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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- Packaging from LED light bulbs (the plastic part)
- 6 ounces Rapid Set Cement All
- Air plant
- Mini binder clips
- Water bottle cut in half
- Utility knife
- 12-guage aluminum wire
- Vaseline or oil
- Container large enough to hold the lightbulb upright (for pouring)
- 1.5 ounces water
- Clear cap (from hair product can or any similar round object)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Crochet for a Cure
If you haven’t heard, we’ve just launched a pattern shop, where we’re donating 100% of our proceeds to Alzheimer’s. You’ll find patterns, like our signature Kayla Pillow, Air Planter Pods and Tooth Fairy Pillow (shown below), available to purchase as a donation to our Alzheimer’s fundraiser.
Come visit us to purchase a pattern; with 100% going to charity, it’s a win-win!
International Blogger Club Projects
Don’t forget to visit these awesome ‘Cast in Concrete‘ projects from our friends below:
- What Meegan Makes
- A Crafty Mix
- Raggedy Bits
- Birdz of a Feather – that’s us!
- Unique Creations by Anita
- Interior Frugalista