I’ve been wanting to do something with concrete for a long time now. Concrete DIY's have been trending for a while now and I know this idea might be a little outdated, but I wanted to still give it a shot anyway.
I have always been a fan of the industrial light look and decided to start there.
I had a hard time finding the right concrete at The Home Depot. I didn’t want a 60 lb bag and I noticed all the concrete they had was rough and had gravel in it, but maybe I was looking in the wrong area. I ended up finding this Quikrete concrete mix at OSH Hardware. The texture was exactly what I wanted, soft and smooth. My store even had a 10 lb bag which was easy to carry out.
Materials for Planter
Quikrete concrete mix
1 large plastic planter
1 smaller plastic planter
Materials for Lamp
Quikrete concrete mix
Light bulb outlet
An xacto knife
Mix the concrete:
1. Pour concrete mix and add water according to the instructions on the bag.
1. I felt the mix was still too dry when I followed the instructions, so I added a little more water as I went until I got the consistency I desired.
Create mold for the lamp
1. Cut the top off the milk carton with the xacto knife.
2. Cut the bottom of the carton creating a slit for the lamp cord to go through
3. String the cord through then opening
4. Tape the cord in place.
5. Pour the concrete into the carton being careful not to get any concrete in the light bulb outlet. (I probably should have put some paper or tape inside to protect it).
6. Continue pouring and shaking the carton every once in a while to get out some of the bubbles. I wanted my lamp to have a slight bubble texture, so I wasn’t too heavy on the shaking.
7. Let dry for about 24 hrs.
8. Tear the carton open and take out your lamp
9. Sand the top if needed.
Create mold for Planter
1. I placed the small planter inside the large planter and then poured concrete in through the sides.
- I think next time I will just pour in concrete and push the small planter into the large one.
2. Shake it out a bit.
3. Put something heavy inside the planter to weigh it down.
4. Let dry for about 24 hrs.
5. Flip over the large planter and the concrete should side out
6. The smaller planter is harder to come out. You’ll need some strength to shimmy it out.
7. Sand if needed.