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Get Ready for Spring with DIY Faux Stone Planters

Two Approaches to Building Faux Stone Planters

Depending on the style you’re going for and the size of the planters you’d like to use, you might want to consider two different methods for constructing your own faux stone planters.

Method number one is the ‘Full Build’ method, where the planter itself is built using a concrete mix.

Method number two is the ‘Partial Build’ method, which uses an existing, store-bought planter as a base for adding faux stone.

DIY 'Full Build' Planters

To build a faux stone planter from scratch, you’ll want to acquire three ingredients:

  • Portland Cement Mix (this is the type of cement, not the origin). This is very cheap—80 pounds of it shouldn’t cost more than a few dollars.
  • Perlite. This is located in the gardening section of most hardware or nursery stores. Perlite is commonly used to aerate soil, but we’ll be using it to add a natural, rustic look to the planter.
  • Peat Moss. This ingredient adds a raw, earthy texture.

You’ll also need a large mixing bowl, personal protective equipment, and some disposable cups or bowls to use as molds.

To begin, you’ll want to mix equal parts concrete mix, water, perlite, and peat moss together in the mixing bowl. Be sure to use gloves and protective eyewear when doing this.

Once you’ve achieved a uniform mixture, the slurry will now be ready to pour into molds. Pour the faux stone mix into a cup or bowl of your choice, and then gently push another cup or bowl inside of your mold, creating a cavity where the plants will live.

After this step is complete, it’s time to encase the mold inside a plastic bag and set it outside to cure.

The cement curing process could take as long as 4 weeks. Once complete, you’ll be able to remove the mold, peel off the disposable bowls/cups, and place your plant of choice inside your new faux stone planter!

Love Your Planters All Year Long

The best part about making your own faux stone planters is that you can enjoy them year-round!

Use them for house plants or indoor herb gardens. They make a fantastic addition to any indoor or outdoor space, and they’ll go a long way in helping to complete the bold, natural look that stone provides.

Do you have a creative faux stone idea? We want to hear about it! Drop us a line and let us know how you use the look of faux stone to achieve your design dreams. We look forward to hearing from you!

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