1. Cement Magnets Tutorial
Aileen from At Home in Love made us these nifty little concrete magnets. Here’s how.
Materials: a silicone ice cube tray, magnets, concrete mix, a bucket or container to mix the concrete in, a stick for stirring, and a cup to scoop the concrete with.
1. Mix the concrete according to the directions on the package. Start by putting a couple inches of water in the bottom of my bucket, then pour in the concrete mix until it reached the consistency of pancake batter (or a little thicker).
2. Scoop the concrete out and fill each compartment of the silicone mold about half full (or however thick you want your finished magnets to be). If they’re not quite even, you can adjust the levels with a spoon.
3. Pick up the mold and set it down again a couple times to make sure the concrete has reached every corner.
4. When the concrete has just started to set but is still pliable, push in the magnets, leaving just the very top of them poking out.
5. Wait for the concrete to fully set, following the directions on the package. Or if you’re impatient, wait at least 8 hours.
6. Pop the hardened magnets out of the silicone mold. They should come out really easily.
7. You can sand the bottom edges to smooth them out a little if you’d like.
And that’s it! Stick them on your fridge and admire your handiwork.
2. Painted Brooches
Use little salt and pepper shakers as molds to create small round brooches. Decorate with paint or lace for an industrial accessory. Full tutorial here.
3. Sturdy Industrial Vases
Create understated and elegant vases by using plastic bottle as molds. This post has all the details.
4. A Dependable Stool
This tutorial (including some videos) shows you how to make a concrete stool top with wooden legs. For the more ambitious crafter.
5. Egg Bunkers
Pour concrete into a small cardboard mold and let it dry around an egg to create little holders. Paint them neon if you like! Here are the details.
Reinforce old jewelry boxes before pouring in concrete. Use little wooden blocks to make indentations, and paint them once dry. All the details are here.
Use a heart-shaped silicone ice cube tray to make little Valentine’s hearts for that somebody you heart. There’s a video tutorial here.
8. Cement Bowl
You’ll need a bucket and bowl for molding- and outdoor space to work in. This makes for a lovely decorative table topper, indoors or out. Created by this blogger.
9. Lace-Imprinted Candle Votives
This tutorial shows you how to press concrete between two containers to create a candle holder with a lacy imprint.
10. Concrete Monogram Letters
Make a letter mold out of cardboard- just be sure to wrap with lots of tape to avoid leaking. You could also make little shapes. This post shows you how.
11. A Simple Bedside Lamp
You can make a sturdy lamp base like this blogger. Bonus if you also make a contrastingly soft knit lampshade.
12. Pendant Lampshade
Or make a matching concrete lampshade by following this video tutorial.
13. Decorative Easter Eggs
A lot sturdier (and less perishable) than your typical Easter egg. Use real shells as molds to create concrete eggs; decorate with metallic or pastel paints, like this blogger did.
14. Statuesque iPad Stand
Use a popcorn container to create a slanty iPad stand with these directions.
15. DIY Concete Clock
You’ll need these detailed diagrams to do it, but you can make a super sturdy concrete clock with some handmade molds and basic clock mechanisms.
16. Lace-Wrapped Concrete Bookends
A milk carton is just the right bookend size. Spray paint through lace to add some pattern, like this blogger did.
17. House Number Paver
Let concrete dry around foam numbers in a tub round or other circular mold to create a personalized paver, as done here.
18. Lightbulb Shaped Wall Hook
This post shows you how to fill an old lightbulb with cement, then remove the outer shell when dry. You can use it as a hanger for coats or hats… or find some other use for it.
19. Ring Bowl
Pour some concrete into the bottom of a bowl- don’t worry about smoothing it out if you want the slightly uneven texture of the one shown. When dry, spray paint a bright metallic gold. Check out these tips.
20. Gilded Geometric Paper Weights
Yet another good project for a silicon ice cube tray. Paint them with metallics or black crosses, as done here.
21. Concrete Fire Bowls
Decorate a concrete bowl with small stones while it’s still damp, insert a fire gel pack in the middle, and enjoy the ambiance of a live fire. These directions explain it all.
The most beloved concrete DIY is undoubtedly the planter- so many possibilities.
4. Cinder Block Planters (no mixing required!)