Introduction

two concrete planters with colorful flowers on the entryway of a house to illustrate How to Make a Concrete Planter for this old house
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Can't find a planter quite the size—or price—you like? We'll show you how to make one just in time for spring. These planters are constructed of crack-resistant concrete-countertop mix. The formulation quickly cures to a smooth finish and can be customized with translucent stains in a variety of colors. Don't be put off by having to work with a new material: Building the plywood forms and casting the concrete isn't all that difficult. The result is a versatile vessel that works for flowers and large plantings alike.

Follow along as This Old House contributor Christopher Beidel, owner of Pernt, a handmade-furniture company in Brooklyn, New York, leads you through the simple step-by-step of making a new springtime accessory for your porch or yard.

Download a cut-list to make a concrete planter here.

Planters: Quikrete Countertop Mix, about $16 for an 80-pound bag. Stain: Quikrete Translucent Concrete Stain, about $27 per gallon
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    Tools List

    • circular saw with dust-collection
      circular saw
    • Rafter Square
      rafter square
    • straight edge
      straightedge
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      pneumatic nailer
    • drill
      drill/driver
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • bar clamps
      clamps
    • mixing tub
      large plastic container
    • flat blade shovel
      shovel
    • mason's trowel
      masonry trowel
    • mason's chisel and maul
      hammer and chisel

    Shopping List

    ¾-inch plywood Get one 4-by-8-foot sheet.

    ¼-inch fiberboard Get one 4-by-4-foot sheet.

    ¾-inch cove molding

    Get two 8-footers.

    1-inch-diameter dowel

    18-gauge 1¼-inch pneumatic nails

    2-inch drywall screws

    1¼-inch drywall screws

    wood glue

    latex caulk

    duct tape

    vegetable oil

    sand

    Quikrete Countertop Mix