I love concrete in the garden. It’s such an organic looking material that blends well with nature, yet it holds up over time, and only improves it’s looks with age. It’s inexpensive, and can be bought in ready to use forms, or created by mixing with water and other organic elements. Grow a little moss on it, and you will have me swooning… So given a choice, if I can’t have a natural element such as stone or wood…give me concrete! Here are our favorite DIY concrete garden projects gathered from around the web, and even some sources for concrete molds to help you with your DIY project!
Easy DIY Concrete Garden Projects
No matter what type of project you are looking for, you cause concrete to make planters, bird baths, fire pits and even furniture. But also use it to create hardscaping such as concrete edging, steps and pavers. We’ve got a little bit of it all here for you, so pick out a DIY concrete idea, and start mixing! Remember a couple of safety tips when working with concrete…
- Always wear a dust mask and goggles to protect yourself.
- Wear water proof gloves.
- We are a long sleeved shirt and long pants.
DIY Concrete Planters
Elisha from ‘Pnuematic Addict’ via ‘Remodelaholic‘ has a great tutorial for this DIY concrete garden planter. It’s tall enough to make a statement on your front porch, and pretty enough to show off. She even shows you how to make your own DIY concrete molds! If making your own molds looks time consuming, remember that you can reuse them.
Make these large scale modern DIY concrete planters with this tutorial from Bruno at ‘Curbly‘. He takes you right through how to get these showstoppers made yourself. He even tells you his secret for what to use as a mold.
Ok, we love, love, LOVE these DIY concrete planters from ‘Garden Therapy‘. These are such an easy DIY concrete project, and fast! You could use them indoors or out.
Kelly B (via Curbly) created these outdoor concrete planters from concrete pavers and landscape adhesive. These are so simple, they’re brilliant! Can’t wait to try this out! Remember to check out the directions on the adhesive you use. Make sure its warm enough outside for it to harden and cure.
These modern grassy planters are awesome. These DIY concrete garden projects are another (easier) version of a cinder block planter. Literally, you can do this in about 10 minutes. From ‘Design Sponge‘.
Concrete Bird Bath
So we love birds…and during the summer, especially with warmer then normal temps the last couple years, birds could use a little help. You can make this DIY concrete bird bath with the tutorial form ‘Sprouts and Stuff‘ for less than $6! Such a pretty garden project! And so much fun to watch the birds enjoying it year after year, right?
DIY Concrete Table Top
‘Rogue Engineer‘ has free and easy plans for your to make this DIY concrete table top for less than $30! One of the things we love about these DIY concrete garden projects, is that no one else will have one exactly like you! Lots of step by step photos will take you right through this project in a weekend.
‘Ana White‘ has free plans for a paver concrete coffee table at her site, with complete step by steps. This would be a great table for families with small children. No glass top like many of the discount store patio tables have. You could use these as side tables as well.
Bench with Cement Legs
This modern concrete and redwood bench seems like it might be complicated, but thanks to some great step by step instructions, it’s not! From ‘Remodelaholic‘, this DIY concrete garden project looks high end, and can be used anyplace in the garden. You could also use cedar if it is more readily available in your area.
DIY Concrete Pavers
Lori from ‘The Stony Brook House‘ made her own DIY concrete pavers. We love this, because hardscape for the garden can be really expensive. She used Quikrete and some plastic containers as molds and was able to create her own for a lot less! You could make these in different shapes and sizes, depending on your molds.
DIY Concrete Edging
Give your garden structure with this DIY concrete edging project. This is a great way to use cement in the garden to keep the lawn and flower beds exactly where they are supposed to be. It also gives you a great mowing strip. This tutorial has all the instructions you need to make this concrete garden edging, from creating the forms, to pouring and shaping the concrete. So get out your shovels, gloves and bucket! (Don’t forget the dust mask whenever working with concrete!) This idea will be worth it. From ‘Woodshop Diaries‘.
Concrete Garden Globes
And of course, we have our very own DIY concrete garden globes from last season… Anyone tried this yet? This was one of the most fun projects we have done. And is was an easy way to make concrete art!
Advanced DIY Concrete Garden Projects
Feeling confident now? Good! Because these next concrete garden projects are a little more advanced, but so worth it!
Steps for the Garden
This project will take a weekend, but you can transform the design of an entire yard by directing it with steps and paths. DIY concrete steps will have durability and strength, so they will last for years. Also, they look great in any style yard. Check out this step by step tutorial from ‘BHG‘ on how to pour concrete steps!
Concrete Bench Tutorial
Learn how to build a DIY concrete bench with this tutorial from ‘Ideas 2 Live 4‘. A bench like this could easily cost over $1000, so tackling this project could be well worth it! The tutorial is very complete, and has lots of photos of both the concrete mold, and the construction.
DIY Concrete Walkway
This DIY concrete walkway isn’t so much difficult, it’s just that they used a very specific machine to cut the concrete molds. You could use this same tutorial to make the molds using other power tools and still end up with these amazing paver stones! Also from ‘Homemade Modern‘, this is one of the most unique concrete garden projects we have seen. Love the look!
DIY Concrete Fire Pits
This DIY concrete fire pit from ‘Homemade Modern‘ looks like quite a job. And it is. But considering buying a fire pit like this would cost thousands, intermediate – experienced DIY’ers should take on this challenge! They do a really great job of taking your through this in a lot of detail. And when it’s done? Oh, my!
And finally, ‘Man Made DIY‘ teaches us how to make this amazing DIY concrete fire pit! Love the clean look that would work in any space. This is one of those concrete garden projects that should be the focal point of the yard.
Concrete Molds for DIY Projects
If you are looking to buy some concrete molds to make art, planters, stepping stones, or other concrete projects, we found a few great choices for you here!
The Quikrete Walkmaker allows you to create a stone look walkway with concrete at a fraction it would cost you to lay real rock. Remember, your can stain the concrete as well, either before or after.
Use these silicon concrete molds to make both square and round small flower pots. You can re-use these over and over, so they are a great investment.
Make a more traditional brick lay concrete walkway with this rectangular walkway mold. Made of premium plastic, it’s easy to clean and reusable.
Those trendy octagonal planter pots that are perfect for succulents, air plants, cacti and small houseplants? You know, the ones that can cost upwards of $20 a piece? Make them over and over again with this silicone 3 pack mini octagonal mold!
If you want a more detailed concrete walkway, try this mold from Goeteff! Reusable over and over, and will give your garden a custom look.
Make some DIY concrete garden projects and let us know how they turn out, and please share your ideas in the comments! We think you will also love our posts on How to Make Hypertufa and DIY Tabletop Fire Bowls!