Though in NYC I was a frequent cement-graffiti reader (I used to wonder about the hearts and initials and dates I saw scrawled all over the sidewalks) and a one-time cement-graffiti maker...
|(Corner of Clinton & Livingston, Brooklyn Heights)|
...I had yet to really use concrete for anything. Enter a quick outdoor project- a cement planter for my dad. I grabbed a 20 lb bag of quick set cement from the Home Depot, a bucket to mix it in (using a paint stirrer), cooking spray, and two plastic bowls to use as molds.
There are recipes out there for planters that add pearlite and peat moss to the cement, but I decided to keep my first attempt simple. Cement only. First I sprayed down my plastic bowls with cooking spray (to make sure the planter would slide right out once it dried) and then I mixed the dry cement with some water. Wearing protective eyewear and gloves, of course. From what I understand, cement poisoning is no joke.
Then, I dumped the wet cement into my larger bowl. Once it was all in, I smushed the other bowl on top to shape the planter...
...and then let it dry for a day. 24 hours later, it slid out of the bowls easily and I was able to fill it up with flowers!
Seriously so simple! I'm excited to try more shapes & sizes! Stay tuned and stay homey!