Since my husband and father-in-law happen to know a lot about concrete
, I asked my father-in-law to help me experiment with a concrete dye to make some mini concrete pots – for succulents and such! I thought the dark, muddy concrete color turned out really neat on this one.
We got a bag of fast set concrete mix, so we worked fast as soon as we started adding water.
It’s a pretty easy process. Mix the liquid cement color with water, mix the dry concrete with water and then combine the two together. You can adjust the cement color mix for how deep you want the color to be.
I used a few different sizes of cartons and cans – the milk carton and coke can for a hole in the middle was my favorite size. We coated the sides of all the container combinations with vegetable oil for easy removal. We also had to fill the coke can with water so it would stay where we set it while the concrete dried. We tried one pot with a drainage hole (using a piece of a dowel) and it worked pretty well but the hole is large. Once you pour the concrete, tap the container lightly, all the way around, to loosen and release any air bubbles.
And Charles wouldn’t want me to forget this PSA, when you get the concrete mix all over your hands, be sure to wash it off quickly and completely. It’s not good to let that stuff sit on your skin!
And voila! I love my mini concrete succulent pots. Now I just need to find a home for them in my house!
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