DIY Cement Planters

Create some DIY cement planters for your growing collection of succulents and houseplants.

Whether it's at work or home, keeping some green near you can be quite refreshing, not to mention healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Here's an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to make budget-friendly planters with a few tools that may be lying around in your storage. 

Few tips on the cement mix: depending on the kind of texture you want for your planter, you might want to consider adding Peat Moss and Perlite, which may give a more open, porous texture. If you want to go for a smoother texture, add more water to make your mix runnier, but keep in mind that it will take longer to dry and harden. For all those avid plant-lovers out there, take a look at botanist Chris Satch's class on how to pick a perfect plant or how to take care of the ones you already have

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Materials Needed

  • Portland cement, Peat Moss and Perlite (optional)
  • Water
  • Mixing container
  • Milk carton, yogurt container, or food container
  • Plastic cups
  • Rocks/stones/glass cups to keep the placeholder grounded
  • Sandpaper


1. Mix cement and water by a ratio of 4:1, respectively
2. Milk Carton Planter:
       - Pour cement mix halfway through milk carton
       - Place a plastic cup inside and add rocks/stones to weigh it down
3. Yogurt Container Planter:
       - Pour cement mix halfway through yogurt container
       - Place a plastic cup inside and add rocks/stones to weigh it down
       - Cover the container with a cover (puncture for airflow)
4. Food Container Planter:
       - Pour cement mix two-thirds through food container
       - Put a placeholder and add some weight to it
5. Let the planters dry overnight
6. When they're fully dry, take off all the layers and sand the edges for a smoother texture
7. Fill them with your plants and succulents!