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Make a Fluted Concrete Planter (Using Straws)

The fluted concrete planter, created using straws, offers a unique and visually appealing design that enhances the aesthetic appeal of any space. Not only does it serve as a functional container for plants, but it also showcases the versatility and creativity of using unconventional materials in design. The use of straws in constructing the fluted concrete planter provides a sustainable solution to reduce waste and repurpose single-use items. By repurposing straws in the construction of the fluted concrete planter, we can divert them from ending up in landfills or contributing to the environment positively. 

Materials needed:

  • Cement, rapid set
  • Disposable bowl
  • Disposable cup
  • Durable nitrile gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety mask– rated for silica dust
  • Black colorant– optional
  • Jumbo drinking straws
  • Cardboard tube- outer mold approx. 4 ¼”
  • Cardboard tube- inner mold- approx 3 ⅝”
  • Acetate
  • Hot glue
  • A 6 x 6 tile or similar hard surface to use as the base of the mold
  • Blue tape
  • Piece of aluminum flashing -20 x2” long
  • Permanent marker
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Play sand
  • Needle nose pliers
  • #60 grit diamond sanding sponge

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