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How To Easily Make Your Own Minimalist Concrete Decor

Use these minimalist magnetic pots to grow succulents, store loose jewelry, or hold a candle.

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Through your many years of organizing, DIY decorating, and excessive crafting, you’ve achieved a level of perfection barely even seen in magazines.

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But you shoot for the moon every time. Step your game up a bit higher with these ~minimalist~ magnetic concrete cubes.

You’ll need a few things. Crafting star that you are, you might already have most of them. But just in case:

  • 1.5 inch / 2.5 centimeter wooden cube
  • Hand drill
  • Mini table vise, $7.95
  • Coconut oil
  • Large ice cube silicone tray, $12
    *
    # Strong earth magnets, $4.99
  • Hot glue
  • Disposable gloves
  • Plastic bucket
  • Concrete, $3.99
  • Liquid gold leaf, $8.66
  • Screw Hook, $6.99
  • Sand paper

1. Carefully secure the wooden cube into your mini table vise ($7.95), and drill a hole in the center.

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You want to use a 1/8 inch drill bit for the hole.

2. Coat the wooden cube in coconut oil to naturally stain and protect the wood.

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Further proof that coconut oil is the nectar of the gods.

3. Use your hot glue gun to attach magnets ($4.99) to each mold in the silicone tray ($12 ).

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Strategically place them so the magnets aren’t pulling at each other.

4. Combine enough water and concrete mix to fill each silicone cup to the halfway mark.

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Follow the instructions on the concrete you buy to determine the water to concrete ratio.

Use gloves to avoid turning into Doom.

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5. Fill the silicone cups halfway and tap the mold on the counter to level out the concrete and release any air bubbles.

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6. Optional: Flick some liquid gold leaf onto the wet concrete.

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Tap the mold against the counter again to release air bubbles.

7. Push the wooden blocks into the center of each mold with the drilled hole facing up.

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8. After letting them sit for an hour, pull the blocks out by screwing hooks into the holes.

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The concrete should still be wet, but dry enough to hold it’s shape.

9. Allow the concrete to cure for 24 more hours and then remove the cube from the mold.

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10. Use sandpaper to smooth out the edges.

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11. Hang them on your fridge, filing cabinet, or stick them together. Fill them with succulents or candles, or use them to hold stray jewelry.

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Flawless.

Watch the full tutorial here.

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