How to Make Cement Pots?

How to make a red cement flowerpot

If you like crafts and get yourself an object that is resistant, then put on the gloves that in this article you are going to learn how to make cement pots. The plastic ones, although they are specially designed to withstand the inclemency of the weather, in the end after a few years they also spoil, and taking into account that plastic is a material that takes centuries to decompose, well what better than to make our own cement pots? These will last ... and will last ...

Would you like to know what you need to make these sturdy pots? Well, we will not only tell you that, but also we will explain step by step how to do them, here is your guide.

Materials you need to make cement pots

Before starting to make them, it is important to prepare beforehand all the material that will be needed so that, in this way, the work is easier and, incidentally, save a little time. Having said that, you should prepare the following:

  • 2 plastic containers that have the same shape, one being larger than the other.
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Gloves
  • Portland cement
  • Construction sand
  • Large plastic sheet
  • 2,50cm PVC tube
  • Spatula
  • And, if you do not like gray, you will also need cement color

Step by step to make cement pots

Small cement pot

Now that you have everything, let's move on to the most interesting part: making the cement pots. The first thing to do is coat the outside of the smallest container and the inside of the largest with non-stick oil. Then follow this step by step:

Step 1 - Make the drainage holes

Any special pot for plants worth its salt must have its holes so that the excess irrigation water can come out. Thus, we must proceed to cut from 2 to 4 pieces of PVC pipe with a height of at least 2,50cm.

Garden land
Related article:
The importance of drainage for our plants

Step 2 - Prepare the cement mix 

How to make the cement? In the following way: with the gloves on, you have to mix 3 parts of sand to 1 of cement with a little water in a basin or in a separate bucket. As the amount that is going to be needed to make the cement pot is rather small, you have to pour the water slowly to avoid being too watery. At this point you will have to add the cement color if you wish.

Step 3 – Making the mold of your homemade pots

Cement pots

Once the pasta is done, you have to pour it into the largest container, but only the right amount so that the smallest container can fit without problem (about 5cm). The pipes that will make the holes for the drainage have to be placed now, taking care that they are not covered by the cement.

By the way, if you don't want the tubes to show, spray with non-stick oil before placing them. Thus, when the cement pots or planters are already made, you can easily remove them.

Step 4 - Place the small container inside the large one 

With extreme care, you have to place the small container inside the large one, applying a little downward pressure.

Step 5 - Add more cement

To finish with the mold, you must add more cement between the large and small container. Insert the spatula in it so that it fits well.

Step 6 - Remove the small container

Now that everything is almost done, we have to wait 24 hours so that the cement begins to harden and set well. After that time, you have to wet the cement pots a little with a sprayer with cold water, and remove the small container.

Step 7 - Remove the large container

Round cement pots

The large container is the one that holds the cement pots and, therefore, is the most difficult to remove. To do it without problem, you have to cover it with a large piece of plastic, and wet it with cold water so that the cement stays wet for a week.

After seven days, remove the plastic and turn the pot upside down. Now, tap the plastic container, both on both sides and at its base. Then you can remove the container, and you can see how your cement pots have been.

Plastic containers must be well cleaned, since they can be used to make pots home.

Cement pots are very resistant and very easy to make. With a little patience, our plants can be in pots that do not require any maintenance, since they will withstand inclement weather. Without a doubt, it is worth waiting a week to have a much more personal patio or terrace, don't you think?

How to paint cement pots?

You can even make drawings on your pots once they are finished, using synthetic enamel It also resists humidity very well.

What do you think? Do you dare to make your own cement pots?

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  1.   Adriana said

    The explanation is very easy, I liked it

    1.    Alba said

      Hello. We have used dry mortar + water to make pots and after letting it dry for 3-4 days it turns into sand when pressed with the hand. Should we use another type of cement? Thanks

    2.    Josephine Romero Marco said

      Precious, very pretty

    3.    Marianella sharp said

      I have been making pots using a ratio of 2 sand and 1 cement, some of which have done well for me, they have never cracked or scratched. What if it is that some costs me a lot to remove from the plastic mold and I lose everything and I have to damage everything. Could you help me? And the other is good to use waterproofing inside the pot so that the water takes longer to evaporate and the root of the plant rots?

  2.   Ana Valdes said

    Oh how we are with the cement pots… Come on! I am going to look for information and I will complete this post to see if it is more useful to you. Greetings to everyone!

    1.    Luis said

      With the explanation that they give you in this article, you will never be able to make a flowerpot, search on Youtube »how to make homemade cement pots«, there they explain well how to do it.

  3.   Fernanda said

    Sorry, but what do you mean by colored earth? I don't understand that, thank you!



