decoration, DIY

DIY geometrical planters.

January 22, 2015

Following last weeks DIY project, I wanted to share another concrete project with you. This little planters I made are the result of my ongoing love for pots and planters (which you might have noticed on Pinterest).


I’m tired of all the 0815-pots that my plants have to live in. I wouldn’t want that if I were them. So I made it my mission to build them new homes. These geometrical concrete planters are the first I made.


All you need is:
– magazines for the thick paper of the cover and back
– scissors
– 2 empty tea light holder
– painter’s tape
– 2 part cement
– 1 part water
– a bowl
– a spoon

If you’ve never worked with cement: I made a Skillshare class explaining the do’s and don’ts and showing how to mix it and make something cute. This will get you started.

Download the templates for the planters here. I used the templates for the Octahedron and the Dodecahedron. Now stick the printer paper on the magazine cover and cut them out. Fold them according to the template and stick them together.


Now support all the folds with painter’s tape to make it more stable. Put them on your work bench and mix the cement as described on the packaging. Pour the mixture into your geometrical shapes and push in the tea light holder. For the Dodecahedron I made the walls higher with some more magazine paper, so the whole gets deeper. Put some small stones or something other heavy and small into the mold and wait until it’s dried. As I used quick cement it only took half an hour. Now take the shapes out of the molds (rip the paper) and let them dry overnight. Voilá! Your geometrical succulents planters are done!


Don’t plant plants that need a lot of water as the concrete will soak up the water and might become soft. Succulents or cactus are perfect.


What do you think of this little eye pleasers?! They are my favorite new decoration and I still think about what else I could use them for besides planters. Any ideas?


Now. Carry on!


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  • Reply Hannah @ Eating with Alice January 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

    These planters look so fantastic, especially with the succulents! They really suit each other!

    I have a reputation as a bit of a plant-killer – I just can’t seem to keep them alive! Succulents would be a great alternative for me, as you don’t need to water them as often (though, I’m sure I’d still manage to destroy them somehow…)

    I’m really impressed! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Reply sarah January 24, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      I love succulents too. I once managed to kill a cactus because I forgot to water them. This planters catch my eyes and hopefully remind me than that the plant needs a little water… 🙂

  • Reply Tatiana February 8, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    These are beautiful! I just wanted to know if the thick pages of the magazine (the cover and the back of the magazine) are on the inner or outer part of the geometric shape. I’m not sure whether, after taping or gluing the magazine to the white paper, the magazine is on the inner side that touches the cement.

    • Reply sarah February 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Tatiana,

      the white paper is only for the template. Since you can’t print on the magazine cover you need to print on white paper first. Then cut out the shape on the thicker paper. It doesn’t matter if a colored side of the paper touches the cement. It will work either way.

      • Reply Tatiana February 8, 2015 at 10:26 pm

        Thank you!

  • Reply Dre August 1, 2015 at 2:03 am

    I used photo paper for my mold and is way too flimsy for the wet cement mixture 🙁 I’ll try reinforcing the folds with tape the second time around. I’ve also seen people make cool knobs out of these; just place a screw where you would normally make a hole for plants!

    • Reply sarah August 1, 2015 at 9:06 am

      The folds have to be reinfotced by tape. That’s right. Or it will just run out.
      The knobs are a great idea! I might try that sometimes. 😊

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