How to Make a Concrete Planter

What You'll Need
Concrete squares
Caulk gun
Block adhesive
Potting mix

Making a concrete planter is a relatively easy task, which in its simplicity can greatly enhance the look of your garden’s décor. Concrete planters can also be used in various other outdoor settings because they can easily amalgamate well with any style.

 Step 1: Decide On the Location/s, Number and Size

First of all you should take a good look around your garden or outdoor area to decide which are the free corners, borders or spaces that can hold one or more concrete planters. Do this while making sure that these areas will not be in the way or considerably reduce the area available for other activities. Furthermore it is important to consider what type of plants one will be planting in each concrete planter to check whether the area will expose the plants to too much sun. In such a case you may need to think twice regarding the most suitable areas. After having decided which areas are best then you can decide the size of each concrete planter you will make and subsequently the number of concrete planters.

Step 2: Purchase the Concrete Squares

Once you have decided on the number of concrete planters to build and their respective sizes, purchase enough concrete to start off your project.

Step 3: Form the Outer Part

Use four concrete squares for every concrete planter you will be building, to form their outer part, in the form of a square. To attach each one to the other, you just need to use block adhesive, however it is best to have someone help you out during the gluing process. Then, use a caulk gun to apply some caulk along the edges.

Step 4: Place the Base

Once the caulk has dried up well and hardened considerably, the base can be put into place. At this point you can place the final paver which will be the base of the concrete planter once you turn it over. Again apply some caulk around the border and edges for better fastening. Allow enough time for it to dry well before proceeding.

Step 5: Drill Holes For Ventilation

Carefully drill holes at the base of the concrete planter to allow some ventilation from underneath and to enable excess water to overflow better.

Step 6: Place In the Desired Location

Haul the concrete planter carefully to the desired location.

Step 7: Fill With Potting Mix

Once the caulk has dried up completely you can then fill your concrete planter with potting mix and plant the plants or flowers you desire.

It is best to work outdoors since the whole process may be a bit messy. Furthermore make sure to keep in mind that concrete planters are heavy, so you should consider to put on gloves when carrying them from one place to another and to preferably ask someone to help you when transporting them.