I’ve been crazy about concrete lately, whether it’s DIY projects I want to add to my to-do list or simply admiring concrete home decor elements. Concrete is a super affordable and durable material that looks great polished and unpolished depending on the look you’re going for–clean or a bit grittier.
Today I’m sharing ten of my favorite concrete DIYs and home decor elements. But before you start any DIYs or shopping trips, let’s chat for a bit about the difference between concrete and cement. The two terms are often use interchangeably, but they aren’t the same thing.
Concrete is a composite material made of water, aggregate (crushed stone, rock, and sand), and cement. The aggregate and cement are mixed with water, and then this mixture solidifies to form concrete.
Cement is a fine powder made of limestone and other minerals. When you add water to cement, it triggers a chemical process that will harden the mixture. Cement can be used alone, but concrete cannot be made without cement.
Got it? Alright! Let’s move on to see some concrete inspiration!
Are you brave enough to try DIY concrete counters? I don’t know that I would be, but I’d love to try a table top. Handmade Modern has tons of details on their DIY concrete counters, including a great video showing the whole process.
This lovely concrete pendant lamp is made out of concrete and an old plastic bottle. They say you can make more than 15 lamps from a single bag of $6 concrete. Head over to check out the details.
Buy these on Etsy for $35.99 or try your hand at pouring your own using a flat, round mold. Glue cork onto the bottom to protect your table tops.
I love the simple design of this concrete pencil and desk utensils holder. This technique could also be used to organize makeup brushes and small paint brushes!
This isn’t a DIY, but it’s some major DIY inspiration! Pick up a clock-making kit (affiliate link) and some paint, and then get creative with pouring your own concrete.
These little planters are so small that I feel like they’d be a great foray into working with concrete. Plus, I don’t think you can have too many tiny succulents in your life.
Here’s another planter DIY, this one a bit more involved because of mold’s shape. Studio Gray House has the full tutorial on mixing the concrete, making the mold, pouring the concrete, and polishing the finished piece. Head over to check it out.
If pouring your own concrete seems daunting, check out this spin on a concrete planter made by gluing stepping stones together.
This one isn’t a DIY and would probably be really difficult to DIY, but I couldn’t not include it. The design is amazing! Toilet paper is an annoying thing to have to store, especially in small spaces. This turns your toilet paper into art. I never thought I’d say something like that.
This amazing concrete abstract wall art from Twist of Unique could be yours for $630+, or if you don’t have the cash, you could use it as inspiration to DIY some by pouring concrete into rectangular molds, painting, and then hanging.
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