A few weeks ago, I found an awesome sale on bags of concrete. I mean, this was dirt cheap at a yard sale I stopped at, so I had to buy it. You just never know when you’ll need several bags of concrete, right? So far I haven’t needed it for anything around the house, which made me wonder just what I was going to do with all of that concrete. So, I started looking for projects and what I found are 40 amazing ways that you can turn concrete into beautiful DIY projects.
From decorative letters to magnets and even a bedside lamp, I’ve found so many creative ways that I could use that concrete and I wanted to share them with you. Did you know that you can create your own DIY concrete countertops? How about a gorgeous concrete cake stand? See, there are so many ways that you can put concrete to good use. This isn’t a list of ways to repurpose concrete, although you know how I do love a good repurpose project. By the way, have you checked out these creative ways to repurpose empty laundry detergent bottles? You’ll find loads of ideas to keep those bottles out of the trash and put them to good use.
All of the projects on this list incorporate bags of concrete and turn them into amazing things from stools and planters to clicks and even jewelry! Imagine sporting your own jewelry collection that you’ve made yourself…and from concrete! I love a good DIY project, which is why I’m so excited to share this one with you. Whether you have one bag of concrete or several, you’re sure to find the perfect project to put that concrete to use. There are ideas for home and garden décor and so much more! Since you’ll be working outdoors quite a bit (You don’t really want to be mixing concrete in your home), I recommend that you also take a look at these great patio makeover ideas. You know, just to give you a bit of beauty while you’re working on your concrete projects.
Grab those bags of concrete – or run to the hardware store and pick up a bag or two, they’re really inexpensive – and let’s get creative! We’re going to take a look at 40 cool concrete projects that you really need in your life right now.
1. $5 Concrete Stool
This concrete stool would be perfect for a workshop and you can make it for around $5. It’s as easy to make as it is cheap. You pour the concrete into a five gallon bucket and add your legs that you can cut from a single dowel. When the concrete has dried, just pull out your new stool. You don’t even need that much concrete so you can actually make several of these stools from one bag.
2. DIY Concrete Bedside Lamp
This little lamp is adorable and so easy to make. You’ll have to build a small box – whatever size you want your lamp – out of wood and then use that box to mold your concrete. Once the concrete has set, you just remove the box and then add your lamp electrical pieces which you can reuse from an old lamp or buy as a kit. It’s an easy and really unique lamp that will instantly add charm to any room.
3. Easy DIY Concrete Magnets
I love kitchen magnets – my fridge is always covered in them. I also love the idea of making my own magnets out of concrete. This project is so easy and so customizable. You just mold your magnets in a silicone ice cube tray – and these come in so many fun shapes and sizes – and then add a magnet. You can paint them as well if you want. This is a good project for kids during the winter months when it’s just too cold to get outside.
4. Elegant Concrete Cake Stand
Make your own cake stand out of that concrete that you have left over from other projects. This one doesn’t take much concrete and you can mold it from items in your kitchen. Use a cake pan itself as the top and then disposable plastic glasses to create the stem. This one is so easy and it makes such a lovely – and very durable – cake stand to display all of your baking.
5. DIY Concrete Bowl
Make a lovely – and not to mention very heavy – bowl from that concrete and a few other supplies. One bag of concrete will make so many things and you can create several of these lovely bowls from a bag. You mold the bowl in the bottom of a flexible rubber bucket – which you can pick up at Walmart for around $5. You could create taller or shallower bowls, depending on your preference.
6. Easy Concrete Coasters
These geometrical styled coasters are great and they take very little concrete to make. These would be wonderful gifts and they’re so easy. You mold the coasters in small boxes, whatever size you want, and decorate with acrylic paint. You could paint the entire coaster or just the insert – which is also really easy to make.
7. Gorgeous DIY Concrete Bracelets
If you love jewelry – or need a gift idea for someone else who does – these concrete bracelets are perfect. They’re made in bangle style and they are actually not too heavy considering they’re made of concrete. You just mold the bracelet and then when it dries, paint it however you want with acrylic paints. This is the perfect gift idea for anyone who likes quirky and otherwise unusual jewelry.
