At our Modern Farmhouse Airbnb, we desperately needed some colorful plants between the sidewalk and front porch. You see, during construction, the bulldozer guy backfilled next to the house, using the yucky heavy clay stuff that was intended for our driveway, instead of the nice big pile of good soil…..YIKES!
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So….since I tried planting things in this area and that didn’t turn out to well, the soil was just horrible and I knew I needed to either 1) dig out this crappy clay soil and replace with good soil (this didn’t appeal to me for the cost AND the labor!) or 2) get some flower containers and fill with pretty annuals to bring in that summer color! I opted for 2!
But the other obstacle here is we get so much wind at this house, every little storm that passes through ends up blowing anything and everything we have out into the yard or down the drive. Even our cute rocking chairs! We needed something with some weight to it.
CHEAP DIY PLANTERS
So I stumbled across during my hours of pass time on Pinterest (cause it’s what you do during the Coronovirus pandemic) this great idea of using concrete stepping stones to make planters. GENIUS! I can’t give credit to anyone in particular, because I found so many different options and posts.
But I decided this would be perfect. Heavy so no storm will toss these babies around! And cheap….which is how I roll. And when I say CHEAP….I mean these were normally $1.48 per stepping stone but I got them on sale for $1 each!
Now if you were going to put these on your patio, you would need 5 stepping stones (one for the bottom) but since I was parking these cute little beauties in the landscaping itself, I decided I didn’t need a bottom!
LET’S GET STARTED
So we started dry fitting 4 of the concrete stepping stones together making sure how to get them a snug fit.
Then we laid them all down exactly where they were so it would be easier to pop them up in place during the adhesion part.
We used Loctite Premium Construction Adhesive, but you could also use Liquid Nails. This is just what we had handy in my vast stash of stuff. You’ll also need a caulking gun. Just snip off the end of the tube applicator after you pop it in the gun and you’re ready to go!
We just butted the sides to the back, then did the same to the front, pressing together. You’ll want to make a nice wiggly ribbon, don’t leave any spaces in your glue. (sorry no photo for this step, I totally forgot to snap hubby doing it!)
I added a little string around them just to keep them steady until the glue set up. Let them set up overnight.
The next afternoon, I placed them where I wanted them (these are really heavy, so maybe ask for help!) and I filled them with my potting soil and flowers!
VIOLA, QUICK CONTAINERS
I think they add a nice Industrial Farmhouse look to the front, and once the flowers start to take off and grow/fill in, it will look fantastic!
Let me know if you decide to give this a try. You don’t have to use the regular concrete color either, these stepping stones come in other colors as well. I think the red ones would be super cute!
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