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Decorative Concrete Containers

Make inexpensive planters, birdbaths, and more with a clever method from "Concrete Garden Projects," shared by TV gardener Andrea Mason.

Photography: Rob Tannenbaum

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011


  • Dust mask

  • Protective eyewear

  • Work gloves

  • Premixed dry concrete

  • Kitchen bowls, baking pans, letter molds, or other decorative objects

  • Cooking spray

  • File (optional)


  1. Add water to dry concrete mix according to package instructions. Use a dust mask, protective eyewear, and gloves when mixing. (Tip: Concrete should not run when you squeeze it in your hand; it should hold together, not crumble.)

  2. Select desired molds; on "The Martha Stewart Show," Martha uses large and small bowls to create a bowl mold. Use cooking spray to lubricate any surfaces of the mold that will touch the concrete mixture.

  3. Pour concrete into mold. If you are using the bowl mold method, fill the larger bowl just below the top to prevent overflow when the smaller bowl is added later to create mold. Shake mold to remove air bubbles and to level the concrete's surface.

  4. To make a bowl mold, push smaller bowl into the concrete, being careful not to press too hard. Weight down the smaller bowl to keep it in place.

  5. Leave concrete in mold to set for two to three days, allowing more time for larger projects. Carefully remove the mold, and file off any rough edges, if needed.

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