HD Gift Challenge – Cement


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Okay, back to business…. time for another HD Gift Challenge – Cement Edition (did you catch the last one?)… mine was to be gifted to the Dad of the house (just in time for Father’s Day), aka, my better half. Let’s just say, its a good thing he knows I love him.

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That’s not to say there isn’t a lesson to be had here. Let me show you what I learned about my first time, working with cement. And, why it won’t be my last. Plus, the “gold star” idea I came up with, that I will definitely be incorporated into my next attempt!

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

^ Supplies. Yep. Destined for greatness. The plan was a perfect little flower planter. Large bucket holds the cement. Small weighted bucket, creates the void for the planter. Easy right?

Ok. This went really well, with one critical error.

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

I let the top of my cement level touch the grooved part of the inner bucket.

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

Oops. Big oops. Because when cement sets… well, it’s cement. This meant I had to chisel the top of my perfectly formed planter, to get the inner bucket out. This weakened my project, leading to cracks spidering down the sides. Not ideal and it looked terrible. Then, as I attempted to even out the top a little more… the entire planter failed. Crap.

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

I had about a third of a bag of cement left for attempt #2. (Yep, I gave it another try). This time with a small bucket, and a paint can. (trying to stretch what I had left of my cement).

But before we get to that, here is my “gold star” idea — save this one for later! I used a chunk of old styrofoam insulation, and cut out our house number. This, was then attached (with hot glue) to the inside of the outer bucket to create a debossed, finished product. Perfect for the end of our driveway… and would of kicked the butt of our current “number on a stick” feature.

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

I couldn’t wait to get a look at how this worked out. Here’s what happened…

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

First, I repeated all the steps, up to curing my cement mould. Yay! This was totally working! It even ended up looking BETTER than, attempt #1. I’ve got this!

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

The number looked perfect! All I had to do is use a screwdriver, and chisel the styrofoam out of there… And, it came out perfectly, until…

What I learned making a concrete flower planter for the first time, and what to avoid. Plus a genius way to incorporate your house number for some added curb appeal!

The entire planter I was making (on this much smaller scale), couldn’t take the size of the styrofoam, and when I removed it all, the support along the top… (you guessed it), totally failed. Urgh. Fail #2. But, a failure with lessons learned.

To recap… if I had built, (and I will) another planter, in the scale of attempt #1, but with the skill of attempt #2… this would be sitting at the end of my driveway, holding some beautiful floral arrangement… and I would of already dug up the stakes of our current stick-in-the-mud-ground, address number.

I promise I’ll share attempt #3. But, until then, check out all of these success stories! Aren’t these ladies amazing? I’ll try to do them all pround, next time.

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