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The ratio of cement to water is 4:1. For one planter I used 2 cups of cement to 1 cup of water. Carefully pour out the cement into a cup (I used a large Costa coffee cup) and pour into a large container. I used a 6 pint milk bottle that I cut the top off. Mix with the water. Give it a good stir until it resembles peanut butter. Use your eye for this, you may need to add a bit more cement or water at this stage to get the correct consistency.
Pour into your chosen container
I chose a large 2 litre juice bottle that I cut down to about half the size and a big Ben & Jerry's ice-cream tub. Make sure they're clean of all juice and ice-cream and completely dry before starting. Pour the cement mixture in until it's about 3/4 full or just under so that when you push in your cup to make the hole, it doesn't ooze over the top!
Make a centre hole
Push in a cup that is slightly smaller than your concrete pot. Gently ease it into the cement mix, being careful to keep it as central and as upright as possible. Push it right down until it is about 2 cms from the bottom to ensure there is a layer of cement all the way around the pot. Place something heavy in it to stop it from floating up (something like a nail varnish or a few coins is perfect).
Leave to dry overnight.
Peel off the cardboard.
The next day you'll be able to see that the concrete has dried out as it will be lighter in colour. Carefully peel off the cardboard and take out the centre cups. This needs a bit of wiggling to remove from the middle. The pots will probably be a bit rough round the edges, these little bits are easy to snap off then all you need is a bit of sandpaper to smooth off any sharp edges. Et voila, your pots are done!
Paint the pots!
You can be as creative as you like here. Paint stripes, spots, paint the whole pot in neon yellow! Or paint white, wait to dry and then unleash your little 'uns on them! It's totally up to you.
I kept it simple and opted for geometric! For this you'll need paper, masking tape, parcel tape and spray paint. I decided to paint the bottom of the pots and leave the top raw. Brush off any excess cement dust. Carefully stick some masking tape at an angle along your pots, mirror the angle and stick another piece of masking tape from the edge of the next side. When you are happy with your design, cover the rest of the pots with paper and stick down with parcel tape. Ensure there are no gaps in which the paint can seep through. In a well ventilated area, place your pots upside down onto some newspaper. Spray with your chosen colour about 20cms away in short bursts. I used Valspar black enamel matt paint, £3.42 B&Q and Plastikote Fast Dry Enamel in Gold Leaf, £3.99 Hobbycraft. When both pots are completely covered, leave to dry.
Peel off masking tape:
When your pots are dry, very carefully peel off the paper and masking tape. There may be some bleed, but this all adds to the rustic effect! Fill with soil and place your favourite plant in there. I used the gold pot to store pencils, but you could use it for anything. They make excellent presents.