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

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    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

    Quikrete onebagwonder sculpturaltable

    quikrete.com via Conor Coghlan

    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.

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    Quikrete onebagwonder pencilholder

    quikrete.com via Elizabeth Park

    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!

  4. Baker's Delight

    Quikrete onebagwonder cakestand

    quikrete.com via Leilani Carrasco on Instagram

    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?

  5. Magic Lamp

    Quikrete onebagwonder pipelamp

    quikrete.com via Seth Hunt

    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!

  6. Drink to That!

    Concrete patio tabletop with quikrete


    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

    Concrete doormat made with quikrete

    quikrete.com via Ananda

    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!

  8. Tanks a Lot!

    Quikrete onebagwonder toilettanksink

    quikrete.com via Mike Moyer

    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.

  9. Invisible, Not Impossible

    Quikrete onebagwonder ghosttable

    quikrete.com via Joey Eddington

    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!

  10. Special Delivery

    Quikrete onebagwonder mailboxcover

    quikrete.com via Ian Stewart

    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.

  11. Hub It Out

    Quikrete onebagwonder usbhub

    quikrete.com via 2B Studio

    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.

  12. Hand Stand

    Quikrete onebagwonder hand

    quikrete.com via Catie Chiro

    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?

  13. Get Potted

    Quikrete onebagwonder selfwateringplanters

    quikrete.com via Evan & Katelyn Sheline

    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.

  14. Try It On for Yourself

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    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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