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Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers


This tutorial is from a few years ago, but it's a goodie!  These concrete flowers are inexpensive to make, and look stunning when they're done.  They look like carved stone, and are really elegant. You can use them to make a wall hanging, or a sculpture.  I used mine as a garden accent, and nestled them into my potted plants. It's a pretty messy project, and is a good one to do outdoors for easier cleanup.


  • Cement mix - I picked this particular brand because it sets quickly and comes in a small box
  • Old paintbrush that can be ruined
  • Thrift store flowers - not too fluffy, and something with structure, like roses.
  • Wire - I used 16 gauge.
  • Hot glue
  • 3 or more disposable containers - plastic cups work well. I use the bottom halves of milk cartons
  • Popsicle stick or something disposable to use for mixing cement
  • Aluminum foil

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step 1: Cover your work area with aluminum foil to make cleanup easy. Pull off the stem that came on your flower. Replace the stem with a length of heavy wire, and hot glue it in place. Step 2: Mix your cement. Use roughly ⅓ cup of water with 1 cup of cement, and mix with a wooden stick. You’re looking for the consistency of melted ice cream. Not too watery, but still runny enough to be able to pick it up with your paint brush.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step 3: Use your paintbrush to begin coating petals toward the center of the flower. Get the front and back of the petals, and down into the center a bit. Don’t be too detailed with this - it’s just a base coat so that the next coat has something to grab onto. Don’t coat the outer petals yet, just focus on the center area. Step 4: Holding the flower by the stem, turn it upside down, and put a coat down around the stem (and calyx if your flower has one.)  Again, don't coat the outer petals yet.  Having just this center part done will give them support so they don't get floppy later on.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step 5: Bend the wire stem into a hook and hang it up somewhere to dry with some foil beneath to catch any drips.  I used the shower curtain rod in the bathroom.  If you're working outside, a dowel supported by two chairs will do the trick.  Let it hang there for about 30 minutes.  It may not be totally dry, but just a little rigid is good enough to continue.  Don't forget to wash out your brush while you wait. Step 6: Mix a new batch of cement. Go ahead now and coat the outer petals, being gentle with your previous work.  

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Step7: Flip the flower upside down and coat the underside again. Hang it up to dry. Step 8: So the whole flower should have a dry base coat now. Mix a new batch of cement and give the flower a total coating. Hang up to dry overnight. You can repeat this step if you choose - just get the flower as thick as you’d like it.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

And here they are totally hardened:

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

Really pretty, right?! I also coated the leftover leaves to make a little wreath.    To do this, use short segments of leaves, and give them extended wire stems before you coat them.  This way, you can just wire them together from the back after they are hardened.

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

And here's a candle ring!  Wouldn't that look just lovely with a pillar candle inside?

Tutorial: DIY Concrete Flowers

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and will try making some concrete flowers of your own.  As always, if you love it, share it!

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  • Joyce Stewart: September 07, 2020

    Can you use other artifical flowers beside roses?

  • Joyce Stewart: September 07, 2020

    Can you use other artifical flowers beside roses?

  • Crystal Fisher: March 27, 2020

    You can find the cement used in this tutorial on the Walmart website. The box labels have been updated. But, the product should be the same. I ordered mine an have received it. Can’t wait to try this myself. Yes, I wish we could see photos of everyone’s roses that they make. That was a great idea!

  • Lyn: February 13, 2020

    You can definitely color them with acrylic paint or even cement paint like the ones we use to paint walls etc. Ever spray paint works well. Hosts leaves can be used as a mould place them on a mound of damp sand keep the veins side up and pour the cement. For extra strength use a few pieces of wire in between two layers of cement.

  • Charlotte Blackburn: June 21, 2019

    I love these and I love you for sharing this easy way to make concrete flowers!
    I downloaded a few other concrete flowers without any description on how to make them. They are much larger than the flowers shown here.
    Do you have any more tutorials on making concrete flowers that are larger? Thank you

  • Yvonne Szakallos: May 20, 2019

    Where does one by the type of cement you recommend please?

  • Anna Coco: January 11, 2019

    can’t wait to try this

  • Robyn fulton: May 25, 2018

    I am at my daughters place in Arizona from Australia just love your ideas regards Robyn

  • Deanna Snyder: April 30, 2018

    The grey is okay, but I’m thinking it could be dazzled with glitter spray paint, etc.! Oh the possibilities!

  • Sandra: February 21, 2018

    Great project, I would like to know if the cement can be colored of if I can give the cement a little outline of a color afterwards. What do you think?

  • Frank Novak: February 02, 2018

    I have done this with Plaster, But I like your “grainy” look. I just got some Artisan Cement, Clay based concrete, so this is my next project.

  • Karen : January 25, 2018

    Lovely will try when it is warmer out

  • DonnaBetta: October 13, 2017

    OMG I am looking forward to trying this with my Neice. Thank you!!!!

  • never fore: June 21, 2017

    that’s a wonderful piece of art l’m going to try it here in zimbabwe

  • Cindy: June 17, 2017

    Do you think this would work with real plants like hosts leaves for instance?

  • Jessie: June 09, 2017

    Very clever, and I work with cement for crafts alot. Can’t wait to try it.

    Jessie @

  • Crystal Ivy: June 05, 2017

    I’m impressed with your project. I’d like to try making a rose, too. I wish you had a spot where everyone could post a picture of the rose that they made. That would be a nice tough… I signed up!

  • Mary Lee: May 08, 2017

    Good idea, well written instructions and you inspired me to try. want to use them on cheap, painted urns.

  • JOCELYNE COTE GINGRAS: April 30, 2017

    thank you all for those ideas wow

  • D Peterson: April 12, 2017

    Thank you for the great idea. I used it to decorate this cement pot I made.

  • Diana: March 23, 2017

    I have some left- over cement from another project….I am going to try this. Perfect for outside in the garden.

  • Martine: February 27, 2017

    Thanks for the idea and tutorial, going to try it…

  • Carol: October 17, 2016

    Very clever, and I work with cement for crafts alot. Can’t wait to try it.

  • coweja: October 08, 2016

    beautiful, just amazing craft. Thank you

  • Dzabel: October 08, 2016

    I was gonna make one of these, and came across your post through google and pinterest.

  • Mike: September 27, 2016

    Very ingenious! I am very impressed and will try it.

  • steve b: August 10, 2016

    Thanks for showing this! I have been trying to figure out a way to make concrete flowers that I can leave outside in the elements. I live in Arizona, so this will work well!! Do you think regular cement (not the quick dry type you used) will work just as well?

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