If you’ve been paying attention to interior (and exterior) trends, then you’ll know that upcycling Moroccan concrete tiles are all the rage right now. The beauty of creating other purposes for your tiles means there’s little wastage – a win-win! But what if you don’t have the budget to purchase some heavy quality cement tiles featuring stunning designs? Well, there’s another way of getting the look for less –read on to find out how!

What you’ll need

To do this DIY project you will need the following tools:

Scissors
Ruler
Tape measure
Hammer
Saw or jigsaw
Pencil
Paint brush
Glue or wallpaper adhesive
Varnish
Sandpaper
Nails

In addition, these materials will be needed :

Wood (Furniture board) cut into five 20 x 20 cm squares
Wallpaper (we used this Moroccan style wallpaper for our project)
Paint (chalk paint works well)

Cost, time and difficulty

The approximate costs of these materials is around £35. It’s a great project to do If you already have some wood lying around, and you want some funky wallpaper that you can reuse again (perhaps for an upcycling project!) It should take you around half a day to complete, depending on your level of experience.

Step 1

Measure up the wood to create either a rectangular or square box.

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Use some wood adhesive to initially bond the two wood pieces together, then use nails to attach the base of the plant pot to the sides.

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Step 2

Lightly sand the edges (to avoid splinters!) then give the plant pot two coats of paint and leave it to dry overnight. In order to achieve that trendy concrete look, we used a grey chalk paint.

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Step 3

Draw around the sides of the plant pot onto the wallpaper (with a pencil), so that you have a guide to cut out the shape. You’ll then want to reduce this by a few millimeters on each side. This way, when you cut out the wallpaper, there remains a border of grey around the ‘cement’ tile – it makes it look more authentic!

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Step 4

Once you’ve centrally positioned the wallpaper onto each side of the plant pot and glued the pieces down, you can opt to varnish it to preserve it for longer. This is especially useful if you’re displaying it in a bathroom, as it will likely be exposed to moisture. Tip: make sure you are in a well-ventilated area if you’re using a spray varnish!

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All that’s left to do is buy a nice plant to put inside it!

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And here’s the finished result! We chose to display this Moroccan cement tile inspired plant pot in the bathroom.

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We hope you enjoyed this article and it gives you some inspiration to add some Moroccon cement tiled themed additions to your bathroom. Still feeling handy? Why not try your hand at DIYing some more decor with our tutorials on how to build a pegboard, or a hanging side table!

 

This article was written by our guest blogger Lauretta from Home and Horizon. She shares thrifty tips and deals on interiors and travel and believes it’s all about cutting costs – not corners!

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