8. Easy DIY Crayon Organizer
This concrete crayon organizer is great and it’s very versatile. You could use it as a pencil holder, utensil holder in the kitchen or even a planter if you don’t need something for crayons. It’s a pretty easy project to make and if you’re making it for crayons, the kids will love helping. Once it’s dried, just paint it however you want.
9. Relaxing DIY Concrete Fire Bowls
There’s nothing better than relaxing on your porch or deck and having a small fire, right? These concrete fire bowls are perfect for that and since they’re DIY fire bowls, they’re much cheaper than anything you can buy in a home improvement or department store. Plus, they’re tabletop sized so you can make as many as you need and you can get more than one from a single bag of concrete.
10. DIY Cement Monogram Letters
Really spruce up your front lawn with these concrete monogram letters. These are great for just sitting on the porch or you could do numbers to make a more decorative house number. They’re really easy and can be painted anyway you want to decorate them. Plus, you can make your own molds from cardboard so the only actual cost in making these comes from the concrete.
11. Easy DIY Concrete Countertops
Did you know that you can make your own concrete countertops? Well, you can and it looks really easy to do. Concrete countertops are all the rage but they’re also pretty expensive. Of course, we do things the DIY way, so you’ll save a fortune doing these yourself. They’re perfect for bathrooms or you could add them to your kitchen counters, as well.
12. Decorative Deer Head Concrete Ornament
This concrete deer head is perfect if you want to add that sort of decorative element to your home, but you really don’t want an actual deer head hanging there. It doubles as a planter so you can add your favorite greenery or succulents and have a lovely display on the wall. I found this one on Etsy, which seems a bit easier than molding it yourself. You can pick it up for less than $25 and they have other animals available.
13. DIY Concrete Box Clock
This little clock would be perfect for the bedroom or den. It’s a block shaped clock that is made out of concrete. It’s so unique! You start by building the form out of wooden blocks – note that you can build the mold whatever shape or size you want. Then pour your concrete and when it dries, assemble your clock kit. This is a great upcycle project for a broken clock, assuming that the clock mechanisms are working.
14. Easy Handmade Concrete Garden Balls
I love decorating in the garden with spheres and mirror balls. I think these concrete balls would fit in nicely as well. They’re molded in a round glass light cover. Note that to remove the concrete balls, you will have to smash the light cover, so I recommend finding these at yard sales or anywhere they’re cheap. You should be able to get them for just a couple dollars each if you visit your local Goodwill or other thrift stores.
15. Industrial Style Desk With Concrete Desktop
This industrial styled desk has a concrete top and wooden legs and it’s much easier to build than you may think. You do have to create a mold for the desktop so measuring is essential. Plus, you’ll need to build the actual desk complete with legs to hold the top. When it’s finished, this is a lovely desk and it would be perfect for a teen’s room or any home office.
16. Cement Easter Eggs
It’s nowhere close to Easter but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan ahead. And, I strongly recommend making these adorable little concrete Easter eggs for your Easter decorating. These are so easy to make and you can mold them in plastic eggs. Once they’re dry, just paint and decorate them however you want and you have lovely, not to mention very durable, Easter decorations for years to come.
17. DIY Gold Dipped Concrete Earrings
These little earrings are as elegant as they are easy to make and they’re made from concrete! You can actually purchase those little concrete gemstone shapes but you can just as easily mold them yourself from any number of things. Create your mold from cardboard and when the concrete has set and dried, dip the ends in gold metallic paint and then glue on your earring back.
18. Concrete Gradient Tealight Holders
These little tealight candle holders are so gorgeous and they’re not terribly complicated to make. The concrete has an Ombre look and darkens a bit with each layer. You create the four smaller layers and then stack them to hold your tealight candle. You could also do this with a smaller candle hole and make it perfect for taper candles or larger ones, as well.
19. Hand Blown Concrete Garden Bowls
These hand blown concrete bowls are perfect for adding a bit of ambiance to your garden area. Once they’re finished, you top them off with a tealight candle, so they add just the right amount of glow for outdoor entertaining. You can mold them in round light domes and leave the top un-poured so that you have a hole for the candles. These would also be great painted orange or black for Halloween decorating.