    1.    Fabiana said

      Hi .. here in Argentina the powder used to color cement is called "oxides" they are a kind of soil and it comes in different colors. Surely in the shops of elements for construction you will get it. Greetings

    2.    Lopez osornio said

      Hello, I tried to make them and after a few days they reel off, why is it?

  5.   Monica said

    Cute I love it?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      I'm glad you liked it 🙂.

  6.   Susana said

    I saw in other publications that they add sand to cement. The ones you make have only cement? what is the difference? I would also like to know how to waterproof them

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Susan.
      Cement mixed with water can be used to make very durable pots. Sand is usually added so that the cement is better to work with and is not so "pasty".
      To waterproof it, you can use a waterproofing purchased at a hardware store or construction store.
      A greeting.

  7.   Cristina said

    When you talk about covering the pot with plastic so that the cement comes out better, do you mean spraying the cement (inside the large mold) and then covering it with plastic? or to cover it first and spray over it?

    Is the cement you use normal quick-drying cement?

    Thank you!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Cristina.
      To make it come out better, it is advisable to spray the cement and then cover it with plastic.
      It is the normal drying cement, yes. 🙂
      A greeting.

  8.   Marcela Hernandez said

    Hello . I made the pots following the instructions to the letter.
    They were beautiful! But after weeks, cracks / cracks started to appear in the pots.

    What is done to avoid this?
    Thank you!

    1.    Mari Martinez said

      Exactly the same happened to me, I would like to know how to solve this!
      Could it be that you need to add sand?
      what a pity! 🙁

  9.   Alejandra said

    Hello, very good article. But it would be nice if they put the proportions of the mixture ... or what is the consistency at the time of dump
    Thank you!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Sorry for the delay in responding.
      The ratio is 2 sand to 1 cement.
      To avoid cracks, it can be given a pass with pure cement mixed with water.
      A greeting.

      1.    Mariela said

        Hello, what would the impermeability be? And at what time does it get?

    2.    Susana said

      I loved the question my is if the pot is fine, can you add more mixture later ???

  10.   Pablo said

    I throw some data the sand serves to lower costs and also to avoid contraction when setting the cement, the recommended proportion is 1 of cement 3 of sand to avoid cracking, do not leave the mixture in the sun. The most delicate point is how much water to use, less water is less manageable but the mortar achieved is harder, use as little as possible once the cement is placed in the mold, it is necessary to prevent it from drying out. first it sets and then it hardens ... the hardening is 70% approximately after 7 days is a fact to know when making very thin walls ... in construction, molds are usually left and protected from the sun, the dusting of cement tmb serves to seal the pore surface and I calculate that this prevents the mixing water from evaporating.
    Very nice post "thank you" I wanted to add a bit of info I am an architecture student. Sdos!
    PDT: I'm going to make my pots too 😉

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks for your comment, Pablo 🙂.

    2.    Clark said

      Hi! I know this is old ... but I'm looking for information and I saw your comment ... could I be lucky enough to answer? I am making cement pots. The ones I made with ferrites, most of them have broken. Then I made a more concentrated pair without ferrite and it looked good, but heavier. Later I made others without ferrite and more liquid, and they remained .. I don't know .. rare haha ​​.. very very dark gray .. question, how much ferrite to put in? is it better to use white cement and place sand? I'm using the concrete mix only, so I don't add sand, just water. Is it appropriate? do you have any idea? and another query, apply a waterproofing to the cement mixture, is it convenient? or it is indistinct .. Thank you very much

  11.   Nelson Ortiz said

    Good evening Monica, I have a question about the cement, you don't need to add sand and some water repellent to give it more resistance and permeability, the Portland is ready to use, isn't it ordinary cement?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Nelson.
      Yes, you can add sand, in fact it is the most advisable.
      The ratio is 2 cement to 1 sand.
      A greeting.

  12.   leonor said

    Hello, I made my pots but they were very sandy, I pass my finger on it and it falls apart. How do I improve the mix? I used only cement with water.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Leonor.
      It is advisable to add sand (picadín) to the mixture: 3 parts of sand for 1 of cement.
      A greeting.

  13.   ruben said

    Hello I made some pots with the indications. They were beautiful, but when I put them in the sun they cracked. I would like to know why that happens?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Ruben.
      It's probably because it lacks sand. The ratio is 3 parts of sand to 1 of cement.
      A greeting.

  14.   vilma said

    How can it be that you post at the outset that only cement is used and once we say that we have gone wrong there you say that you have to use sand. It seems to me that you are confusing us too much

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Fixed 🙂 The article is already updated. All the best.

