How to Weather Concrete Planters

Overview

Concrete planters are a great accessory for your porch or patio. The thickness of concrete makes anything that you plant inside more resistant to damage from freezing and cracking. While new concrete planters can stick out when they have just been purchased, you can give your concrete planter an aged look with a little paint and the application of some moss. Before long, your planters will look as if you purchased them from an estate sale, or have had them for a long time.

Applying a Patina

Step 1

Mix 1 part latex paint and 1 part water in each plastic container.

Step 2

Apply the gray-black paint mixture with a sponge over the entire concrete planter.

Step 3

Rub the paint away in places using a cotton rag to create varying tones in the texture of the paint.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the brown-green paint mixture.

Step 5

Dab the white paint mixture to cracks and crevices to resemble limestone deposits. Wipe away the excess with a cotton rag.

Step 6

Wipe the blue-green paint mixture across raised designs. Wipe away the excess with a cotton rag.

Adding Moss

Step 1

Collect moss from around your area.

Step 2

Chop the moss into fine bits.

Step 3

Spread the moss over a newspaper in a dry, dark room and allow it to dry.

Step 4

Combine 1 cup flour, 2 cups buttermilk, 2 packages dry yeast, 2 tbsp. of corn syrup and 1 ½ cups dry moss in a mixing bowl.

Step 5

Put the mixing bowl in full sun and allow it to sit for approximately three days.

Step 6

Brush the mixture on the exterior of your concrete container.

Step 7

Wrap the container in plastic wrap and place in partial sun. The pot will grow mold in 2 weeks, and sprout a nice layer of moss within 6 weeks. Move the container to its final location when moss has grown.

Things You'll Need

  • Gray-black latex paint
  • Brown-green latex paint
  • Blue-green latex paint
  • Soft white latex paint
  • 4 large sponges
  • Cotton rags
  • 4 plastic containers
  • Moss
  • Knife
  • Newspaper
  • Corn syrup
  • Flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Dry yeast
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic wrap

References

  • Weekend Gardener Monthly Web Magazine: Antique Your Pots & Add Fall Flowering Plants!
  • The Gilroy Dispatch: How to Add Years to Brand New Furniture, Garden Decorations, Walkways and More

Who Can Help

  • The Artistic Garden: How To Grow Moss Technique
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About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."