How to Make a Cement Garden Pot


Container gardens are a convenient means of growing flowers, herbs and vegetables for narrow spaces, patios, rooftops and balconies. Although a wide variety of containers are commercially available, some gardeners prefer to make their own containers. Cement containers are popular DIY projects because they are sturdy, durable and provide added protection to a plant's root system. Creating your own cement container for the garden is as easy as making a mud pie.

Step 1

Bend chicken wire reinforcement over a Styrofoam ice chest to make the "skeleton" of the pot.

Step 2

Mix cement with water according to the instructions on the cement mix package. The cement should be the consistency of a mud pie. Add cement dye, if desired.

Step 3

Apply cement mix to the exterior of the wire-covered ice chest until the cement layer is 1 to 2 inches thick.

Step 4

Cover the ice chest with plastic sheeting to cure.

Step 5

Remove the ice chest from the cement when the cement has cured and dried.

Step 6

Apply a layer of cement to the inside of the planter.

Step 7

Cover the cement with plastic and allow it to cure.

Things You'll Need

  • Cement mix
  • Cement dye
  • Chicken wire
  • Styrofoam ice chest
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety mask
  • Protective clothing


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  • Garden and Yard Decor

Who Can Help

  • Concrete Planters
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