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Concrete Isn't Just For Sidewalks - You Can Do Some Epic Things With It

MARCH 18, 2015  —  By Emily Geraghty  
Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty is a DIY writer and video specialist for ViralNova. Previous to ViralNova, she worked in digital content and video production for MTV, Allure, Glamour and LogoTV, as well as reality television development. In her free time she runs the fashion blog That Cheap, a blog about thrift store shopping and inexpensive beauty trends.

When you think of concrete, "gorgeous" is probably not the first word that comes to mind. While most people might think concrete is just for sidewalks and patios, the newest trend in DIY takes the utilitarian supply to an elegant, modern, and new level.

Before you throw away that leftover cement mix in your garage, check out these 20 awesome concrete DIYs. You'll be swearing by the stuff in no time.

1. Concrete candleholders

These patterns were made by filling the bottom of plastic bottles with cement.

2. Cinder block birdhouse

You don't even have to mix any concrete to make this. Get the full tutorial here.

3. Outdoor or bedside table

Addicted 2 DIY used an old end table as a mold for this project.

4. Concrete flower vases

Learn how to make these super-smooth concrete vases here.

5. Cement stool

A bucket serves as the mold for this cute stool.

6. Sound dock

This cement sound dock takes some skill to make, but the results are awesome.

7. Address number stepping stone

See how to make this fun outdoor decor piece here.

8. Picture frame

The mold for this project can be made from an old cereal box.

9. Cement leaf castings

These make for cute outdoor garden decorations.

10. Concrete-dipped lamp shades

These lamp shades are ultra modern and simple.

11. Hanging table

See how it's made here.

12. Concrete clock

Clock making is easier than you'd think. Read the tutorial here.

13. Drink coasters

You won't believe how easy these are to make.

14. Copper and cement coatrack

This is a cool way to display and store your favorite pieces.

15. Concrete lamp base

This base was made from an empty juice box.

16. Cinder block garden planters

This elevated garden is chic and low-effort.

17. Cheeseboard

This neat project needs to be sealed with a food-safe concrete sealer.

18. Concrete balloon bowls

These are made by pouring concrete over balloons, ultimately producing an ethereal effect.

19. Monogram bookends

Just pick up a few letter molds from the craft store to make these.

20. Kitchen shelves

Not only do these shelves look great, but they can also withstand pretty much anything.

After seeing all of these creations, I suddenly have an itch to head to the hardware store. I think I'll make some concrete bookends first, and then move onto the balloon candle holders. Will you try any of these cement projects at home?

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