Concrete Block Cacti Planter –
This outdoor project has been on my to-do list for quite some time. I put off making one because concrete planters have been done before and I try to keep things fresh here. But when I saw the shape and form of these blocks at Lowes, I knew I was going to cave.
And now I kick myself for hesitating so long because this planter is admittedly awesome.
My own urban jungle.
Do you love it? If you do as much as I, you’ll love even more that it’s crazy easy to make.
And if you’re up for even more awesomesauce on your plate, you can enjoy the fact that it’s also uber cheap – costing me around $8 (excluding plants).
Bam! Easy + cheap are always a good combo in the DIY world. Like peanut butter + jelly.
So, if that wasn’t too much awesome for you and you’d like to make one of your own, let me show you just how fun instant gratification truly is as we make this quick + easy planter.
Potting mix for succulents and cacti (or use my easy formula here)
Assorted Cacti + succulents
Aren’t these blocks just the coolest? I love their shape. As soon as I saw them I knew they were the ones.
Start your project by dampening the top of the 12x6x8 block with water.
To the bottom of the header block, apply a small band of glue. *Remember to apply the glue sparingly. Gorilla glue will expand 3-4 times its original size.
Stack the two blocks together and allow them to dry for at least two hours. Watching glue dry is a lot like watching paint dry. So, if you’re making your own potting soil and like to multi-task, now’s a great time to do that.
Once the glue has dried and the planter is ready to be handled, move it to its new location and plant your cacti in the top block.
While I was at Lowes, I also picked up a few new plants to add to my already growing succulent collection. I included “string of pearls” along with grafted cacti for some crazy good color.
The bottom cinder block makes a fun place to add varying plants (or maybe candles) that can be easily switched up.
This look truly channels the urban dweller in me – the one that owns an in-town loft somewhere in a hip village in the deepest part of the city where my crazy cool cacti planter resides on the sill of my ceiling-to-floor window overlooking downtown.
But since I don’t own a loft in downtown, this crazy cool planter just resides on the back deck of my country home.
It’s kinda the same. Or not.
As a side note, I also live vicariously in other homes such as my fantasy lake cabin and beach house. So, there’s that.
Making this concrete cacti planter was pretty much instant gratification so far as diy projects go. And if you weren’t hooked on instant gratification before, be prepared, because this project will have you hooked once you’re done.
Easy was never as easy as this, and awesome was never so awesome.