cinder block planter bar

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This looks really cool and easy to make. Perfect for a deck or patio – of even a small space! Details from Design*Sponge:

cinder block planter bar

I have a soft spot in my heart for cinder blocks — I consider them the closest thing to Legos for adults, and I get really excited when people use them in cool ways. I’ve seen many cinder block planters, which is understandable: The combination of gray cement and green herbs and succulents is lovely. Inspired by a cinder block planter project she saw on Apartment Therapy, Kristin decided to expand on the idea and incorporate more salvaged elements to create an outdoor bar. The mix of materials and colors is pretty and unexpected, and I love the idea that if you plant herbs in the blocks, you can simply reach down to add a sprig of something to your cocktails. Nicely done, Kristin! — Kate

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Time: 2 days

Cost: under $50 (including all supplies and plants)

Basic Steps: First was creating the optimum layout to make a structurally sound base that would support the addition of the wood top. Once the layout was determined and glued, it was fairly easy to secure the hardware cloth, landscape cloth and plant as you would any other planter. The concrete blocks are standard from Home Depot, and the adhesive is SikaBond Professional Construction Adhesive.

My advice is to find an adhesive that works for you. I highly suggest a landscape adhesive if you decide to try a different brand. We tried multiple and only had success with the landscape adhesive. Ours is compact enough that with the addition of the adhesive, we did not need any additional internal support. If you decide to go wider or taller, I would definitely consider some rebar. — Kristin

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