Anyone who’s a regular reader of the blog will know that I love a bit of crafting! So when the opportunity came up to take a closer look at a Crafty Creative subscription box, I jumped at the chance. So, I was very excited when a week later a Concrete Planter Kit dropped through the door.
Now, I’m more of a knitter, sewer, papercraft kinda girl so when this first came through I’m not ashamed to say that I was initially intimidated. What on earth do I know about making my own plant pot?! However, the instructions were so easily laid out and it seemed so easy to follow, I jumped straight in!
First of all the kit contained everything I needed for my pot: the concrete mix, two pots, some sandpaper, a stirrer, a little paintbrush, some bronze paint, some tape and a pair of gloves to help keep yourself clean!
The first step was to make a little mark in the big pot to see where to set the concrete to, then I put 80ml of water into said big pot and mixed in the concrete mix. Using my stirrer, I mixed it until I had a smooth paste (1). Then using the smaller cup, I pushed this into the mix until the mixture rose up to meet the mark I made earlier. Adding some stones for weight so it didn’t rise, I left it to set for 24 hours (2).
A day later and I was back and removing the little cups. What I was left with was a still damp pot but definitely a pot nonetheless, and by this point I was pretty excited to see it taking shape with pretty much minimal effort so far! I then left it for another few days until it was completely dry and a light grey in colour all over.
Now it was time for the fun stuff! First I needed to use the sandpaper and curve off the edges for a smoother and nicer finish (3). Once done it was time to paint. I’m not great with a paintbrush so I wanted to keep it simple with some bold block colours. Therefore, blocking off the centre stripe with tape (4), I painted both the top and bottom sections still on show as well as inside and underneath because I’m a little odd like that and like the little details!
And there we have it….a finished little pot ready for planting.
I have to say I am so pleased with how this came out, it was far easier than I thought it would be. Except for the drying time, it was also extremely quick to do but I think has a really effective finish. I’ve mentioned it to a few people already, all of which cannot believe that I made it myself.
I even managed to find this cute little succulent at my local supermarket for the bargain price of £3 which fits it perfectly and I think suits this style of planter.
This really is such a quick and easy kit to use, with very clear instructions and put togother in a way that is suitable for beginners. With a beautiful and striking finish, this kit makes something that you can proudly display in your home.
The people over at Crafty Creatives have an extra Concrete Planter Kit available for one lucky Tippytupps reader. Therefore, perhaps you fancy giving this a go yourself? Or maybe you know someone who would is a little creative and would enjoy this? Whoever your kit would be for, you can enter via Rafflecopter using the link below and follow the usual social media accounts.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with this item in return for my honest review. As always though, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.