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Customer Stories for Concrete Planter

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Customer Stories for Concrete Planter

Story 1 for Concrete Planter
By:Anonymous
From:Washington, DC, USA
Posted: September 2, 2014
Do you have any videos on papercrete. Your tutorials are superior to anyone elses. I have other recipes but would trust yours so much more for my very first attempt with this medium. Thanks.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamSeptember 2, 2014
That is quite the compliment-- thank you! No how-to's on papercrete at this time, but we'll keep it in mind going forward. Thanks again!
Story 2 for Concrete Planter
By:Mom1bs
Posted: August 25, 2014
I have a few questions so I hope you experts can help!
Do you recommend sealing these planters?
What size masonry bit do you recommend?
Are there any issues with air bubbles? Should I poke the concrete between the buckets with a thin dowel or something?
Personally, I like the idea of casting them with a pipe inside to make a drain hole, but it seems it would be a bit tricky to keep the pipe upright in the mold when you are squishing the inner bucket down.
Thank you.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamAugust 26, 2014
Hi there! Thanks for your questions. We didn't seal our planters, but you could. They'll get darker where they are wet if you don't seal them. So, it comes down to your personal preference. Our mixture was very soupy and wet, so we didn't have problems with air bubbles. And, the size of the drill bit doesn't matter. If you use a small one, we suggest drilling multiple holes for drainage. Best of luck! Let us know how they turn out.
Story 3 for Concrete Planter
By:digger1267
From:Mississippi
Posted: April 16, 2013
There are also recipes for Hypertufa all over the internet. Mixing pearlite and peat moss with portland cement makes it a lot lighter and easier to handle.
27 of 27 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 18, 2013
Thanks for the suggestion! We've featured some stories on hypertufa. Check these out:

http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/woodworking-and-crafts/make-hypertufa-pots/project

http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/lawn-and-garden/hypertufa-table/project
Story 4 for Concrete Planter
By:DIRTDEVIL
From:ALABAMA
Posted: April 16, 2013
Concrete paints easily and some of the bright new colors look wonderful on it. You can paint a base color and then stripe it with the great new patterned Duck Tape or cut individual patterns from the tape and stick them on the painted or unpainted pot. Using the tape makes it easier to change the colors if you want. Be aware that the concrete absorbs the paint readily so painting a base coat or sealer on first is a good idea.
7 of 7 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 18, 2013
Thanks for the helpful tips!
Story 5 for Concrete Planter
By:Anonymous
From:Wasilla, AK 99654, USA
Posted: April 15, 2013
I have done this type of application using items like old jello molds bought at the antique store also cut a round hole in a childs rubber ball and filled it then cut it up. But the jello mold has been used many times. just use loads of veg. spray. I have also added a very loose concrete surrey to the outside of item after it has dried. I then added old sea glass or shells anything that u might collect. Glass beads are so pretty. I love making things with concrete. I have made bird baths, benchs and tiki statues. Added concrete pigment is always a good thing.
16 of 16 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 16, 2013
Thanks for sharing all of those awesome ideas! We'd love to see pictures sometime.
Story 6 for Concrete Planter
By:outdoorsgal
From:Ohio
Posted: April 9, 2013
What about adding color to the pots.
2 of 2 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By LCI Web TeamApril 18, 2013
Check out this helpful comment another reader posted:

"Concrete paints easily and some of the bright new colors look wonderful on it. You can paint a base color and then stripe it with the great new patterned Duck Tape or cut individual patterns from the tape and stick them on the painted or unpainted pot. Using the tape makes it easier to change the colors if you want. Be aware that the concrete absorbs the paint readily so painting a base coat or sealer on first is a good idea."
Story 7 for Concrete Planter
By:BigRosie
From:Columbus, GA, USA
Posted: April 7, 2013
use a pc pipe on bottom of first bucket as a drain line, instead of drilling, taking a chance of caking the pot.
23 of 23 found this story helpful.
Story 8 for Concrete Planter
By:CookieRN
From:Austin, TX, USA
Posted: April 2, 2013
Do you have the plastic containers in different shapes? (Like the one in the photo under the terra cotta flower pot?)
And what do I ask for specifically? Thank you.
Response from Lowe's:By Web TeamApril 3, 2013
Hello! The planters and lawn art that you see in this story can all easily be made by following the DIY instructions on this page. If you're looking for pre-made items for purchase, we suggest checking out Lowe's lawn and garden department.
Story 9 for Concrete Planter
By:Lini
From:Rancho Cucamonga, California
Posted: February 22, 2013
love these concrete containers....can't wait to start on the first one!
One Question,though: I can't stand the thought of cutting up all those plastic buckets and trashing them/doesn't seem very earth friendly...is there a way to seal them for use again or can I use the plastic pots that small trees and rosebushes come in? Those have drainage holes so how can I plug those up before use?
Thanks for such an easy and beautiful project!
2 of 2 found this story helpful.
Response from Lowe's:By The LCI TeamFebruary 22, 2013
Lini, that's a tough one! We suggest using lots of non-stick spray and a pot with a tapered shape so that it slides out more easily. You won't have to worry about plugging drainage holes because the bottom of the planter will not be visible. However, you can try putting a piece of duct tape over it before pouring the concrete into the mold. Good luck!
Story 10 for Concrete Planter
By:djslowes
From:Sacramento, CA, USA
Posted: February 17, 2013
what did you use to create the concrete balls?
Response from Lowe's:By The LCI TeamFebruary 18, 2013
We used a glass orb that you can use with a light fixture. They come in a wide variety of sizes at Lowe's. Check out the video at about the :47 mark for more details.
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