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How to Add Color to Concrete + Make a Concrete Vase


Have you ever wondered how to paint concrete? Read this!

Two concrete vases with bouquets of colorful flowers sit on a desk in a loft space

Have you ever wondered how to paint concrete and wanted to share the results? You can use this technique to make any concrete DIY imaginable, even colored concrete, but to keep things simple, let’s start with concrete vases!

Let’s face it, this is just an excuse for me to buy fresh flowers and do a little arranging.

Click through for the step-by-step process for making your own concrete vase and learn how to paint concrete any custom color you dream of.

DIY concrete vase with pretty bouquets sitting on a pink dresser with pink artwork behind it

Last year after figuring out how to paint stucco any color in the sunlight, many of you asked why I didn’t use regular paint. I explained in that post why I couldn’t do it.

But it got me thinking about concrete projects and how hypothetically it should be able to withstand the paint being added before being cast.

So, I thought I’d give it a try. And it totally worked! The finished product is a color-blocked vase with abundant features, perfectly customized to fit the color scheme of my home (or studio).

Here’s how to make your own…

Instructions for Making a Color-Blocked DIY Concrete Vase

Material

  • Rapid setting cement/concrete mix (available at). Amazon,
  • acrylic paint
  • large (wide) mailing tube
  • small juice glass (I used in -they are on sale)
  • cooking spray
  • 2 buckets (it’s okay to be messy)
  • Water
  • trowel or spoon for mixing
  • electric sander or sandpaper
  • gloves and mask

Making concrete vases and removing them from the cardboard mailing tubes they were made in

How to Add Color to Concrete (and DIY Concrete Vases)

1. Cut the mail tube.

Start by shrinking the mailing tube down to size, if necessary.

I used a saw to cut mine down to a height of about 10 inches making sure the end was capped and the top uncapped (as shown in the photo).

2. Spray the inside of the tube.

Spray the inside of the mailing tube with cooking spray and rub it evenly down the sides with a reusable paper towel or cloth.

This will prevent the concrete from bonding to the matching tube during setting.

3. Put on protective gear and mix the concrete.

Next, put on a mask and gloves and pour the cement mix into a bucket.

Mix water according to directions on the packaging.

Typically, you’ll need 4 parts cement and 1 part water. mix well.

If you want a two-toned look like my vases, start by pouring some of that mixture directly into the mailing tube after you’ve mixed it.

If you want the entire vase to be one color, skip this step and go to Step 4, mixing all of the concrete mix with the paint at once.

4. Add paint to the concrete.

Mix paint into the remaining mixture right away! You have to move fast to get the concrete to set because it sets fast.

I used acrylic paint, which is a bit thick so it won’t affect the consistency of the concrete.

This took more paint than I expected… 2-4 ounces of paint for 1 concrete vase the same size as mine.

You can add more or less paint depending on the saturation you’re hoping for.

5. Pour the mixture into the tube.

Then, begin pouring the colored concrete mix into the mailing tube.

Fill a little more than halfway, then place the juice glass inside the mailing tube.

Press down so that the concrete begins to push up, encircling the sides of the glass.

Then, continue pouring the concrete into the mailing tube, trying to avoid the opening of the juice glass (but getting the juice in between the sides of the glass).

6. Wait for the concrete to dry.

If you are using rapid setting concrete, it should dry completely in a few hours (depending on temperature etc.).

Once dry, tear open the container to reveal your new vase.

7. Sand the bottom if necessary so that the vase stays flat.

You can use an electric sander or do it by hand with sandpaper.

Finally, make sure the glass vase is free of debris (and dried concrete), then fill with water and add flowers.

Removing Cardboard Tube from Concrete Vase Mold

Concrete vases with beautiful wildflowers in each vase, placed on pink countertop

Concrete vase with dahlias and wildflowers inside

How to Add Color to Concrete (and DIY Concrete Vases)

I cracked the code on how to paint concrete and wanted to share the results with you guys! You can use this technique to make any imaginable concrete DIY, but to make things easy, let’s start with concrete vases! Let’s face it, this is just an excuse for me to buy fresh flowers and do a little arranging. Click through for the step-by-step process on making your own concrete vase and learn how to paint concrete any color you can dream up!

Keyword: concrete, concrete, diy, painting the vase

Author: Britney

  • Rapid Setting Cement Mix (Available on Amazon)

  • acrylic paint

  • large (wide) mailing tube

  • Small juice glass (I used these – they are on sale)

  • cooking spray

  • 2 buckets (it’s okay to be messy)

  • Water

  • trowel or spoon for mixing

  • electric sander or sandpaper

  • gloves and mask

Cut a matching tube.

  • Start by shrinking the mailing tube down to size, if necessary.

  • I used a saw to cut mine down to a height of about 10 inches making sure the end was capped and the top uncapped (as shown in the photo).

Spray inside the tube.

  • Spray the inside of the mailing tube with cooking spray and rub it evenly down the sides with a paper towel or cloth.

  • This will prevent the concrete from bonding to the matching tube during setting.

Put on protective gear and mix the concrete.

  • Next, put on a mask and gloves and pour the cement mix into a bucket.

  • Mix water according to directions on the packaging.

  • Typically, you’ll need 4 parts cement and 1 part water. mix well.

  • If you want a two-toned look like my vases, start by pouring some of that mixture directly into the mailing tube after you’ve mixed it.

  • If you want the entire vase to be one color, skip this step and go to Step 4, mixing all of the concrete mix with the paint at once.

Add paint to concrete.

  • Mix paint into the remaining mixture right away! You have to move fast to get the concrete to set because it sets fast.

  • I used acrylic paint, which is a bit thick so it won’t affect the consistency of the concrete.

  • This took more paint than I expected… 2-4 ounces of paint for 1 concrete vase the same size as mine.

  • You can add more or less paint depending on the saturation you’re hoping for.

Pour the mixture into the tube.

  • Then, begin pouring the colored concrete mix into the mailing tube.

  • Fill a little more than halfway, then place the juice glass inside the mailing tube.

  • Press down so that the concrete begins to push up, encircling the sides of the glass.

  • Then, continue pouring the concrete into the mailing tube, trying to avoid the opening of the juice glass (but getting the juice in between the sides of the glass).

Wait for the concrete to dry.

  • If you are using rapid setting concrete, it should dry completely in a few hours (depending on temperature etc.).

  • Once dry, tear open the container to reveal your new vase.

Sand the bottom if necessary so the vase stays flat.

  • You can use an electric sander or do it by hand with sandpaper.

  • Finally, make sure the glass vase is free of debris (and dried concrete), then fill with water and add flowers.

Do you think you’ll try this solid color project? I would love to know what you think..



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