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.
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?