How to Make a Cement Planter – From LED Packaging!

After teaching ourselves how to make a cement planter, it was only a matter of time before we came up with another ‘bright idea’! You might say it was a lightbulb moment :).

We hate to see anything go into landfill! So a few years ago when we changed all our lightbulbs from incandescent to LED, we kept the packaging. That’s because it doesn’t get recycled in our community and I knew I’d find a creative way to use it.

International Bloggers Club

It’s time for this month’s International Bloggers Club (IBC). Our theme this month is Cast in Concrete. We took a break these past few months (the last challenge we did was the Christmas Challenge in November). But today we’re going to show you how to make a cement planter using the plastic packaging from our LED lightbulbs.

The IBC is a group of bloggers from all over the world who challenge each other to make something using a common theme. You’ll find all our friends’ Cast in Concrete tutorials at the bottom of the post. So don’t forget to check them out before you go. And if you don’t have time to browse today, pop back in later in the week to pick up where you left off.

How to Make a Cement Planter – Materials:

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Cement Planter Video

Watch this 4 minute video or proceed to the written tutorial below.

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How to Make a Cement Planter

I used to find cement projects intimidating until we took the plunge and created our first cement planter DIY in the shape of a baseball!  But since I’ve only just begun to experiment, I still have to master what quantity will fill up a given container. This light bulb planter wasn’t my original idea for this project (we’ll show you that one another time). However, I love what it became!

If necessary, use scissor to trim the edges of the plastic so the binder clips can snug right up against the edge to close them tight.

Cut two notches as shown at the top of the plastic light bulb packaging. They should be the diameter of the cap.

Center the cap between the notches.

Use the marker to trace a circle around the cap. Cut out using scissors or utility knife.

Oil Cement Planter Mold

Rub a very small amount of vaseline around the inside of the mold. Do use too much or else it can show in the final product.

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These binder clips are what is going to hold the mold together. We use binder clips a lot, like for this slipcover lampshade tutorial.

Afer greasing the inside of the mold, place binder clips all around the perimeter. You can also add an elastic band if you wish.

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Fill the Mold with Cement

The mold is now ready to fill through the hole in the top (with help from a cut-off water bottle as you’ll see in the video).

Ensure your container is large enough to hold the light bulb mold upright.

Prepare Wet and Dry Ingredients

Measure out and mix together the water and Rapid Set Cement All. Stir for one minute to combine.

Pour Cement

Using the top half of the water bottle as a funnel, pour the cement mixture into the plastic mold. Insert the cap into the hole in the top.

Tap to release bubbles then let it dry in the container.

Unmold

After an hour, remove the binder clips and open out the two halves of the lightbulb packaging.

The cement should slip right out of its mold. Because I only have 3/4 of a cement lightbulb, the next step is going to embellish that in a fun way!

How to Make a Cement Planter – Embellish

Now fashion two wire coils by winding them around a circular object. The first one should be the circumference of the upper part. Wind it eight times and then twist the end around to fasten it together. Fan it out as shown below and pop it onto the top of the light bulb to form a wire cage for the air plant.

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The second wire coil should be the circumference of the bottom of the light bulb. Wrap it around 7 times.

But this time, bend back one end as shown and add the plumbing chain onto the end. Twist wire to fasten.

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Since it’s wound tightly, it should fit snug around the bottom of the cement lightbulb. Then insert the air plant on top. I love how the wire cage cradles the air plant!

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Because of the wire cage, any style air plant will work and help hold it in place!

Add a cement lightbulb anywhere there’s enough light. Here I’ve got it with some of our Fall decor.

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Pin How to Make a Cement Planter for Later

Pinning is always welcome and appreciated. And right below this you’ll find the IBC projects!

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International Blogger Club Projects

Don’t forget to visit these awesome ‘Cast in Concrete‘ projects from our friends below:

  1. What Meegan Makes
  2. A Crafty Mix
  3. Raggedy Bits
  4. Birdz of a Feather – that’s us!
  5. Unique Creations by Anita
  6. Interior Frugalista

42 thoughts on “How to Make a Cement Planter – From LED Packaging!

  1. Ahhhhh Sara, you really are so creative. What a clever idea and I’m so impressed with how the light bulb styled air planter turned out. A few of those hanging from the trees in our garden would make such a lovely statement and we have so many air plants to play with too.

    • Thanks Michelle! I’m so enamoured with your air plant collection; it’s so hard for me to keep the exotic ones alive indoors so I’ll just have to live vicariously through you!

  2. When I saw the photo of your cement planter I called my hubby over to check it out. Such a clever idea and we both absolutely love it! I’ll never look at plastic light bulb packaging the same again.

    • I’ve seen people using real lightbulbs to make coat hook and then smashing the glass. This is SO much easier and reuses packaging that would otherwise go to landfill.

  3. This is so well done Sara it looks amazing. I bought a plastic light bulb from the dollar shop to do the same thing, we could have been twins. lol I love how to added the wire and the chain, it changes the look altogether.

  4. Sara,
    You really showed your creativity and inspiration with this project. This would look darling on my apartment cottage back porch.
    The idea of using Vaseline and the paper clips was genius!

  5. Wow! What an great project! If I sat here with that packaging in front of me and concentrated all day long, I would never have come up with this amazing idea! Fantastic!

    • Thank you Denise! I really hate to see anything go to waste – especially plastic like this that doesn’t get recycled!

  6. I have never worked with cement before but your project is inspiring – and yes so very clever. I definitely love a project that reuses so many things we just throw away. Thanks for visiting with us this week and sharing your project. #HomeMattersParty

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