Concrete Plan: How to Make a DIY Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

Make a concrete vase (or a concrete planter) with one clever office supply…a mailing tube!

I feel a concrete kick coming on again, after this concrete bookend project and this candle votive DIY. And I’m kind of loving it. Apparently…

Because I have another concrete DIY to share today and this one is my favorite yet. Might have something to do with the fact that it involves flowers.

I made this super easy DIY concrete vase (remember the sneak peek on IG last week?) and had to share the tutorial because it’s so freakin’ easy. Also, spring! And flowers!

Materials for Concrete Vase / Concrete Planter

  • rapid setting cement mix (available on Amazon)
  • mailing tube
  • small juice glass
  • cooking spray
  • plastic bucket
  • bucket (that is okay to get messed up)
  • water
  • trowel or wooden spoon for mixing

How To Make a Concrete Vase / Concrete Planter

Step 1: Mix cement and water.

Add the cement mix to a bucket, and stir in water. You’ll need 4 parts cement to 1 part water. Mix well.

Step 2: Spray the inside of mailing tube.

Spray the inside of a mailing tube with cooking spray.

Step 3: Pour concrete mixture into mailing tube.

Then, start pouring the concrete mixture into the mailing tube. Only fill about halfway.

Step 4: Place the jar inside the concrete mix in the mailing tube, before it starts to set.

Place the juice glass inside the mailing tube, pressing down so that the concrete starts to push upwards, surrounding the sides of the glass. If more concrete mixture is needed, spoon it into the mailing tube, in between the sides and the juice glass.

Step 5: Wait for concrete to dry.

Wait for the concrete to dry. If you’re using a rapid setting concrete, it should be completely dry in 3-5 hours (depending on the temperature, etc).

Step 6: Rip the mailing tube away from the concrete.

Once dry, rip the container away to reveal your new vase. Fill with water and add flowers. Done!

Here’s what the finished vase looks like…

How to Make a Concrete Vase with a Mailing Tube

How to Make a Concrete Vase or Concrete Planter

I made this super easy DIY concrete vase and had to share the tutorial because it's so freakin' easy. You can literally make this thing with a mailing tube!

Ingredients

  • rapid setting cement mix available on Amazon
  • mailing tube
  • small juice glass
  • cooking spray
  • plastic bucket
  • bucket that is okay to get messed up
  • water
  • trowel or wooden spoon for mixing

Instructions

  • Add the cement mix to a bucket, and stir in water. Youll need 4 parts cement to 1 part water. Mix well.
  • Spray the inside of a mailing tube with cooking spray.
  • Then, start pouring the concrete mixture into the mailing tube. Only fill about halfway.
  • Place the juice glass inside the mailing tube, pressing down so that the concrete starts to push upwards, surrounding the sides of the glass. If more concrete mixture is needed, spoon it into the mailing tube, in between the sides and the juice glass.
  • Wait for the concrete to dry. If you're using a rapid setting concrete, it should be completely dry in 3-5 hours (depending on the temperature, etc).
  • Once dry, rip the container away to reveal your new vase.
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I’d love to hear what you think of this project, in the comments below. But also, I’m super curious to know what your absolute favorite flower is?

32 comments | Click here to reply

Good work! How did you get no bubbles? The surface is very smooth!

Scott Dyer@aceconcretingcanberra.com.au

I love that. Amazing
Nice for wedding table

Marietjie

Good question, Davina. I kept it in, and it’s a part of the finished piece – for a waterproof way to store water for flowers, etc.

Brittni

Is the juice glass then part of the vase? Or do you pull it out at the end? It’s hard to tell from the photos.

Davina Grunstein

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This is beautiful! One question: what size mailing tube?

Chiara

Love this idea!!! Super fun and just cool!!
My favorite flower is echinacea . I love all of the Pom Pom hybrids. They would look amazing in the concrete base!!! Thanks for sharing.

Julie Shearer

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That actually looks better than I would have expected it to. I really like how it looks with the flowers inside of it, and it’s a good way to recycle cups you don’t want anymore.

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