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.


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Great idea! Thanks.

Carla van der Meer

Thanks for sharing these ideas.

Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Carole F.
Carole f4 years ago

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

Ram Reddy
Ram Reddy4 years ago


Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Isabel Ramirez
Isabel Ramirez6 years ago

Love the look:)

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson6 years ago

Very neat!