I’m obsessed with using cement in crafts, and these DIY concrete projects are the perfect way to fulfill my need! I love how modern these ideas are.
My husband doesn’t read blogs, nor does he use social media, or Pinterest. So I had to laugh when he first told me he wanted to try a concrete DIY project as if he had invented that idea. But hey, for him, it was new!
The day he brought it up, he mentioned doing some projects using plaster of paris when he was young. And he wanted to do something along those same lines (but a little updated).
I showed him a bunch of concrete crafts to inspire him, and we decided to pick a few concrete DIYs to try (you can see one of those – the bottle candle holders – below).
Since that time, a lot has changed. Steve loves crafting anything with cement, and I feel that it’s his go-to supply for making outdoor decor . . . even when it doesn’t really make sense :0
But hey, he loves it!
Tips for Working with Cement
I don’t know about you, but I was a little intimidated by working with concrete when I started. I mean, concrete is used for driveways and sidewalks. I’ve seen how they lay driveways and sidewalks, and they are smooth. I just didn’t trust myself to get any sort of decent results.
Despite my fears, I still jumped in. I started doing crafts with cement and now I’m a fan just like Steve. I’d love to share my tips with you – five things I’ve learned since I started my journey. I hope these help you too:
Use Quikrete 5000! It’s perfect for most projects you could imagine doing. It seems to dry stronger and cure faster than other mixes. The color is also lovely.
Don’t rinse any concrete down your home drains. Let it dry and crack it off or throw away (use plastic containers).
Wear a dust mask. You really don’t want to get that stuff in your lungs.
Let your container cure on a level surface. Even if it looks level, check it to be sure. Your concrete will not dry straight if the surface isn’t level.
Finish with multi-surface paint or clear sealer – especially if it’s going outside.
Now that you’re armed with my tips, are you ready to jump into these concrete home decor ideas? Check them out below!
DIY Concrete Projects
Concrete is great for both outdoor and indoor home decor projects. This list of over 25 concrete DIY ideas has projects that range from big (like a fireplace) to small (like a votive holder). You are sure to be inspired by these ideas!
Can you believe these were made using pantyhose? So creative! You won’t believe how quick and easy these DIY concrete pumpkins are to make; they’re the perfect fall home decor, and each one turns out unique and different.
You might want to head to the thrift store for this project! Use broken pieces of leftover dishes along with cement to make stepping stones. If you like concrete projects this is a perfect beginner idea.
Please advise where one can get the DIY concrete cement in South Africa or in Johannesburg?
Saturday 13th of May 2023
I wish I could tell you! Do you have home improvement stores there? What is the most similar to the Home Depot?
Thursday 18th of June 2015
I like these ideas, especially the painted concrete planter. It would be really easy to mold it, and after it's set and dried there's a lot of creativity you can use to to paint or decorate it however you want. I've got some mix left over from a project so I'll be trying this tonight. Thanks!