varied mediums. You make it look easy!

    • clairezinnecker December 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much!

  5. 5
    Kate December 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    This one was super fun, Claire! 🙂

    • clairezinnecker December 29, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      I had a lot of fun making them! Thanks 🙂

  6. 6
    [email protected] December 29, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Love these! Have any for sale?????

    • clairezinnecker December 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      I am not able to sell any of my items yet, but stay in touch because it is definitely a consideration!

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    Sharen December 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Claire….I really like these planters. So pretty and do-able!

    • clairezinnecker December 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you, Sharen!

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    Jenny Sath December 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Looks awesome! Question for you Claire… I know you love the metallic spray paint and was wondering… Are you using brilliant gold (super shiny) or the dull gold? Tried to buy some the other day and couldn’t make up my mind!

    • clairezinnecker January 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks, Jenny!

      I use brilliant. It looks a more like gold leafing to me. xo -C.

  9. 9
    chelsea January 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    awesome! I love how these planters look – so creative!

    • clairezinnecker January 17, 2013 at 11:30 am

      thanks, Chelsea!

  10. 10
    monsterscircus January 19, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Wonderful planters. Love concrete and metallic, so nice looking!!! Have a great weekend

  11. 11
    Chante May 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    What a lovely wedding idea! I’ll be linking to it on our DIY Wedding Ideas pinboard. Check it out at

    – Chante

  12. 12
    josh_josh June 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Hi…loved the idea..i wanna try it..have a question…for water drainage how to make hole in the cement planter?

  13. 13
    Tarimas sintética June 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Tarimas de madera sintética. Un gran sustituto de la madera para exterior.