How to make a tiered DIY concrete planter using cardboard and copper pipe. This one of kind cement planter is easy and fun to make and adds the perfect touch of industrial and glamor!
I love experimenting with new technique and concrete is my latest obsession. It is such a fun medium to work with! All you need is the right mold and the possibilities are endless!
The best part is you don’t need expensive molds! They can be easily made using cardboard and plastic containers.
Concrete planters are one of the most common projects you find out there. They are the perfect starter project. I decided to take it a little bit further and combine it with the currently popular copper trend to create this tiered DIY concrete planter.
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Materials needed for tiered concrete planter –
- Fast setting concrete. I love and use Quikrete.
- Shoe/candy boxes/cups of various sizes. They should next within each other with enough space around for a strong wall.
- 1/2″ Copper pipe – 6″ long
- X-acto knife
- Old bucket and paint stick for mixing cement
- Low grit sandpaper
- Paint of your choice. I used Deco-art Metallics Copper
- Plants of your choice.
How to make the tiered DIY cement planter –
Take a look at how I made this tiered DIY planter in this video.
- Work quickly with the concrete as it starts setting pretty fast.
- Once you add the copper pipe, put some concrete mixture inside it. That will solidify inside the copper pipe and give it more strength.
- You will need to support the top tier while it dries. Also, you will need weight to hold down the top box/cup. This was my set up.
- Give it a full 48-72 hours to dry before removing the cardboards. They come off quite easily and you are left with smooth walls. The entire planter is very strong and sturdy!
- Add your choice of paint to the planter. Deco Art sent me their Metallics Copper. It was the perfect match to the copper pipe and I love how it turned out.
Let’s talk about these plants –
Did you guess they are fake?
Almost 5 years ago, I created a tiered planter using thrift store bowls and a tumbler inspired by this tiered table top planter. All my succulents died within 2 weeks so I filled it with these fake ones from Hobby Lobby. About 2 years ago, my planter broke, and I all these fake succulents have been waiting patiently for their days of glory again.
I think they like their new home in front of my favorite wall in the house. I love the shine of copper against the navy wall!
Have you tried a Concrete project yet? Tell me all about it! I would love to see your project pictures! Share them on my Facebook page!
Looking for more ideas on DIY Concrete planters?
My first concrete project were these little concrete pumpkins… they were so much fun to make!
Also, this mirrored concrete tray was a cool project!
Or you can even make these pretty DIY Concrete flowers!
Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"