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Dry ce­ment Builders’ sand Wash­ing-up bowl Ba­ton/paint stir­rer Water Medium-sized plas­tic beakers Cook­ing oil Small plas­tic cups Peb­bles Mask­ing tape

1 MIX SAND & CE­MENT

Pour a 50:50 ce­ment:sand mix into the wash­ing-up bowl and mix thor­oughly with the ba­ton. Add a drib­ble of water at a time and keep stir­ring to make a smooth, firm paste.

3 POUR IN CON­CRETE

Care­fully pour the con­crete into the oiled beaker and im­me­di­ately in­sert the pa­per or plas­tic cup into the mid­dle. Don’t push the cup all the way to the bot­tom or your pot will end up be­ing a dough­nut shape.

2 BRUSH BEAKERS WITH COOK­ING OIL

The plas­tic beakers form the out­side edge of your pots so brush the in­side with oil to stop the pots from stick­ing and keep the outer sur­face smooth.

4 TAPE PLAS­TIC CUP IN PLACE

As the con­crete dries, trapped air will try to push the cup up­wards, so use peb­bles to weigh the cup down and hold it in place with mask­ing tape. Leave the con­crete to set for an hour, then care­fully re­move the pots from the moulds.

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