Dripped Concrete Planter DIY

Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com           If you know what fiddle leaf fig trees are, you're probably already in love with them. I heard someone say that they are the kittens and puppies of trees, in that it's their exaggerated proportions that make them so cute (like giant eyes or ears on baby animals). Several of us have been drooling over the photos of these little guys for years, but it's pretty tough to find these plants in our midwestern town—until now. I saw that a nursery nearby started stocking them this year, and I immediately snatched one up for my own home and one for the studio as well. A special plant deserves a special planter though, don't you think? I was so impressed with how well our DIY concrete countertops came out that I thought it would be a great material to try on a planter project as well.
Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com
-porcelain planter

Ardex Feather Finish (most quick dry cements would probably work too, but this is the kind I used)
-putty knife
-fine sandpaper
concrete sealer

Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com Step One: Mix your concrete according to the instructions, but add a little more water so that it's thinner than usual. You'll want the mixture to be on the liquid side without being too thin and runny. The consistency of pancake batter is what you're looking for, so just keep adding more water or more mix to achieve the right amount.

Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com      Step Two: Once your concrete is the right consistency, turn your planter upside down on a sheet of cardboard and place a few pieces of wood underneath so it sits off the ground (you'll notice the wood pieces aren't pictured until a later step because I forgot to do it first—whoops!). Pour your concrete on the bottom of the planter until it fills the circle and is just about to run over the sides. Use your putty knife (or even your mixing stick) to push some of the concrete over the sides and allow it to run down to the bottom. Do smaller amounts at first so you can gauge how much and how fast it runs down, and do more as needed. Repeat process on each side and smooth out the leftover concrete that remains on the planter bottom so it will still sit flat when it dries. 

Once the concrete sets a bit, use your small putty knife to fill in any holes or gaps in the drips and smooth the area with your knife the best you can (you can sand off any imperfections when dry).

Step Three: Once the concrete is fully dry, use a fine-grade sandpaper to smooth out any bumps or ridges that you want to get rid of, and wipe the excess dust off the planter with a dry cloth. 

Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com     Step Four: Apply the concrete sealer with a brush all over the outside and bottom surface of the planter and allow the sealer to dry. Once the sealer is dry, repeat with a second coat of sealer. When your second coat is dry, add your plant to your new planter!

Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com        Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com          Dripped Concrete Planter DIY abeautifulmess.com       I love the visual texture that the the drip pattern creates coupled with the variation in surface smoothness between the porcelain and the concrete. All in all, this technique creates a one of a kind planter that will give the special plant in your life a fabulous new home. Happy dripping! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from The Signature Collection.

  • I’ve been searching the web to find concrete “top coat” ideas for plastic planters I have outside on my patio… there is a lack of ideas – which either means it’s a terrible idea, or people aren’t as crazy as I am 😉
    Very glad to see this, I’m going to mix up some watery concrete and paint it over some cheap, oversized resin pots I have to give them facelift… wanted to try something other than painting “faux concrete”…. will let you know how it turns out!

  • Fantastic, unique work. I absolutely love the upside-down drips!

    The whole unintentional-looking thing is the best.

  • Fantastic, unique work. I absolutely love the upside-down drips!

    The whole unintentional-looking thing is the best.

  • LOVE this! Great DIY that looks really fancy and expensive!


  • LOVE this! Great DIY that looks really fancy and expensive!


  • Tell me how to keep one alive. I have had mine for about ten months as the thing has one leaf left. I’ve tried more light, different soil, more water, less water…. No idea.

  • What a great idea! I’ll have to give this a try!


  • Love this! It looks really cool and seems very doable.


  • Me too, I love all there great work:-)

    Dont know if you have easter greatings, but we have in little Denmark and got this:


    Enjoy and greating from Denmark

  • What a cute idea! I love this! I would never have thought to do it. I can’t wait to DYI the sh*t out of this when I get home from overseas!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Anisa – The Macadames. xx

  • I am really happy that you shared this tutorial! I’ll try it myself cause it’s really cute and it would make a great gift! You’re a great source of inspiration!

  • Love your jeans and that grey tee. Perfect clothes for a perfect crafty project!

  • Interesting idea! I’ve never grown one of these plants, but shouldn’t there be a drainage hole in the planter (from the photos it looks like the plant’s been planted directly into the pot) to protect the roots from overwatering? Or at least
    keep the plant in its original pot and set that in the decorative planter.

  • Love the texture it adds, and it looks so different when you turn it right-side-up! Very cool.

  • So cool! Love how this one turned out!


  • SO earth like! Love!


  • Yiiikes. I try to be open-minded about DIY-ing and decorating on the cheap but this looks super sloppy.

  • I think it looks cute! My only concern is water drainage!?! What happens if you over water…I’m just worried about root rot. Those trees are FIN.UH.KEY. (I know that’s not how you spell that word but I’m going for drama here) Mine got mealybugs and I cried when I had to put it out with the trash hahaha…. I’m still in mourning but maybe you’ve inspired me to go buy another one. If I can find it.. CO doesn’t stock many either. Hmm..

  • Seriously in love with how cool this turned out! I can’t wait to try it out!


  • I agree that it looks like something Anthro would sell for $80. Also, that couch is gorgeous. I feel like it is less common to see tufted leather. Where is it from?

  • The pot does not have a drainage hole. This plant will suffocate 🙁

  • This is so cute and simple! My friends and I are renting our first house this year, and we’re obsessed with your projects and lovely style! You are a constant source of inspiration, thanks to you I can’t wait to start making our little place a home! x

  • This is so beautiful! I love it! It looks like something from Anthropologie and also wildy expensive, and yet you made it affordable and DIY! Perfect!


  • This looks really cool and interesting. It also looks like something I could do myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Laura!

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star


  • This looks more like a mess than beautiful. I’m sorry, but this just seems like a really sloppy DIY. Quality over quantity.

  • Such an amazing idea! I would love to make it for spring with purple colour 🙂

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