Re-think what you can do with cement this Valentine’s Day courtesy of Builders…


Add more love onto your table by creating the cutest little table favours, bring them to life by planting mini cactus or succulents.


Here’s what you’ll need: Cement; Builder’s sand; Water; Bucket; Latex gloves; Mould; Mini cacti and succulents. Combine the above with enthusiasm to channel your inner DYI-self and you will be a step closer to adding more love on your table.


Below are a few easy steps to create your perfect feature:

  1. Wear latex gloves and mix equal parts of cement and sand in a bucket. Add water in small increments and mix well.


Tip: The cement should be the consistency of dough

  1. Press a little cement mixture in the bottom of the mould. Place the plant in its container on top of the cement and fill the surrounding space with cement. Pressing it into the mould – be careful of the thorns!
  2. Tap the sides of the mould to remove bubbles in the cement. Leave to dry for at least 48 hours.
  3. Take the hardened cement shape out of the mould.


You can take it a step further and add colour to your creation!


About Builders

Builders forms part of Massmart Holdings Limited under the registered business name of Massbuild Pty Ltd. There are four complementary brands namely Builders Warehouse, Builders Express, Builders Trade Depot and Builders Superstore. Collectively these brands offer the largest range of quality products and services for the small to large building and maintenance contractor, home improvement and DIY enthusiast as well as garden or any other DIY related projects. The stores have convenient trading hours and locations and offer the largest range of quality products and services under one roof at competitive prices. Builders Warehouse follows the big box or warehouse retail format and trades out of stores across South Africa, one store in Zambia, two stores in Botswana and three stores in Mozambique. Builders Express now trades out of 44 stores in four provinces catering to the home owner and DIY enthusiast. Builders Trade Depot operates 16 outlets catering mostly for medium to large sized contractors and tradesmen engaged in building, maintenance and renovation projects. Builders Superstore is a new store format that opened its first two stores in November 2013 in Tembisa and Evaton which is aimed at homes in townships, rural and developing urban areas as well as small contractors. The chain currently trades out of 10 stores.

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