Make your own con­crete pots They’re per­fect for grow­ing suc­cu­lents in­doors and out

These easy DIY plant pots are a great way to dis­play small suc­cu­lents or soft pink sum­mer flow­ers

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The in­dus­trial look is all the rage and these smart con­crete planters have a sleek grey fin­ish that’s per­fect for any pa­tio, what­ever your style of gar­den. Plant them with lax cot­tage gar­den flow­ers in con­trast­ing white, pink or yel­low, or ten­der echev­e­rias in sum­mer – the pots are smart enough to over­win­ter on an in­door win­dowsill. It’s sur­pris­ingly easy to make con­crete: just mix equal quan­ti­ties of sand and ce­ment with water in an old wash­ing-up bowl. Pour or spoon the pli­able mix into a mould made from a plas­tic beaker with a plas­tic cup in­side. You’ll need to weigh the inner cup down or trapped air will push it up­wards as the wet ce­ment tries to level it­self. On a dry day, work­ing out­doors, wait about an hour for the con­crete to set, then ease out the new pot from its mould. Sand­pa­per the sides for a smoother fin­ish.

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