10 Functional, Stylish Concrete Projects to Make This Weekend

Use concrete to make beautiful, durable items for inside and outside your home.

Concrete mix is an affordable, durable building material, which makes it perfect for do-it-yourselfers who want to enhance their home without spending much cash or hiring someone to do the job. 

These functional, stylish concrete creations are easy to make and will add character to your home, both indoors and out. 


Flower bed with concrete border in front yard
Concrete lawn borders help divide a space and define flower beds. (©Mariusz Blach, Adobe Stock Photos)

Lawn Borders

Defined outdoor spaces are attractive, and installing concrete lawn borders around flowerbeds and pathways is an easy, affordable way to add curb appeal. 

What’s great about concrete is you can form it to the desired shape, and then you can color or stain it to match your style.

And you won’t find a more durable, long-lasting edging option.

Read: How to Build Concrete Lawn Borders


Making concrete pathway with Quikrete WalkMaker
Making a concrete walkway is easy with Quikrete Walkmaker.

Concrete Path

If you’ve mowed and manicured the lawn, the last thing you want is for people to walk on it. Fortunately, the solution is simple: create a concrete path!

An attractive, patterned walkway is easy to create with Quikrete WalkMaker. Just fill the mold with Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix and water, wait for the mix to harden, and create more stepping stones.

The next time visitors arrive, they will know exactly where to walk. 

Read: Creating a Stepping Stone Path Using Concrete Forms


Concrete block wall
Building a concrete block wall requires careful planning and a little heavy lifting.

Block Wall

Concrete blocks are durable materials for building bins, fences or retaining walls. You could hire someone for the job, but this can be a do-it-yourself project. 

Best of all, the basic steps for building any concrete block wall are the same. So, once you’ve built one, you’ll be ready to build another one, regardless of the use. 

Read: How to Build a Concrete Block Wall


Concrete planters on front brick steps
Dress up your front porch stairs, and add a little color, with these concrete planters.

Planters

Plants and flowers soften any space, especially stairs, which could use additional color, decor and texture. 

Creating and staining concrete planters is the perfect little project to spruce up your front porch. It’s easy, inexpensive and the results will rival anything you could find at a big-box store. 

Read: How to Create Beautiful Concrete Planters


Painted concrete layered stools
These concrete stools can double as ottomans. Choose the use that works with your space.

Stools

Outdoor living often means outdoor sitting. These concrete beauties do double duty, whether you need additional seating for guests or accent tables.

Creating and staining these stools is inexpensive, they take just a few hours over two days to make, and they look great in the backyard.  

Read: How to Create Colorful Concrete Stools


Wide shot of a mahogany desk with a concrete drawer pull, a concrete iPhone stand and a concrete pen cup
Use stylish concrete accessories to tie a room’s look together.

Office Accessories

Good office design serves two goals: it’s attractive and it helps you get work done.  

Designing your workspace with handmade items ties a room’s look together and ignites productivity. Having three DIY creations constantly in your face serves as reminders of what you’ve already achieved.

So grab some Quikrete Countertop Mix — it’s thick and leaves a smooth finish — and make a concrete pen cup, phone stand and drawer pulls.  

Read: Office Design: 3 DIY Projects From 1 Bag of Concrete


Concrete fire bowl with polished stones from the dollar store inside
This fire bowl is an easy, affordable way to bring the charm of a fire pit indoors.

Fire Bowl

Fire pits are popular fixtures for outdoor living spaces, and scaled-down versions look just as great and add instant warmth. 

This concrete fire bowl with rocks adds ambiance and character to any buffet, coffee table or dining space — and warmth during cooler months. 

Place one fire bowl as a focal point or space out several for added atmosphere and instant impact. 

Read: How to Make a Concrete Fire Bowl


Gold concrete coaster
You can make this gold, glam coaster from just one bag of Quikrete concrete mix!

Coasters

Nothing wreaks fast havoc on expensive furniture like unprotected drinks on wooden surfaces. Discoloration, scratches and water stains are common occurrences.

Big-box stores have coasters, but they usually look cheap and lack character. Instead, grab a bag of Quikrete Fast-Setting Concrete Mix and make some! 

This unique conversation piece protects your furniture, shows off your personal style, and adds charm to any living space.

Read: 5 Concrete DIY Projects to Tackle Today 

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