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DIY Concrete Bowls

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I could not be more excited to share this incredibly easy, fun, and inexpensive DIY with y’all! This is by far and away, my favorite DIY of the year, if not of all time. I also feel that it is my responsibility to warn you that this DIY is highly addictive. Once you start making concrete bowls, you are going to find it very hard to stop. I’m obsessed!

Aside from the concrete, I had everything I needed to make concrete bowls at home.

Be sure to mix the concrete in a bucket that you aren’t attached to, because it’s unlikely your bucket will ever be the same again. I used a bucket that Trader Joe’s gave me (back in the day), to bring home bunches of flowers I had bought. Your concrete should be the consistency of pudding. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to give you an exact concrete mix/water ratio because it depends on the size of the bowl you’re making.

The bowl forms I used to create my bowls were all bowls I had around the house. One of my outer bowls was an old ($1) birthday party chip bowl, the inner bowl I used with the chip bowl was an old plant container from the nursery. The plant is now in the yard, so I repurposed the container for this project. If you don’t have spare bowls like I did, don’t despair. Cheap nesting bowls are super easy to find at stores like Dollar Tree.

The secret sauce though is cooking spray. Yup, I said it, cooking spray. If you take nothing else from this tutorial, remember the cooking spray!

Why you ask?! Thank you for asking… I forgot to use cooking spray on one of the bowls I made and believe me, you only make that mistake once. I spent about an hour carefully chipping away the bowl molds to save the concrete bowl. Thankfully the concrete bowl was spared, however, the bowl molds were demolished.

It’s imperative that you spray the molds with cooking spray. You will spray the inside of the base bowl and the outside of the bowl that will be placed in the concrete. This helps tremendously when it comes time to remove the concrete from the molds once the bowl is dry.

With one bag of concrete, I made nine bowls. The sizes varied. The fun part was how unique each bowl turned out. Not just in shape and size, but also in regard to texture. Some of the bowls had more gravel in the cement giving the bowl a very rough texture, while other bowls were surprisingly smooth. Even air bubbles in the concrete differed from bowl to bowl, some looked coral-like. I had so much fun playing around with different styles.

Here are a few of my favorite concrete bowl creations. I hope you enjoy this DIY as much as I did! I would love to see the bowls and planters you create for your home. Feel free to email me photos!

DIY Concrete Bowls
Yield: 8-10 Bowls

DIY Concrete Bowls

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time:
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

I could not be more excited to share this incredibly easy, fun, and inexpensive DIY with y'all! This is, by far, my favorite DIY of the year, if not of all time. I also feel that it is my responsibility to warn you that this DIY is also highly addictive. Once you start making concrete bowls, you may find it very hard to stop. I hope you love making them as much as I do!

Materials

  • Concrete Mix
  • Bowls (Inexpensive and that can nest with one another)
  • Cooking spray
  • Water
  • Weights (bricks, large rocks, etc)

Tools

  • Bucket (to mix concrete in)
  • Metal or strong plastic rod (to stir concrete)
  • Rubber Mallet (to gently tap sides of bowls once the concrete has hardened, if necessary)
  • Sandpaper (to smooth edges after the bowls are dry)

Instructions

  1. Eyeball the amount of dry concrete you think you will need to make your bowl. Since all bowls are sized differently, do the best you can to estimate how much you will need.
  2. Pour some dry concrete into a bucket and add enough water to make the concrete the consistency of pudding. If it looks too runny, add more concrete mix. If it seems too dry and hard to mix, add more water.
  3. Quickly spray the inside of the outer bowl with cooking spray.
  4. Just as quickly, pour some concrete into the bowl. (Do not fill the bowl to the top with concrete, because you will be putting your nesting bowl in the concrete and the concrete will rise up the edges of the outer bowl.)
  5. Quickly spray the bowl that you will be placing in the concrete with cooking spray.
  6. Gently, push the inner bowl into the concrete.
  7. Once you feel like the inner bowl is far enough in the concrete to make your bowl deep enough, add bricks or rocks inside the bowl to keep it from rising out of the concrete.
  8. Allow the concrete to dry at least an hour, ideally overnight.
  9. Once the concrete is dry, gently try to dislodge the inner bowl from the concrete.
  10. When the inner bowl has come free from the concrete, gently place the outer bowl upsidedown. (I did this over the grass.) Keep your hand close to the concrete bowl inside in case the concrete bowl comes loose.
  11. If the concrete bowl doesn't release, you can GENTLY tap the sides of the bowl to help it try to release.
  12. If the edges are rough, use fine grit sandpaper to smooth them out.

Notes

Have fun experimenting with your bowls! You can use different shapes depending on the shapes of your bowls and the texture is fun to play with too. You can make bowls with more texture to them, rocky looking, or make smooth bowls. The sky's the limit! Have fun creating!!

  1. Jennifer Choate says:

    I want to do this !!!! So beautiful!!!!

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