Making A Cement Planter

I’m trying to get into this plant mom life; you can read about my plant life start HERE. As I begin accumulating more plants, I’ve come to realize to travel this planter’s journey will require vessels to house these new plant babies.

Now, I’ve seen some gorgeous planters, with the price tag to match! And who is not interested in tossing money to planters? It’s me!

My DI-trY journey always includes Youtube University; and during this enrollment, I found Casa Refined, who showed a great way to inexpensively create a cement planter. Casa Refined (Jorge)chose to use old thin towels; but I was able to find a few old t-shirts lying around the house. I think it may have been best to use old towels because cutting my old shirts was a tedious task. Although, I think it could also be attributed to the dull scissors I used. In all, I used about three old, thin tees.

These IKEA buckets were inexpensive and made for a decent height after super gluing the two bottoms together. Keeping in mind, when adding the plants of your choosing, there will be additional height added to the planter.

I mixed the cement as if making pancake batter. Hopefully, you’ve made pancake batter where you just add water. If not, you basically want the cement to not be too liquified but also not too pasty. A thin but thick texture, which I know sounds conflicting but trust me. If you try this, you’ll totally understand once you start mixing the cement. Side Note: don’t forget to wear a face mask of some sort to protect yourself from inhaling the cement dust as you mix.

After mixing the cement, it’s now time to take the cut-up shirt pieces; wet with “cement sauce” (not all at once; preferably individually but moving with a swift pace as the cement will begin to thicken in the mixing bucket)and start applying the shirt pieces to the bucket.

Allowing the finished application to dry over 24 hours, the cement planter now looks like this.

Notice the texture and sense of movement the tee shirts give the planter. I’m excited!

Before moving on to the next steps, I added one more coat of “cement sauce” over the completed planter -just to act like a final sealant. Once this cures, which wasn’t long since it’s presently 100 plus degrees here in Texas, you can either leave it as is or do what I did… Pull out a can of your favorite spray paint!

For me, I used Rustoleum Textured interior/exterior spray paint in black. Although the planter already has texture from using the cemented pieces of t-shirt, I still wanted to give the piece an added ‘lift’.

With some flowers added, this project made for a simplistic addition to my front porch. Now, I need to make another planter, but definitely early in the morning. That Texas heat is a BEAST!

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Until we meet again, be intentional about living your legacy now and genuinely!

Ya girl, Kim!

Top 5 Plants to Begin Your Plant Journey

from the perspective of a recovering plant killah

Listen to me when I tell you, “I have NOT a green thumb!” It’s more blackish-green than anything. The way my hands are set up for this plant life has made this plant journey indeed one of ups and downs -filled with some plants surviving me and my novice ways.

…but still I persist!

Because of the benefits with having plants filling your home’s atmosphere, I really am dedicated to learning this #plantlife. Having an asthmatic daughter, I want to incorporate as many natural ways that I can to help alleviate some of the breathing challenges she occasionally has. So, I continue on this DI-trY journey and will work my way to becoming an official #plantmom!

Here are my top 5 plants (and their benefits) that I’ve kept alive for a solid year! <inserts cheering while keeping my fingers crossed that they continue to thrive>

Top 5 Starter Plants

based on a true story by a recovering plant killah (ya’ll I even killed a succulent!)

  1. Spider Plant: easy to maintain; doesn’t require much attention -because I was infamous for missing watering days, and most articles advise you can miss watering these up to 3 weeks!

    Benefit: Coverts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night, making it a good bedroom plant.

  2. Birds of Paradise: water every 1-2 weeks. Likes humidity so incorporating a humidifier helps with growth. Perfect for giving tropical vibes type ambiance.

    • Benefit: Good for air circulation and purification.

  3. Pothos: can handle missing a few watering days; good in medium to bright light conditions. Perfect to sit high because it can grow with a trailing vine. In my opinion, a trailing vine looks good when they are daintily hanging low.

    Benefit: purifies the air while also helping eliminate odors.

  4. Elephant ear: gives tropical oasis vibe and requires moderate to frequent watering.

    Benefit: cutting the stem and rubbing it on an insect sting is said to help alleviate pain and swelling. (Note: I’ve never tried this, but my grandmother knew a bunch of remedies)

  5. Fiddle Leaf: this one and I have a slightly contentious relationship. Presently, there are approximately 5 leaves on my plant, and it took a while to get there. However, once it flourishes, it’s absolutely beautiful! Let’s add that most challenges I don’t back down from, and this Fiddler is a challenge!

Benefit: pretty much air purifying like most other plants

Helpful ways to care for and remember your plant babies

  • Have a schedule: Whether you set an alarm on your smart device or include it as a recurring event on your calendar, getting into a routine with your plant care helps them survive.

  • Feed them: Yes! Plants need food too. I’m not quite into composting (just yet), so I’ve been using plant food to feed my crew.

  • Use apps: My mom introduced me to an app where I can take a picture of the plant and the app usually recognizes the type of plant as well as gives a plethora of information -right down to why some of my leaves were dying off at a rapid pace.

  • Read: if you don’t want to use an app (as some require a fee), turn to the good ole internet. Hopefully, you can recall the name of your plant baby so you’re getting the most accurate information.

Hope this helps you start on your plant journey! Until we meet again, I’ll continue to be in learning mode and overcoming my plant killer instincts.


Ya girl, Kim!