My love of succulents and my love of concrete has finally collided and exploded into a plethora of these fantastic concrete pots. Oh, and let’s not forget my total obsession with gold liquid leaf.
It was inevitable, I suppose.
One of the great things about these pots, besides how amazing they look, is how easy and inexpensive they are to make. I like to buy the buckets of Quikrete from Lowe’s. A 20 pound bucket is around $10.00. And I can make six pots with one bucket of Quikrete. You can do the math. I’ve tried a few different things for molds and have found that plastic paint buckets work the best. For the large pots, I used a 2 1/2 quart bucket and a 1 quart bucket. For the smaller pots I used a 1 quart bucket and a smaller plastic cup. In this picture you can see I used soup cans for the smaller pots. I quickly learned that isn’t the best way to go. The reason plastic is the best is because it’s flexible, which makes getting the concrete out of the molds so much easier. The soup cans were a pain to get out, and if you let the concrete dry too much you’ll never get the can out. Another very important tip; spray your molds with cooking spray. Liberally. Make sure to spray the inside of the bigger mold and the outside of the one that gets pushed into the concrete.
Mix up your concrete. This is why I love the Quikrete, you can mix it right in the bucket it comes in. I always add a little extra water so it’s a bit thinner. This makes it much easier to work with and reduces air pockets.
Fill your prepared molds 1/2 to 2/3 full then press the inner mold into the concrete. Holding the inner mold in place, gently tap the bucket to help the concrete settle and reduce air bubbles. Let the concrete dry for a day. To remove your pots from the mold, gently bend the plastic buckets back and forth then slide the concrete pots out of the bucket. Your pots still may need a day or three to continue drying.
To add gold liquid leaf, tape off designs on your pots using painter’s tape. Or you can always free hand it too.
This stuff is amazing! And remember to buy cheap-o brushes you can just throw away after use, because liquid leaf is a pain to wash out.
I feel like there should be some nursery rhyme about all the little concrete pots in a row.
Aren’t they glorious!?!
I’m not sure which was more fun; making the pots or planting the succulents in them. Since the pots don’t have a drainage hole make sure to put a layer of small rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the pot. I like to use aquarium rocks.
I’ll just let you drink them all in for a sec.
I scattered a few of the concrete pots around my home, but most of them ended up in my garden window.
I love it.
Until next time….