Ce­ment planters

Style at Home (UK) - - Make It Craft Special -

Jump on board the con­crete trend and have a go at mak­ing your own ac­ces­sories in the form of plant pots or tealight hold­ers

Takes 24hrs skill level

Clean old orange juice car­tons Blue Cir­cle Master­crete ce­ment, £3.87 for 5kg, B&Q Stick to mix the ce­ment Bucket

Empty plas­tic food con­tain­ers (eg for salsa dips) Plas­tic cups Scalpel Fine paint­brush Sand­pa­per Rus­toleum gold painter’s touch paint, £2, B&Q

Cut the orange juice car­ton in half so you have a tall ob­long shape. Mix the ce­ment in a bucket ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tions (no need to add sand). Make sure it is well mixed to avoid any lumps. Pour the mix­ture into the orange juice car­ton and any plas­tic con­tain­ers, fill­ing to about 3/4 full. Place a plas­tic cup in the cen­tre and push down. Hold in place by weigh­ing it down with a hand­ful of coins. Leave to set thor­oughly overnight. Once dry, use a scalpel to cut away the con­tain­ers sur­round­ing the ce­ment and re­move the plas­tic cups from the cen­tres. Smooth any sharp edges with fine sand­pa­per and wipe away any dust. Use gold paint and a fine paint­brush to add on metal­lic de­signs of your choice; we used mask­ing tape to cre­ate these geo­met­ric shapes. Leave the paint to dry. Mar­ble cheese­board, £20, John Lewis. Gold drag­on­fly (two-set with but­ter­fly), £25.95, Mi­afleur

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