  15.   Federico said

    Hello, I ask you a question, I make the pot and when it dries and I remove the small mold, the cement is dissolved, it remains as dust and pieces of it, I put 3 of cement, 3 of sand and 1 of black ferrite, and I do it liquid to copy the mold well, what am I doing wrong?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Federico.
      You are putting a lot of cement 🙂. You have to put 3 of sand by 1 of cement. Think that cement is the adhesive that holds everything together, and it is also very strong; a small amount is sufficient.
      A greeting.

  16.   adiela catano espinosa said

    I greet you accompanied by hugs and thanks for this wonderful teaching, beautiful the pots, I will let you know how to make them for my home

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Great 🙂

  17.   Beatrice. said

    Very good the contribution of Pablo (architecture student).
    Thank you!!!

  18.   Dove pigeon said

    Hello, excellent work, I am fascinated by a question when I break or ratchet, what should we do? ☺

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi dove.
      You have to mix 3 parts of sand for 1 of cement, and pass it through the pot.
      a greeting

  19.   Fabian Bertolotti said

    Very good I would like to know if you know how to make rectangular and square molds are to make with my students. Thank you.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Fabiana.
      For that you will need a plastic mold that has that shape 🙂
      The rest is to follow the steps indicated in the article.
      But if you have any questions, ask.
      a greeting

  20.   ANA maria de la Fuente said

    It is good but I do not see the proportion of cement and sand or lime, as I know, thank you very much

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Ana Maria de la Fuente.
      They are 3 parts of sand for 1 of cement.
      A greeting.

  21.   Andrew said

    I have followed the steps over and over again, I have tried different products, additives, fibers, etc.
    They keep cracking after placing the plant with soil and water.
    Any advice?

    Thank you

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Andres.
      Put 3 parts of sand for 1 of cement, to see if it works better 🙂
      A greeting.

  22.   daisy cano reyna said

    How can I make my plants like the cradle of moices
    have nice flowers

  23.   claudia nunez said

    very good explanation and beautiful designs in the photos !!!
    I am interested in making pots and I would like to receive more information

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Claudia.
      In the article you have all the information, but if you have more questions, you can contact us.
      A greeting.

  24.   rene lime said

    Hello, I liked this project of pots, it also gives reins to the imagination and I think it is an exercise for the mind

  25.   Patricia said

    Hi there! how to do to give it color like in the picture? Thanks!

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Patricia.
      You have to mix the powdered coloring with a transparent alcoholic drink, like white rum or anise for example. And then proceed to paint 🙂
      A greeting.

  26.   Irantzu said

    How can I polish the top edge of a flower pot?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hi Irantzu.
      You can do it with sandpaper, or a cork block for sanding. But do it carefully.

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    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Great 🙂

  28.   Dionisio Leon Corrales. said

    I was missing some very important data. I am very grateful to them. Greetings.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks to you 🙂

  29.   Nella ducca said

    jewel..I love it….

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Great, we are glad to know that you have been interested. Greetings!

  30.   Juan Zamudio said

    Excellent teaching, this is encouraging me to start making concrete pots, in order to help me financially, because I have lost my job and I am a senior citizen, if you could send me some other courses, I will be eternally grateful, blessings.

  31.   Caro said

    Hello, I made a cement pot, dosage 1: 3, unmolding it was easy but it left some lines (cracks) that even when sanding it was ugly, it did not achieve a smooth finish like the one I was looking for. I painted it thinking that it would be less noticeable but it is not enough. How do they make it smooth? In my case it is a cylindrical pot. Greetings!

  32.   Silvia said

    For a 40 × 40 pot we have needed about 35 kg of mortar. We buy it already as a ready-made mortar. We have made the wooden molds but it is impossible to remove the inner mold. Also the pot cracks and breaks. Nor has it been smooth, rather sandy. Advice?

  33.   Juan Zamudio said

    Good afternoon, the course is interesting, the truth is that I want to undertake in the manufacture of concrete pots and porta planter with two movable plastic levels, for online sales and I would appreciate your support

  34.   Gabriela said

    Hello, where can I get the plastic containers?

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Gabriela.

      You may find them in plant nurseries.


  35.   Beatriz said

    Hi there! I made them and they become sand ... I used 2 parts of sand and 1 of portland cement ... Will I have put a lot of water or what could have happened?
    A downturn ...

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Beatriz.

      You may have added a lot of water. You just have to add enough to form a paste, so that it is easy to mold it.

      Cheer up!

  36.   Luz Yaneth Morales said

    Thank you very much, excellent very well explained, congratulations

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Thanks to you, Luz.

  37.   Walter Timoszuk said

    Hello, I wanted to know why the pots crack, I have a ready mix, that is, cement bought in a bag. Please I would need an answer, since you know a lot, thank you.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Walter.

      It may be that you have added more water than it needs 🙂