If you read my blog post on Cayns House Bed, you would know we finally moved Naomi into her own room. While Justin and I were at Lowes, we purchased these gorgeous succulents and cacti (we had bought 6 BUT lost one, apparently you have to water plants?). We thought these would make perfect accent pieces for her room! We didn’t want to use regular old planters so Justin and I decided to make our own cement planters for them. This is such an easy and quick way to bring some greenery into her nursery or your home! I just love the way it turned out, and if you want to take a chance on trying to keep a few plants alive (it’s really not hard lol) you NEED to check these out! Keep scrolling down…
Quick dry cement (make sure the bag is pure cement and not mixed with anything else, I say this because we had to make a few trips!)
Container to mix cement in
Stick to stir cement
Your choice of containers to use (pick whatever shape you want! You can literally make almost anything)
An object to make a hole for your plant (I used some acrylic paint containers that happened to be the perfect size)
Plastic bag to cover paint containers to make it easier for you to remove when cement dries (these just provide a buffer between the cement and whatever you’re using to mold the hole so it releases once dry)
Light grade sand paper (we used 220 grit and it worked perfectly)
Painters tape (if you plan on spray painting a design on the completed planter)
Plants of your choice
Step 1. I chose to use milk containers and a plastic bottle. I wanted a flat bottom on the plastic bottle so I cut off the bottom of the bottle, then a round piece of card board and finally taped it to the bottom of the bottle to get the shape I wanted. I also needed my cement planters to be different heights so we cut them accordingly.
Step 2. Mix cement and water in a sepererate container ( we just mixed it until it was a nice consistency, like pancake batter). Then, pour cement into your container of choice. Do not pour too much because you will be placing the round container into the middle of the milk carton and it can over flow.
Step 3. Tap on the edges of the container to remove ALL air bubbles (we did this for 3-5 minutes each to make sure all bubbles were out, if not the planter can crack once dry because it has air pockets in it).
Step 4. Once cement has dried and hardened, remove the containers (we didn’t use a plastic bag on the acrylic paint containers so it took some convincing to get them out).
Step 5. Drill a hole at the bottom of the planters to allow air flow and prevent mold.
Step 6. Lightly Sand the cement planters AND you’re done! If you want to take it a step further you can paint them like I did. I taped off a small section of the planters with painters tape to make the pattern and used spray paint on the exposed areas.
Wall decor details:
Justin made the shelves the plants are sitting on as well as the feathers that are having on the wall.
We purchased the two pictures at Hobby Lobby.
We are not done with the rest of her wall, so stay tuned and we will be doing a reveal shortly!