Make your own concrete plant pot

Posted: 9th May 2018

Are you looking for a stylish and unique accessory for your home?

Then why not make your own Concrete Plant Pot? You can either make one or a collection of identical / different sized pots depending on your preference, which are guaranteed to look great on your windowsill or desk.

We have just the tutorial for you, courtesy of Ryobi, which explains how you can create yours...

You will need

Concrete (you can use rapid drying cement if you’re in a hurry, but bear in mind it won’t be as strong as standard cement)
Coarse / concrete sand
Empty Tin Can
Plywood, 18mm (small scrap piece)
Packing tape
Petroleum jelly


2inch/51mm hole saw
Drill driver
Angle grinder
Sander or sand paper
Optional: Flat headed screwdriver


1 From a scrap piece of plywood, use your hole saw to cut three circles using the 2 inch hole saw. Sand any rough edges.

2 Tape together your plywood circles to form a stack. These will create the space to put your plant or tea light. Then apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to cover the entire stack to make it easier to remove from the concrete later.

3 Prepare your can by emptying the contents out and removing the outer label. Use your angle grinder to make a single vertical cut down the can, which will make it easier to release the concrete piece later. Tape the can back together.

4 Combine 4 parts coarse sand to 1 part cement in a bucket using your trowel, and stir in enough water to bind the mixture (add a small amount, stir, and repeat until it looks right).

Tip: As your finished piece won’t need to be as strong as a building structure, you can use more cement, which will result in a smoother finish.

5 Once mixed, use your trowel to transfer a small amount of the cement into the base of the empty can.

6 Place your circular plywood stack into the centre of the can so it extends a little above the lip of the can. Then carefully fill the rest of the can with cement, pressing firmly to ensure there aren’t any air bubbles. Fill to just above the lip of the mould, then use a scrap piece of wood to smooth the top, making sure not to cover the top of the stack.

7 Leave to set for a few days, or follow the instructions on your concrete pack.

8 To release the concrete from the can mould, remove the tape from the can. Then whilst wearing gloves, prise apart the can at the cut you made earlier.

9 Once the can has been removed, carefully pull the circular plywood stack from the concrete. If you have difficulty removing the plywood, drill holes into it and carefully prise out using a flat-headed screwdriver.

10 Place your plant inside and enjoy your handiwork!

Tutorial courtesy of Ryboi