How To Make Concrete Succulent Planters

how to make concrete succulent planters
Concrete succulent planters.

Here’s how to make concrete succulent planters in a few easy steps. The materials you need for this project are also affordable and easy to come by. I stopped by home depot to find some quick setting concrete. The silicone molds you need you can find online at Amazon.

By making these cute succulent planters, you can paint them however way you want or leave them concrete. The amount planters you get out of one batch of concrete also makes these perfect to gift to friends. I am all about a DIY Christmas gift, so here’s one of your options! If you are looking for more DIY projects and inspiration, be sure to check out the Design page. You can also follow me on Pinterest.

Materials Needed To Make Succulent Planters:

  • Concrete (fast setting)
  • Water
  • Drop Cloth
  • Silicone Succulent Molds
  • Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Oil/Grease
  • Putty Knife

Step 1: Grease Your Molds

The first thing you’ll want to do is grease your silicone molds. This will prevent any sticking from the concrete. The molds are kind of thin and flimsy, so you don’t want to risk tearing any of them.

When you grease your molds, they become super easy to flip inside out and pop the planter out when all is said and done.

Step 2: Mix Concrete

Mixing concrete.

When using the concrete, make sure to use gloves and safety glasses. The last thing you want is concrete dust in your eyes! Put down a drop cloth as well to prevent any concrete from sticking on the ground. This can get a bit messy.

When mixing concrete, check the instructions on the brand you purchase. Mine had a 1 part water to 5 parts concrete. You don’t want it too wet, or it will take forever to set and cure. Only mix the amount you want to use, because it begins hardening in 20 minutes. This is specifically for quick setting concrete.

Step 3: Fill Molds

make concrete succulent planters

Seems easy enough, right? It’s actually a little difficult to make sure the concrete fills in completely. Since these are small planters, it’s really important to make sure everything is filled completely in. I had trouble on this step, and ended up losing out on a few planters!

You can always fill these in then slam the molds down a few times to make sure air bubbles get filled in.

Step 4: Smooth the Surface

make concrete succulent planters
Smoothing the bottoms.

Smooth the bottoms and be sure there’s not too much excess concrete. Remember, this is the bottom of the planter, so you want it to be smooth. No wobbling here!

Step 5: Let It Set

When you’re confident that your silicone molds are filled in all the way, let the concrete set and cure. Be sure not to mess with or touch them while they are curing. This is something I made the mistake of and ended up breaking a LOT of them! Don’t be like me!

You will need to give at least 24 hours (or check the instructions on your concrete) before you pop them out of the molds.

Step 6: Plant Succulents

As soon as the concrete cures, just flip the silicone inside out the remove the concrete. Since you oiled the silicone, they should come out super easy. If you want to, you can always paint the concrete or paint any type of pattern you like.

I left mine plain, because I liked the organic look of rough concrete. And there you have it, your own concrete succulent planters that you made yourself! Now get out there and keep doing all the DIY things!

All you need to do is find cute little succulents to fit in those planters. Be aware, they are actually very small, so you do need to find tiny succulents for these.


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