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Concrete Vases

This sidewalk staple turned decorators' darling is strong and chic, just like someone you'll be celebrating this month.

concrete vases flowers pink

Photography: Sidney Bensimon

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2018

Introduction

To create a bud vase, ring holder, or pretty paperweight for Mom, mix smooth countertop cement with pigment (we're partial to this muted rose), and then MacGyver molds from household items to set your love in stone. For a two-tone effect, fill your mold partway with tinted concrete, then top it off with white. Think of this user-friendly material as Play-Doh for grown-ups—except you're supposed to leave it out overnight to dry.

materials

  • Colorant cement and grout pigment (Pictured: Colorant Cement and Grout Pigment in Rose, $13 for 3 oz. amazon.com)

  • Countertop mix (Pictured: Quikrete Countertop Mix in White, $12 for 80 lb., homedepot.com)

  • Water

  • Large plastic container

  • Cardboard or paper

steps

  1. Following the package directions, combine cement pigment powder, concrete mix, and water in a large plastic container. Add more water, a spoonful at a time, stirring until cement mix dissolves and mixture has the consistency of Greek yogurt.

    concrete vase mix bowl illustration
  2. Pour mixture into mold. For a paperweight, use a round ice mold. For a ring holder, roll heavy paper or contact paper into a cone and tape it shut (set it inside a cup for balance). For a bud vase, cut the top off a large water bottle and fill it partway, then insert an object to create a hollow (we used a cardboard tube sealed with tape), and add more mix. Let dry overnight.

    concrete vase pour illustration
  3. Remove mold. Cardboard or paper will peel off; cut plastic with a utility knife, then pull it away.

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