Make Your Own Pots

Pots can be expensive lets be honest, especially when you are like me and want to turn every space (both indoor & out) into a mini jungle! We now make our own white pots, they are beautiful and it makes it easy for you to decide on colour, size, thickness and tons of other things. It really is a fun project and its all about the prize at the end.

What you will need as seen in below image.

Some tips to consider before:

The amount of mix you need to make is relative to the amount of pots you want to make and the size of them. This recipe gives a rough guide on proportions to use.

We used WHITE cement to achieve a white look but you can use any colour, there are options when it comes to cements.

The ‘pot mould’ will determine the size & shape of your pot so you can use anything as mould depending on what you are wanting to achieve (we used an old margarine tub.)

The “plastic cup filled with sand” is what is going to make the inside gap of your pot (where you put the soil & plant) so the size is relative to your mould. If you were using a bigger bucket as a mould you will need a bigger center piece! This should hopefully make more sense with the rest of the process images, have a look…

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Step 1: Add 2 parts pearlite to 1 part cement into a large mixing bucket.

Step 2: Start by adding one part water to the mix

Step 3: Slowly add extra water while mixing with your hand (recommended you wear a rubber gloves) until it makes a fluid mixture, not too runny.

Step 4: Bubbles will start to rise in the fluid mixture, tap the outside of the bucket to bring the bubbles to the surface.

*tip – If you haven’t seen bubbles you haven’t added enough water to the mix

*tip – don’t panic, you cant add too much water, rather more water than less!

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Step 5 – Spray the outside of the cup (filled with sand) with spray and cook (the more the better)

Step 6 – Spray the inside of the mould with spray and cook (the more the better)

Step 7 – fill the mould with the mixture

Step 8 – Push the cup filled with sand down in the center of the mould, all the way until you touch the bottom & then pull it up ever so slightly, leaving room for the base of the pot to form under the cup.

* tip – if your cup is falling over/ moving around – add more sand or rocks to make it heavier.

* tip – run your fingers over the top of the cement to smooth it out for a nice finish!

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Step 9 – Leave your pot mould in the shade outside for 48 hours.

Step 10 – Use your fingernail to scrape the top of the cement in order to feel if it is hard or not.

Step 11 – Wiggle & pull the centre cup out  and then tip over and lightly tap the outer mould to release the pot.

 

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We used glue and added some gold leaf circle to one of our pots, I love the way it came out. Let us know if you give this a bash.
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30 Comments

Nikki Smal
January 20, 20143:44 pm

LOVE it Xxxx

Jo
January 21, 201410:48 am

What a nifty DIY project – definitely going to try making one!

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January 26, 201411:44 am

Mentioned your diy on my blogpost I hope you dont mind
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Robyn - Zana
January 27, 20147:29 am

No problem! 🙂 Thanks for sharing our DIY 🙂

Ely
February 1, 201412:37 pm

Gracias, me encantó la idea y la voy a hacer, con las proporciones que ustedes dieron uno puede crear las macetas del tamaño y forma que necesitemos, Excelente idea. Un abrazo para ustedes.

Explorer
February 2, 201411:59 pm

Hi there,

I have never worked with cement before for a DIY. When the instructions say ‘cook’ does that mean in the oven?

Robyn - Zana
February 3, 20145:45 am

Hi 🙂 There is no çooking involved, you dry your pot outside (in warm conditions) and let is set for a few days! Depending on how watery your consistency was it will determine the length of time it takes to dry out & set!

Rose Delabar
June 4, 20148:46 pm

That is the name of the spray product., “Spray and cook” It took me a minute and reread it a couple times.

Robyn - Zana
June 5, 201410:10 am

Yes! Its an aerosol can which you use to grease baking tins before baking!

Anastasia
February 9, 201411:11 am

Can you use any type of ‘White Cement’? I’m from Australia and cannot find Pudlo in Melbourne. Also, is it better for the Perlite to be fine rather than rocky.

Thanks! 🙂

travista design
February 12, 20143:16 pm

this is so clever! i love it, and we have a bag of cement leftover from our bathroom project – I can’t wait to make some pots 🙂

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Kim
February 12, 20143:44 pm

Love this! Just a question though… I imagine these pots don’t allow for draining? So would it be best for succulents and layering in rocks and charcoal before your soil?

Robyn - Zana
February 13, 20145:24 am

Thanks! 🙂 Yes, I definitely wouldn’t put a sensitive plant in a pot with no draining hole. My succulents do totally fine in them though!

Aga @ Passion shake
February 16, 20142:57 pm

This is amazing! Thanks for sharing, I will have to try one day 🙂

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Zandre
March 17, 201512:00 pm

Ladies, love these pots! I want to try make them at home.

What is pearlite and where can I get it? I went to our local builders warehouse and they didn’t know what it was.

Thanks

Robyn - Zana
April 1, 201511:49 am

Hi Zandre!

Pearlite isnt like cement it is used to add air to soil. Look in the soil section. Perlite and vermiculite are both used to improve moisture retention and aeration in soil.

Hope this helps!

Robyn

Sarah
March 20, 20157:05 am

Did you use builders concrete, and also what is the equivalent of perlite in Australia?

Robyn - Zana
April 1, 201511:49 am

Hi Sarah!

Pearlite isnt like cement it is used to add air to soil. Look in the soil section. Perlite and vermiculite are both used to improve moisture retention and aeration in soil.

Hope this helps!

Robyn

hilary
October 6, 20154:03 am

Hey! Amazing pot! I have tried cement and sand and cracks have been forming. does the perlite prevent cracking? Does it matter what brand i use?
Thanks!

Tinus
December 28, 201512:26 pm

Hi where can i get the white cement. Our builders don’t have. Nobody can help me

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