If you want to see a splendid garden or terrace this summer, we teach you how to make cement pots to give you a rustic and more personalized touch.
The last time we talked about how to make cement candle holders, Today, we want to focus on the pots made with cement. Unless you want a simple pot of cement, if you really want your pot to drain the water, we’ll teach you some trick!
How to add drainage holes to a cement pot? With the addition of plastic straws for molds and cement.
Here we leave you some samples of pots where you have used regular plastics for the outside mold and for the interior, smaller plastic containers. In this case, it is a plastic brik for juice.
– Plastic containers in different sizes, for the external mold. Storage containers, containers, cups or jars can be the plastic container of the plant for the interior.
– Non-stick or oil spray.
– Plastic straws.
– Plastic sheets.
– Fast cement, white or normal. (Sometimes requiring sand for mixing).
– Plastic mixing bowl.
– Palette for stirring
– Measuring cup.
– Sanding sponge.
– Latex gloves.
– Color painting. (Usually plastic)
1.- Clean and dry the plastic molds. Spray the inside of your plastic mold with a thin layer of spray oil or with a brush. Spray oil is not absolutely essential, but it does help to free the plastic from the cement it is already dry
To allow drainage, use a knife to make small holes in the bottom of the outer mold and slide the straws through the outer mold and through the drainage holes in the inner mold. (As the picture)
2.- Put on the latex gloves, as the cement can irritate your skin! Prevention is better than cure!
Prepare the cement as indicated on the package. Follow the directions to the letter so that everything goes as expected. In some cases we are asked to make a mixture of cement powder with sand, so the cement will become denser and stronger.
3.- Working quickly, pour the cement into the plastic mold and put the mold inside the top, on the straws. Use some small stones to weigh the plastic mold in and down, as you tend to want to raise the cement.
A small amount of cement will be drawn through the other drainage holes. You could use a plastic wrap to cover the holes. If you leave it in the bottom of the inside of the container, it will solidify and will make it difficult to remove it. So we recommend twisting the straws every five minutes.
4.- Make sure that the plastic mold is on a flat surface. Tap the mold a dozen times for the bubbles to surface. At this point, you can also add stones, marbles, shells or other decorative elements to the top of the planter mold.
Leave to dry for approximately 24 hours. There are quick drying cements, usually the time of this is 12 hours, although at 24 hours will be well hardened. After the first 15 minutes, when you can feel the outer cement is very hot, and when the condensation begins to form, remove the straw and make it come out of the mold. Do this just before it hardens permanently. Note: Plastic containers are reusable after this project – be sure to rinse any cement residue out of your mold immediately.
5.- Remove the molds and with the sponge of sanding, to iron out the possible roughness of the mold so that it is fine before painting.
6.- Paint the surface with the color you want. If you want to make a combination of colors, you can use painter’s tape and make triangles or squares of colors. They are also very decorative to the natural.