Did you know you can make a concrete stool or plant stand for only $5? I didn’t either until one day awhile back I browsing Pinterest and came across this video. I was in love! I had NO idea you could make a fun little stool with just a bag of concrete, a bucket, and a dowel. Oh Pinterest, how you never cease to amaze me.
So for May’s Pinterest Challenge, I just knew I had to make my own! We didn’t really need any stools though, but I did need something to go on my front porch to hold a potted plant. If you want to make your own, it seriously IS as easy as the video shows.
- 1 bag concrete mix (I got ours at Home Depot for just over $2)
- 1 dowel (ours was 7/8″, also at Home Depot for just over $3)
- Measuring tape & pencil
- 1 bucket (I wanted a smaller plant stand, so we used a 2 gallon bucket)
- Painters tape (not pictured)
- Paint in your choice of color (not pictured)
- Paint brush (not pictured)
- Optional: Sandpaper
Add a little bit of water and use a dowel to stir. I know “add a little bit of water” is vague, but we really didn’t measure anything out. We just kept adding little bits of water until we thought the consistency was just right; not too liquid-y, but liquid enough that the dowel legs sunk in easily.
Now rinse off your dowel and carefully push all 3 dowels in the concrete. We were worried our dowels wouldn’t end up being level and our plant stand would be awkwardly leaning to one side, but it wasn’t at all! Don’t worry too much about how level they are, just make sure they are equal distances apart (think thirds!).
Once your dowels are set, make sure it dries for at least 20 hours on a leveled surface.
When dry, bend the bucket outwards a few times to loosen the concrete. We made the mistake of using the legs to twist the concrete back and forth in the bucket, and unfortunately a few little concrete pieces fell off. However, I was able to just glue them back on later! Carefully lift the stool out of the bucket. If your edges are rough, you can smooth them out with some sandpaper, but I liked the look of mine the way it was.
Painting the legs is totally optional, but I wanted to add a cheery color to the bottoms. I measured and taped 4 inches up the legs and painted with an aqua acrylic paint. I might need to seal it later, since it’ll most likely get a little wet out on my porch.
If you’re wanting to make a stool you can sit on, I’d recommend using a 5 gallon bucket and thicker dowels to hold a person’s weight. I just wanted a mini plant stand, so my 2 gallon bucket and thinner dowel worked just fine.
I can’t get over how cute it looks next to my front door, AND next to my adorable little DIY hello/goodbye doormat! Ahh!
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Hope you have a lovely weekend, friends!
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