Modern concrete planters
Repair concrete Wheelbarrow or large bucket Collection of plastic containers in various shapes and sizes Vegetable oil Foam brush ¾" PVC pipe Handsaw Trowel Concrete dye
1. PREPARE THE CONCRETE in a wheelbarrow or large bucket by following the manufacturer’s instructions. 2. SELECT PLASTIC CONTAINERS in different shapes to create the planters. You’ll need at least two containers per planter: one for the outer form and one for the inner form. 3. OIL THE FORMS well with the foam brush. Be sure to oil the inside and outside of any forms you intend to use. 4. TO USE THESE PLANTERS OUTDOORS, drainage holes are needed. Cut the PVC pipe using the handsaw to a length that will create a hole from the inner container to the outer one. Use the trowel to add a layer of concrete to the outer form and press the PVC pipe in. The pipe will stay in the planter when it’s completed, but if there is any concrete plugging up the hole, use a screw driver to pop it out. 5. TO ADD LAYERS OF COLOUR to the project, mix concrete with dye in separate containers and layer coloured concrete between layers of natural concrete. To remove air bubbles and level the concrete, tap the container rather than spread the concrete to avoid the colours blending together. 6. COVER THE PROJECT in a plastic drop cloth and leave it to dry undisturbed for 24 hours. When the concrete is dry, remove the forms and cure according to the instructions on the concrete packaging.
You would never guess that the modern shapes that make these upscale planters come from yogurt tubs, cups and
other plastic containers. The best plants for concrete
are drought-tolerant succulents and plants that like soil with a higher ph.
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