A Dozen Projects You Never Knew You Could Do with 1 Bag of Concrete

Take your do-it-yourself talents to a new level of cool with any of these fun, functional pieces. There's something here for every skill level, and each project takes only a bag of concrete!

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  1. Get Inspired

    Get Inspired

    If your space could use some special new accent pieces and you’re craving a different kind of creative outlet, look no further than a single bag of concrete. You read us right! DIYers just like you have discovered how concrete can mix things up for the coolest, cleverest furniture and home goods ever. Need some inspiration? Check out these 12 impressive projects that the folks at Quikrete have recognized as exceptional entrants in their One Bag Wonder contest, which is now in its third year.

    Maybe you'll be so inspired by other people’s prize-worthy wonders that you'll want to knock out an original entry of your own and submit it by June 4 for a chance to win $2,500—plus a whole bunch of bragging rights. So get clicking to learn what stylish, useful stuff you can create with a bag of concrete—and a little ingenuity, of course!


  2. Turn the Tables

    Turn the Tables

    Inspired by legendary architect Félix Candela, this sculptural coffee table features a sexy saddle-shaped base. After fashioning a two-piece foam mold and adding wire mesh for reinforcement, the DIYer poured in concrete and let it cure. The result is a strong, aerodynamic structure you can top with any flat surface that suits your decor.

    quikrete.com via Conor Coghlan

  3. Desktop Icon

    Desktop Icon

    Forget that old coffee mug! Keep writing utensils in easy reach with a pencil holder made just for them. This sinuous piece boasts a curved boat and a stand, though you may want to tweak the size and design to store kitchen tools, paintbrushes, knitting needles, crochet hooks...you name it!

    quikrete.com via Elizabeth Park

  4. Baker's Delight

    Baker's Delight

    Rather than toss a rusted old pan, this DIYer used it as a mold for the top of a concrete cake stand. Tip: For easy unmolding, line the pan with plastic wrap before pouring in Quikrete. A repurposed candlestick forms the base of this stand—what will you use?

    quikrete.com via Leilani Carrasco on Instagram

  5. Magic Lamp

    Magic Lamp

    Here's a pipe lamp that strikes the perfect balance between industrial and elegant. The shade and base are made of concrete while the body was built from metal pipe. This designing DIYer went with basic black and a retro bulb, but maybe you'll have another sort of light-bulb moment when you tackle the project!

    quikrete.com via Seth Hunt

  6. Drink to That!

    Drink to That!

    After fashioning legs out of cedar boards, this craftsman made a mold for the concrete top of this wine table, adding a six-inch PVC cap to the center to hold bottles. He then inserted the base while the Quikrete was still wet and, after it cured, finished the top with beige grout for contrast.


  7. Door Decor

    Door Decor

    The most rugged doormat ever is fashioned out of concrete discs formed using paper molds and then woven together with braided hollow rope. Tip: Trace a tin can as a guide to make your molds—or if discs don’t do it for you, pick another shape. Then, connect the discs together with rope and fray the edges. Ta-da!

    quikrete.com via Ananda

  8. Tanks a Lot!

    Tanks a Lot!

    The winner of Quikrete’s debut One Bag Wonder contest in 2016, this ingenious toilet tank sink routes (perfectly clean!) water to the faucet every time you flush. Not only stylish and sturdy, the savvy hand-washing device will conserve about a gallon of water per person per day.

    quikrete.com via Mike Moyer

  9. Invisible, Not Impossible

    Invisible, Not Impossible

    As sophisticated as it is spectral, this ghost table took top honors in Quikrete’s 2017 One Bag Wonder competition. Instead of building a mold, the brilliant DIYer soaked a swath of canvas in a mixture of Quikrete and cement polymer, then simply draped it over a table and let it dry. Talk about boo-tiful!

    quikrete.com via Joey Eddington

  10. Special Delivery

    Special Delivery

    Neither snow nor rain nor, well, you name it will beat this concrete mailbox down! A mold of particle board and plastic sheeting formed the rugged-yet-artful arch, which was then perched over a standard mailbox on a wooden post. But this is just one take on a cement mailbox—you can put your unique stamp on your own design.

    quikrete.com via Ian Stewart

  11. Hub It Out

    Hub It Out

    Tech gets tough with a USB hub made of cast concrete that lets you power up a trio of devices at once. The best part? Unlike flimsy hubs, this one's heavy enough to let users unplug cables one-handed. This DIYer's design is reminiscent of a worn river rock, but yours can take any shape that strikes your fancy.

    quikrete.com via 2B Studio

  12. Hand Stand

    Hand Stand

    Pour some Quikrete into a work glove, prop it up while it cures, and what do you get? A helping hand, of course! The DIYer who concocted this piece likes to use it in the kitchen, where it holds the phone to display recipes while she cooks. What will your "hand-some" sculpture do?

    quikrete.com via Catie Chiro

  13. Get Potted

    Get Potted

    Brown thumbs of the world, rejoice! But first, fashion molds for this two-part Self-Watering Planter—a reservoir for water on the bottom and a pot for greenery on top. Fill with Quikrete and, when it has set, drill two holes in the pot and insert a rope wick to deliver H2O to your plant.

    quikrete.com via Evan & Katelyn Sheline

  14. Try It On for Yourself

    Try It On for Yourself

    Now that you’re into the swing of crafting with concrete, why not submit an original entry to the One Bag Wonder contest? The top three winners will snag cash prizes, plus a free trip to Charleston, South Carolina, to see their pieces displayed at the Haven Conference. You must enter by the June 4 deadline, so get your ideas percolating and the Quikrete pouring!


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