DIY Cement Hanging Planters

 This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When I’m browsing Pinterest, one of my favorite mediums I see people working with is concrete. However, when I tried using some myself to make a few pots awhile back, it wasn’t my favorite. Creating molds and smoothing it out was stressful, plus it was so bulky and heavy that it wasn’t super practical.  That is why I am SO excited to share with you today’s project because it combines all the best parts of working with concrete without having to work with concrete at all! Let me tell you all my secrets.
When we visited Plaid HQ in Atlanta in the spring, we tried out a bunch of Plaid’s newest products, including the new FolkArt Painted Finishes! This is the coolest line of paints that leaves your projects with the illusion of Rust, Moss, Barnwood and more, including Concrete! I am obsessed with this line (that just hit the shelves!) and love how it can transform projects. Using the concrete finish is particularly awesome because it gives the dimension and texture of concrete without having to actually work with concrete!
Since I loved these finishes so much when we visited Plaid, I was so excited to get my hands on them and show what they can do and today is that day! I’m going to show you how I made the funnest concrete hanging planters full of unique texture and style. Here’s how I did it:
FolkArt Painted Finishes in Concrete (there are two colors that you can use to give extra dimension to your projects, but I just used the lighter color for this project.)
Oven Bake Clay
Wooden Beads
Small Indoor Plant
Brushes for applying the finishes and gilding
1. Roll out clay with a rolling pin until clay is about 1/4-1/2 an inch thick.
2. Cut out your shapes (you’ll need 3 triangles of equal size). I used a piece of cardboard I had cut out as a guide so that each side was equal.


3. Very carefully mold your sides together, smoothing the clay until all seams disappear (this is especially important on the inside since you want the planters to be water-tight), and you like the shape of the pot.

Now, let’s pause for a quick crafter’s note. When I was photographing this particular planter I forgot to poke a hole in each triangle for the rope. It worked out fine since this clay is still relatively soft even after it’s baked so I was able to easily drill in holes. However, if you don’t have a drill, or just want to make your life easier, make sure to punch a hole in each triangle BEFORE baking. With my other pot I used a straw to do this and it worked great!


4. Bake your pot according to your package directions, checking on it regularly at first to make sure that it holds its shape.


5. Now my favorite part! Once your pot has cooled completely, add your FolkArt Painted Finishes! Application is foolproof since it is a super easy-to-use, dab-on formula. Plus, this step was so fun because the pot was so flat and boring after it was baked and applying the paint gave it so much dimension and texture!


Can you believe you get all of that texture from a paint? The. Coolest. Plus, since we used oven bake clay, these pots are so light, it only looks like they are dense and heavy.


6. Once you have let your paint dry completely, it’s time to apply your gilding! To apply, blot pot with glue and let dry until it turns from white to clear. Once the glue is clear, rub on your gilding sheets and pull up, leaving behind gold pieces on the pot. Feel free to use your fingers or a gilding brush to smooth pieces against the pot.


Isn’t it gorgeous? I am obsessed with the contrast of the gold with the more industrial look of this concrete!


7. Once you have applied your gold gilding, it’s time to plant and attach your rope! Using the holes you created before baking, string a piece of rope through each hole and tie off near each hole. Next, lift the pot by the rope and make sure the pot hangs straight before tying off a knot a foot or so above the pot. Thread the ends through the bead, then knot the ends together again at the top so it is easy to hang.


That’s it! Now you have a couple of beautiful concrete planters that no one will ever know are not made of concrete! I think that pretty much makes you a magician. David Blaine better watch his back.
IMG_8874The way the light hits that gilding gives me major heart eyes, and all of the contrasting textures (concrete, gold, rope, and that green plant) are so beautiful together. I’ll be loving these babies for a loooong time.


What fun projects do you have in mind for all of these cool FolkArt Painted Finishes? Maybe a cool rusty, mossy birdhouse? Or maybe some pots of your own? We’d love to hear your ideas! And be sure to follow Plaid on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and via Email as they celebrate 40 years of crafting with more super cool new product launches!

ox. Liz

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