Sometimes it’s tough to find just the right pot for your plants to match your style. But you can create your own pots using cement and decorating them with a custom copper pattern.
Take the look in an industrial, modern or glam direction, depending on your decor.
Make Cement and Copper Pots
Step 1: Select Molds
Choose a large plastic container for your outer mold and a smaller plastic container for the inner mold.
Step 2: Mix the Cement
In a large sturdy bucket, thoroughly mix quick-setting cement according to package directions for the size of your container.
Safety: Wear gloves while handling cement.
Step 3: Pour the Cement
- As quickly as possible after mixing, pour the cement into the outer mold container.
- Press the inner container into the cement, forcing it up the sides.
- If you have a hand sander or other vibrating tool, you can use it to help vibrate air bubbles out of the cement, otherwise just shake and tap the container by hand.
- Use a gloved finger to smooth down the top of the cement, and place a heavy object such as a brick to weigh down the inner mold.
- Set the project aside to cure for at least 12 hours.
Step 4: Unmold the Pots
- Overturn the mold, and press the cement pot out to release it from the container.
- Pull the inner container out.
Tip: If it doesn’t release easily, you may need to cut or break it to remove it.
Step 5: Decorate your Pot
- Use adhesive copper slug tape to decorate the pots.
- When placing the tape on the cement, partially remove the backing, adhere the tape, and smooth out air bubbles as you peel away the remainder of the backing and press the tape onto the pot.
Some ideas for designs:
- Stripes – Vertical, horizontal or diagonal
- Polka-dots – Use a large hole-punch to create the dots.
Tip: Although we show this project done with mixing containers, clean plastic food containers also make great molds. Just make sure not to use containers that you plan to eat out of, or containers that are not disposable, since they might break when removed.