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DIY: Concrete Block Planters

DIY: Concrete Block Planters

On a recent trip to the hardware store, Remodelista editor, Allison, spotted a wall of basalite concrete blocks, which got her thinking about all sorts of possible uses: coffee table base, bookshelf supports, planters. Commonly used to build perimeter walls and outbuildings, basalite blocks function as sculpture when used as planters, especially when stacked randomly. These are cheap from your local hardware store, but keep your eyes peeled for castaways from new construction lots.

Above: If you intend to use the blocks on a wood surface, protect the wood from contact with wet soil by setting the basalite block on top of a sheet of heavy plastic cut to the dimensions of the block base.

Above: Basalite blocks planted with succulents line the stairs to Allison’s home in Mill Valley, California.

Above: Full size basalite blocks (16″x 8″ x 8″) will accommodate two plants; available at Home Depot for $1.48.

Above: Simply Succulents is a good online source for a wide range of succulents; prices start at $5.95 for a single succulent. Succulent Collections are also available, starting at $21.95 for six.

Above: Basalite 8-Inch-Square Half Block to use for one plant; $1.26 at Home Depot.

Above: Succulent Container Gardens; $19.77 at Amazon.

We’ve posted before on using Concrete Blocks as Table Bases. See also the wonders of concrete as an architectural element in Remodelista’s post on Board-Formed Concrete Walls.

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3:23AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Great idea! Thanks.

4:04PM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Thanks for sharing these ideas.

11:28AM PST on Mar 6, 2013


11:03AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

can't wait to try!! thank you for the planting idea.

4:56AM PST on Mar 6, 2013


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12:28PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Thank you

9:26PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:54AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Love the look:)

3:17PM PDT on May 17, 2011

Very neat!

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