DIY Heart-Shaped Concrete Planter

As promised, I want to explain in a bit more detail how I made the DIY heart-shaped concrete succulent planter for Walker’s Valentine’s Day gift. While I could have easily gone to the hardware and craft stores for all of the supplies for the project, I chose to simplify my life and buy a “Cast Your Own” planter kit from NativeCast for $10 that included the exact supplies I needed (and the concrete is “green!”).

Photo Source: www.nativecast.com

Photo Source: www.nativecast.com

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If you decide to go find the supplies yourself, you will need to find a small bag of concrete mix (good luck on this one… concrete mix is usually sold in large bags of 50 lbs. or more! Keep your eyes peeled for a smaller “patching” kit) and a cardboard mold (craft stores sell cardboard craft boxes like the one pictured above in many shapes/sizes). Thankfully, my kit included just the right amount of concrete mix for my little planter so I didn’t have to hunt it down.HeartPlanter2

Start by wetting the cardboard box mold to ensure that you will be able separate the mold from the concrete after it dries. Then, following the instructions on your concrete mix packaging, add the appropriate amount of water to the mix so that you get a pliable paste.HeartPlanter3 HeartPlanter4

My kit came with a little wooden spreading tool but you can use a disposable spoon or something similar to spread the concrete along the inside of the cardboard mold, adding a drop or two of water to the mix if it becomes too dry.HeartPlanter5

Once all of the concrete has been spread out in the mold, use the spoon to smooth out all of the edges and make a small hole at the bottom for drainage. Set aside your project so that the concrete can dry according to the directions (mine took 12 hours but I left it for 24 hours to be sure).HeartPlanter6

Once the concrete has dried, tear or cut the cardboard mold away from the concrete. If any of the cardboard sticks, use a wet cloth to soak away the remaining pieces.HeartPlanter8 HeartPlanter7

Your planter is done! How easy was that!? I added soil and succulents to my heart-shaped planter before giving it to my valentine. I love the rustic look and the handmade feel of the concrete planter. We may have to order a few more kits and make a bunch of these for our backyard! :)HeartPlanter9_new HeartPlanter10HeartPlanter2 HeartPlanter1

**I was in no way compensated for this post by NativeCast… I just think their product is awesome! :)**



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  1. Melanie

    February 25, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Love this! I’m definitely going to have to try this sometime.

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    • Erika

      February 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Thanks Melanie! Yeah, it was super easy… I want to make another one! :)

      Reply
  2. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    February 25, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Well that is just gosh darn adorable!

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    • Erika

      February 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks Amy! :)

      Reply
  3. Gabbi

    February 25, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    What a sweet and beautiful idea!! I love this!

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    • Erika

      February 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks so much Gabbi!

      Reply
  4. Trina @ Let's Just Build a House

    February 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    i love it! and sooo easy hmmm we have lots of concrete bags lying around..

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    • Erika

      February 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Trina! Lucky… can I borrow some so I can make more planters?! ;)

      Reply
  5. michelle@decorandthedog

    February 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How cute! What a nice little home for those succulents!

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    • Erika

      February 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks Michelle! I like it so much that now I want to make a giant one with tons of little succulents. I’ve created a monster. ;)

      Reply
  6. Courtney

    February 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    omg give me that right now!! i adore this!!

    xo, Courtney
    shabbyloveschic

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    • Erika

      February 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Haha thanks Courtney! Actually, if you prefer not to DIY, there is a place near you called Roger’s Gardens that sells heat-shaped terracotta pots already pre-made! I almost bought one from there instead but I was too lazy to drive down to Irvine! :)

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  7. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    February 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

    This is adorable! What a cute gift idea!

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    • Erika

      February 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Ashley! I was happy because he loved it! :)

      Reply
  8. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    February 27, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve never heard of NativeCast before, but I really like this idea of DIYing a green planter! Yours turned out so great – I’m going to have to look into this :)

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    • Erika

      February 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks so much Kristen! Yeah, I hadn’t heard of them before I started researching for this project. I think I am going to order a few more kits for our backyard. The rustic concrete looks so cool! :)

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