DIY: Cinder Block Focal Point Vertical Planter

Cinder blocks are not just for holding up your TV….

DIY cinder block planter

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I think this is a great idea to build on and refine.  Create a vertical garden easily.  The stacking options of cinder blocks are endless, it can be random or full of patterns and what if you painted or concrete-stained the blocks.  Combine that with some sexy plant choices and you could really have a striking design piece.

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  1. Megan on June 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Fun! It looks like it would be cheap and easy to put together too. Might have to give this a shot.

  2. Denise on June 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Reminds me of Mayan architecture, the stepped pyramids.

  3. Craig on March 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Looks like it might have a bad center of balance. I don’t see any mortar either. I think I’d make it more permanent, otherwise a good wind might topple it.

  4. Liana on August 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    This is a fabulous idea! I have a root cellar dug into the side of a hill and faced with railroad ties in the back of my rose garden. It’s ugly. This would be a great way to camouflage the whole thing.
    Forget mortar – too hard. We cement all of our concrete block work together with PL Construction adhesive (exterior grade in the caulk tube) Quick, easy, water-proof and dries in a couple of hours.
    I would then use concrete colorant (about $4.00 a bottle) to dye the blocks a lovely shade of terra cotta. Then use the same PL Adhesive to line the bottom of each hollow planter section with a piece of landscape fabric. Next, I would fill each planter section with potting soil and plant cactus and other succulents like sedums.
    I am going to show this to my husband when he gets home 🙂

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