Pinterest Challenge: Monogrammed Concrete Planter

Posted by John on May 8th, 2013

It’s Pinterest Challenge Day everybody!  It’s like “show and tell” for bloggers… times ten.  Since the weather has been getting warmer, the yard has been on our minds more often lately.  What better way to kick off our outdoor season than with garden style Pinterest Challenge project.  We attempted a somewhat ambitious project and decided to make a monogrammed concrete planter.

Here’s one of the pins that inspired this project..

lowes concrete planter

(via Lowes)

We already had SOME experience with concrete when we made those concrete counters way back in 2007.  This planter was a little different than the counters though.  It was considerably easier, but the approach was the roughly same.  I found a basic procedure on Popular Mechanics website that I followed dimensionally, but I used some different material.

Here’s what the form looked like with the concrete poured.  We’re going to do a full-blown “how-to” post or at least a lessons learned post on this (probably next week), but today we’re just doing an overview.

concrete planter form

After the concrete cured, I popped the planter out of the form and here’s what we have.

black concrete planter

It looks pretty good dry and it looks sick when it’s wet.

But hang on… wasn’t this supposed to be monogrammed?

We DID monogram it.  On one side.

But, that part didn’t come out as hot.  We used a metal “V” from Restoration Hardware, which is the initial of our last name.  The idea is we’ll have two of these on our front porch with a small green plant of some type.  Very personal.  Very unique.

monomonogrammed concrete planter

So the concrete didn’t fully settle into the form around the “V”, obviously.  The worst part is, I was hoping to be able to pop out the V and use it on the next one.  Thought it would look pretty cool as a relief.  We also wanted to make one to see how it worked and make a matching one later.  Now I can’t get the letter out! LOL!

Did I mention that’s the only V I had and Restoration Hardware doesn’t sell anymore!  Whoops.

monogrammed concrete

Oh well.  Still looks cool though.  Weighs about 80 lbs.

So, when I make the next one… I’m going to take some extra concrete and fill in that space near the V so this one won’t look weird.

In the meantime, we’re going to turn the one planter around and stick with the solid side 😉  So it’s not a total loss.  Fun project.

Oh and we decided to wait to on the plant until we’ve got both built and ready to go.

DIY concrete planter

Here’s a link to our last Pinterest Challenge Project, the Reclaimed Wood Frame with a map.

So, here’s the rundown on the Pinterest Challenge.  It’s hosted by four bloggers.. this season it’s…

Katie from Bower Power
Sherry from Young House Love
Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop
Renee from Red Bird Blue

So pop on over to their blogs and check out all the projects!  We’ll be back on Monday!

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  • Too bad it didn't work! It still looks pretty cool though. Btw, how did you like the concrete counters? We're thinking of doing something similar…

    • Overall, I like them, but not as much as I like granite. We put the counters in my mom's shore house and she and my sisters LOVE them. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and I made some minor errors with the concrete counter that drives me nuts. It's inexpensive and it can look super cool and modern. Just depends on your taste. If you like the look of them then go for it.

      • Thanks! We do like the look and don't have the money for other options (plus ideally we'd love quartz, but we don't plan on being here forever and that would price us out of the neighborhood, I think).

  • You should try it again, and find another V somewhere, because they would look pretty awesome – if the concrete settled correctly, of course.

  • I think this project turned out great (I love concrete planters)!! I don't hate that the V is stuck in there (though I agree it would've looked cool if it popped out).

    • Thanks! Same here. I'm probably going to try leaving it in unless I absolutely can't find another.

  • I've been wanting to try a DIY Conrete Planter and the monogram gives it a nice touch! Great post!

  • casadechristine

    It turned out great! Love the angled shape to it! I'm sure if you fill in that little spot it will be perfect!! Great job.

  • Genius! I was trying to figure out what you were doing when I saw the first photo on IG! Now I want to make one. Thanks for the comment on my post. I hope my video helps. I'm really nervous as how it will go. :/ It's all about risk though…right?!!? lol. Take care. Congrats on your new little one!

  • I think it looks great! What a statement that will make on your porch. Great job!

  • I would have never know that it wasn't meant to be as is. I like it a lot!!

  • I like it! I think it looks really good!

  • amyanniemc

    Agreed! It still looks really good anyway.

  • Even though the monogram didn't turn out exactly as planned, I still love the look and shape of the planter! Again, you guys rocked my socks! 🙂

  • only_one_eagle

    Hobby Lobby sells Styrofoam letters that you could dissolve with acetone if you are set on a monogram set. Love the look of the planter as is.

  • That's awesome! I actually like how the metal stayed in there. Too bad they don't make the Vs anymore!