Concrete is a very underrated material considering how versatile it is and how many really great DIY concrete project ideas are out there. We’ve put our favorite ones in a list and we’re sharing it with you in the hopes that they’ll inspire you to explore some of the options yourself.
You can make painted concrete letters which you can then display around your home or offer as gifts. You need concrete mix, paper mache letters, a mixing bowl, sandpaper, tape and acrylic paint. The concrete goes into the letter mold, you let it harden and then you sand it down and paint it.
You can also make your own custom concrete planters which you can shape however you want. Once again, the project is fairly simple. You need quick drying concrete, two paper cartons of different sizes for the mold, a mixing bowl, duct tape, sandpaper a square wooden dowel and some basic tools.
Coasters are very useful but usually they’re also boring and lack any sort of character. Consider decorating your own concrete coasters which will give you an incentive to actually use them. This can also work for coasters made of other materials as well. Have fun creating cool geometric patterns using tape and adding color to your design with acrylic paints.
Another one of our favorites is this minimalist concrete succulent planter. Notice the smooth surface and lines and the simplistic design which go perfectly together. If you want to make something just as beautiful you’re going to need the following: a small non-stick cake baking tray, a small plastic container, concrete mix and sandpaper.
We mentioned before that you can decorate your coasters to make them look nice and pretty but what if you want to actually make your own coasters from scratch? That can be done too. Check out these concrete hexagon coasters and let them inspire you. Assuming you don’t have molds which you can use, you’re going to have to use cardboard and duct tape as an alternative.
It’s not just little things and decorations that you can make out of concrete but also larger structural pieces such as a concrete desk top. This one is not made entirely of concrete but is, in fact, a wooden top coated in concrete. This gives it a nice finish and is a simple and interesting way to refresh an old or damaged table or desktop.
You can also use a similar strategy to refresh your kitchen counters. It’s an intermediate-level project for which you’re going to need Ardex Feather Finish concrete underlayment, a large trowel, a small putty knife, sandpaper and sealant. Your new concrete countertops will look like new and they’ll give the kitchen a fresh vibe.
Now let’s get back to all the small projects because, let’s face it, they’re the most fun. Check out our tutorial on how to make concrete candle holders. All you need for that is some concrete mix, water, plastic cups and tealight candles. You can paint the candle holders at the end if you want to or you can just leave them as they are.
These are concrete globes which you can display around your garden. They were made using old glass lamp globes as molds. The other supplies required include cement, moss, potting soil, water, a mixing container, cooking spray, a file, a wire brush and a hammer. Check out the full tutorial on thegardenglove.
We also enjoy this project featured on bybrittanygoldwyn which shows you how to make a concrete base for a faux flower. Before anything else, you’ll need to find a faux flower that looks nice and that you like. The concrete base will keep it upright and secure and will act as a sort of permanent vase for it.
These are mini Christmas trees made out of concrete and they’re very simple-looking and quite abstract which actually means you can also use them as everyday decorations which you can display on shelves and tables or use as bookends and paperweights. Check out diyinpdx to find out how to make these.
In case you didn’t know it, you can make your own light fixtures and it’s actually not that complicated. Start with something small and simple like this DIY concrete lamp featured on agusyornet. You can use a tin can as a mold and a piece of cardboard tube for the hole at the center where the lamp holder and bulb fit.
Because concrete is so malleable, you can shape it into whatever you want and create all sorts of cool things with it, like these concrete pumpkin decorations featured on lilyardor for example. Wondering what you’re going to use as a mold? A pair of tights and some rope. Everything will make sense once you check out the full tutorial.
Here’s a little project for your desk: DIY concrete noteholders. They’re cute and small and you can decorate them if you want to or create cool-looking designs and patterns using paint and tape. Check out the instructions for this project on letsmingleblog.
These planters have a nice texture to them and to understand how that was achieved all you have to do is check out the list supplies used for this project. It includes cement, water, a mixing container, a plastic bottle, water-based paint and old bath towels. Look for towels that have a rich texture. You can also use colored ones or towels with a certain design or pattern on them. This will affect the way your planters will end up looking. Check out gabiralea for more details.
On the same note, we also want to show you these asymmetrical concrete planters which are perfect for small succulents and cacti. To make them you’re going to need white concrete, metal or silicone bowls to use as molds and a cake pan, a plastic ball cut in half, rocks, a mixing bowl, acrylic craft paint and plants. You can find more details on akailochiclife.
If you like the look of concrete but don’t want the weight and everything else that comes with it, you could consider using concrete scrapbook paper in your projects. One thing you could is a set of faux concrete vases like the ones featured on cherishedbliss. You can adapt this idea to suit other styles if you prefer the look of wood or marble instead of concrete.
You know what else you could make out of concrete? Egg cups. You can make them using cupcake paper cups and boiled eggs. It’s a fun and easy project and there are a lot of ways in which you can customize it using acrylic paints, tape or even other supplies. Be creative and add your own style to this project. You can get some inspiration from fairytalechristmas.
How about something fancy, like a diamond-shaped concrete container which you can use a jewelry box or perhaps as a small hanging planter? The first thing you’re going to need to make is a concrete mold. You can find the template along with instructions on madebybarb. Once you have the mold, it’s all just a matter of pouring the concrete mix in and letting it dry and harden. The last step is to decorate the container. You can use gold leaf for a chic touch.
This is a concrete trivet which may seem difficult to make considering the parts involved but is in fact quite simple. You can make the concrete rods using ice cube trays as molds. Make sure to leave holes at the ends so you can run some thread through and put together the trivet. You can find a detailed tutorial for this project on hungryheart. As always, don’t hesitate to add your own touch to the design in which case creativity is the key to everything.