Suburban area – this is the place where you can show your imagination, creating a cozy atmosphere. Not the least role in this is played by small architectural forms – garden furniture, sculptures, fountains, and so on.
You can create a unique atmosphere on the territory of the house with the help of decorative flower beds – all the more so that concrete vases for flowers can be made by hand.
Concrete is a versatile material that can be used to decorate the landscape, making decorative items from it.
It has the necessary plasticity, which allows using the forms to give the products the necessary form. And the finished product is distinguished by its strength, durability and resistance to environmental influences in the form of precipitation and temperature differences.
Gray and ordinary building concrete is transformed by adding dyes to the solution or decorating it after removing the product from the mold.
Living plants and flowers are harmoniously combined with other natural materials, but since it is almost impossible to create a monolithic structure made of natural stone with one’s own hand, concrete comes to the rescue.
Capacity will turn out strong, monolithic and moisture resistant. And even without additional coloring, in natural gray color it will look original and stylish.
Important! Concrete flower vases will not only introduce a special aura into the landscape of the site, but also allow for competent zoning of the territory, if all the fragments are combined with a single concept.
No wonder concrete is used for the manufacture of small architectural forms for the improvement of the urban exterior – urban alleys, parks, recreation areas, public areas are decorated with concrete flower beds, benches on concrete supports and other products.
From the positive qualities of concrete vases, the following can be noted:
- The price of the components included in the concrete solution is very affordable. The only expensive component is a powder dye for concrete;
- Due to the performance qualities of the material, the products are durable, frost-resistant, moisture-proof, durable and fireproof;
- Due to the plasticity of the concrete, the decorative vase can be of various sizes and configurations;
- Concrete vase does not require maintenance, and over time it can acquire a special decoration, becoming an integral part of the landscape.
A large variety of concrete vases can be purchased from manufacturers, where they are made by the method of molding by industrial method. The standard vase is presented in the form of a bowl, support leg and base. Its height varies between 30-60 cm.
However, the finished decorative vase can not suit everyone – it is still a typical product, which does not always meet the stated stability and durability. Showing a little imagination, you can make the original product of the desired shape and size at home.
Important! The depth of a concrete vase depends on its purpose. If it is intended for planting living plants, then its depth must correspond, and for decorative compositions of dry plants, a shallow capacity can be made.
The shape and dimensions of the product are selected depending on personal preferences. In industrial production, standard forms are used for pouring concrete, but in case of independent production, improvised means can be used, sometimes the most unusual. This can be a plastic bottle, box or ball to create a round vase.
Concrete after solidification forms a monolithic structure of a given shape, and retains it for the entire period of operation. This allows you to create a vase of concrete with your own hands of the most different configuration: in the form of a ball, cube, rectangle or decorative vase of complex shape.
Important! A vase made of concrete will look great not only as a decoration of the garden landscape, but also as a unique art object in a modern interior in the style of a loft, minimalism or high-tech.
Location on the site
Flowerbeds and vases add bright colors to the local area. They are designed to create accent areas, and if necessary, to participate in its zoning. It should be remembered that in terms of style, the appearance of a concrete vase should correspond to the surrounding landscape and the elements of its design.
It is important to take into account the size of the site when choosing the size of a concrete vase, since the concrete itself looks cumbersome and too large a product can spoil the overall picture. The main goal should be an optimal solution that will balance and emphasize the concept of the landscape.
According to the style of manufacturing concrete vases can be classic or modern, they can successfully fit into the landscape in the style of high-tech or rustic style. Due to the fact that concrete is subject to painting, you can make bright vases. However, it should be borne in mind that their color should not interrupt the brightness of plants and flowers that are supposed to be planted.
Tip! To “age” a concrete vase, you can put on the surface of any of the dairy products, and soon it will moss.
Choosing a color scheme for dyeing a concrete flowerpot, it is recommended to opt for a brown, beige, white, gray or terracotta color.
How to make yourself a concrete vase
The process of making a vase from concrete is extremely simple and does not require special tools or skills. As mentioned earlier, any container can be selected as a form.
The only condition is that it must be sealed, without cracks.
Knead the solution
To prepare a concrete mix, the components are mixed in a ratio of 2: 3: 3, where 2 parts are cement, 3 parts is gravel and 3 parts is sand. The strength of the vase depends on the brand of cement.
The cement mixture should be thoroughly mixed with sand, and then add the required amount of gravel. Then a slide is assembled from the resulting mixture, in the center of which is a hole into which it is necessary to pour water. Further addition of water is made in portions, based on the situation before obtaining the consistency of thick cream.
Making a garden vase
For the manufacture of garden vases will require the presence of two containers of the same height, but of different volume. Two basins or boxes that can be inserted one into the other, provided that free space is left between them – this will be the thickness of the vase.
In order to remove the concrete base without problems, before pouring the mortar, it is necessary to lubricate a large container from the inside, and a small one from the outside using a non-stick means or ordinary vegetable oil. For the form of wood suitable wax paste. To increase the strength of the product, it is necessary to place a reinforcing mesh in the solution when it is poured.
Important! Production of bulky products should be made at the place where it should be located so that there are no problems with their transportation.
- The manufacturing process is as follows:
- First you need to fill half the larger capacity with concrete solution;
- In the center of a large capacity is placed a small one. It is important to leave a few centimeters at the bottom to drill holes for moisture removal if it is intended to plant live plants in a vase. It is necessary to drill holes without waiting for the concrete to finally set;
- When the inner container is removed and the holes are drilled, the vase is left to dry in the sun for several days.
Ways to decorate concrete vases
Concrete vases can be decorated in various ways, but more often it is easier to do this with paint, which can be applied as a pattern, using a sponge or stencil, or completely paint the product. In the interiors of modern apartments and garden plots, the natural texture of concrete will be harmonious in and of itself, and in combination with living plants, emphasizing their tenderness.
There are two ways of dyeing concrete products – a dye is added at the mixing stage of the solution, or the finished product is painted.
When dyeing a finished vase, you must wait until it is completely dry, and pre-treat its surface with emery paper. Then carefully remove the resulting concrete dust. In order for the paint to last longer, you can pre-treat the vase with a primer and let it dry completely before applying the paint.
Important! Before painting a concrete vase, it must be treated on the outside with concrete contact or another deep penetration primer. This is to ensure the strength of the decorative coating.
If the vase will stand on the street, then the paint must be waterproof and have an acrylic base. Also, to give concrete a particular shade, use powder dyes that are added to the solution itself before pouring it into the mold.
Due to the plasticity of concrete, a variety of textures can be created on its surface with the help of dies, fabrics or other objects of unusual shape.
Important! To make a vase of concrete look spectacular, you can use evening directional lighting.
Still not frozen concrete surface can be decorated with tiled chips, mosaics, natural stone, shells and other details.
To make a vase strong and durable, you can use a few practical tips:
- To drill a drain hole in a pot of concrete, you must use a drill for stone;
- Before painting a concrete product, its surface is prepared – ground and putty irregularities;
- If you want to get a light shade of the product after painting, then before applying the paint composition, the surface of the vase is treated with white primer;
- After adding lime or gypsum to the mixture, the product freezes faster.
Concrete vases in the interior
As noted earlier, a concrete vase can be used as a decorative ornament of a modern interior. In recent years, such styles as loft, hi-tech, minimalism and industrial have gained great popularity.
Often in these interiors are used concrete surfaces as accent walls, table tops and other furniture. Stylish concrete vases made of concrete fit into such an interior as well as possible, and the living plants put in them will look most natural.