Make a unique garden planter from an old towel!

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Here’s an interesting project made with an old bath towel. Take a look in the linen cupboard. Have you got a towel or two past their ‘use by date’? Maybe one or two gifted to you by a colourblind friend? Well, here’s a fun way to give that old towel or two a whole new opportunity for longevity… a cement/concrete towel planter!

Cement Towel Planters

At first glance, this might look like a job best left to the experts but this planter is actually a very basic concrete project – quick and easy but robust and long lasting! It’s also guaranteed to be a ‘one of a kind’ feature in your garden :)

All you have to remember for this DIY project, as with any projects involving concrete, is that it is important to wear protective gloves at all times to prevent skin damage. Cement is very corrosive and will quickly damage exposed skin.  Suitable gloves cost less than $1.50 a pair so there is no excuse for not wearing them.

It is also important to make sure that your towel is really soaked through with the concrete mix, so that you don’t end up with a weak and soft planter. Therefore the amount of concrete mix that you need will depend on the size and number of towels you wish to turn into planters. One bucket can cover about one big towel and two small towels. :)

If you want to get a bit more creative, make a hypertufa mix by adding some vermiculite or perlite together with some coconut coir or spagnam moss. The advantage of hypertufa over a straight concrete mix is that it is more absorbent making it better for your plants. There’s a touch more effort required but the result is worth it.

Get more concrete towel planter ideas from our album below and learn how to do it by watching the step-by-step tutorial shown below!

You’ll need these materials:

  • 1/2 bag of Quikrete
  • Water
  • 2 x 5-gallon Buckets
  • 1 Towel
  • Gloves (for concrete work)

And these tools:

  • 1 Mixing Stick (for concrete)
  • Drill

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Still wondering if you’re up to the task? You won’t be after watching this great ‘warts and all’ tutorial…

Ready to get started?