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D.I.Y Cement Planters

D.I.Y Cement Planters
D.I.Y Cement Planters

This is a really fun DIY project. All you need is some cement mix, molds (aka old dishes or containers) and your imagination. The sky’s the limit with what you can do with this project.

1. To get started on your DIY cement planters, you’ll need Ohorongo cement, sand and water. Depending on how smooth or textured you want your end result to look you can add course sand or stones to your mixture but those things are totally optional. We recommend a mixing ratio of 1 to 1(same amounts of cement and sand).

2. For this mixture we went for a semi-textured look so used one part course sand to one part cement. The amount of water is an eyeball thing. What we figured out is the more water you use the thinner and more runny the consistency. The result of a runnier mixture is that you have less air bubbles which makes for a smoother finish but it takes a LONG TIME to cure and harden. We mixed everything in a big bucket and added water a little at a time until the mixture seemed right.

3. Now this is where working with cement gets fun. Anything you can think of you can pretty much create with cement. We’ve collected old jars, glasses, etc. that we used for our cement molds. You could even use milk cartons, old plastic food containers, you name it, you could probably use it. Make sure to coat the mold generously with cooking spray so it will release when ready. If not, you’ll have to break your containers to get your creation out.

4. Shave the edge with a knife before cement is totally dry to create a smooth edge or alternatively this is where we recommend a runnier mixture because it self-levels and no smoothing is necessary.

Source: www.remodelaholic.com/2014/03/diy-cementplanters-garden-globes

Useful mixing ratios
CEM II/A-LL 32.5 N CEMENT SAND STONE
High strength
High strength and watertight concrete, driveways and carports
1 1 1
Medium strength
Concrete floors, patios, footpaths, etc.
1
Low strength
Concrete foundations and footings
1 2 2
Exterior / Dry Mortar and Plaster
Mortar and plaster exposed to dampness - mix designs are based on the use of good quality sand
1 2 -
Interior / Dry Mortar and Plaster
Mortar and plaster not exposed to dampness - mix designs are based on the use of good quality sand
1 3 -
CEM II/A-LL 42.5 N CEMENT SAND STONE
High strength
High strength and watertight concrete, driveways and carports
1
Medium strength
Concrete floors, patios, footpaths, etc.
1 2 2
Low strength
Concrete foundations and footings
1
Exterior / Dry Mortar and Plaster
Mortar and plaster exposed to dampness - mix designs are based on the use of good quality sand
1 2 -
Interior / Dry Mortar and Plaster
Mortar and plaster not exposed to dampness - mix designs are based on the use of good quality sand
1 3 -
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