Color Concrete Garden Projects

Make Your Own Planters, Furniture, and Fire Pits Using Creative Techniques and Vibrant Finishes


By Nathan Smith

By Michael Snyder

Photographs by Charles Coleman

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A Library Journal Best Crafts & DIY Book of 2015 

Incorporating concrete design into a home garden can now be easily achieved by any do-it-yourself enthusiast! Concrete furniture and containers add style and personality to outdoor spaces, and the addition of color makes these objects even more eye-catching. These trendy pieces can cost thousands of dollars at garden centers and furniture stores, but they can also be made affordably at home. In this hands-on guide, concrete artisans Nathan Smith and Michael Snyder offer basic information on how to mix concrete and add color using dyes, paints, and inlaid materials. The twenty step-by-step projects include small items, like a candle holder with an old-world feel and a simple stacked-ring planter, and larger pieces, like an elegant bike rack and a beautiful fire pit that is the perfect gathering place for friends and family.


  • “Concrete is not just for building construction—there are so many more possibilities. Smith and Snyder have compiled a focused collection of DIY projects taking advantage of colored concrete, including planters, ornamental pieces, and furniture. The step-by-step illustrations are fantastic and highly detailed; the projects are unique; and materials and molds are easily obtained.” —Library Journal

    “This book has taken concrete projects to a new high. . . . A true standout—superior instructions and innovative design and use of pigment. A must for any DIY collection.” —Library Journal starred review

    “Those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the maker sphere are likely to love Color Concrete Garden Projects.” —The Denver Post

    “Concrete is the perfect medium for outdoor crafts. It is versatile and durable, and it looks even better with time. Add the element of color, and you have a recipe for vibrant, modern outdoor decor. In Color Concrete Garden Projects, you will discover countless ways you can craft with color and concrete.” —Michigan Gardener 

On Sale
Oct 20, 2015
Page Count
206 pages
Timber Press

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

About the Author

Nathan Smith has a BBA in business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. He started his journey with concrete in the form of countertops for his own home. The material was fascinating and the medium was too much to resist. Since its formation in 2007, Set in Stone has slowly assembled a team of talented and creative individuals. They all consider themselves a part of a concrete evolution, using the seemingly limitless material to enrich lives ultimately through the creative process. He resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He feels at home in the shop, on a bike in the woods, and especially hanging out with his family.

Michael Snyder is an artisan craftsman with a background in sculpture and carpentry. He works at Set in Stone, a concrete design company with a focus on making beautiful useful objects. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Charles Coleman is a photographer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with over nine years in the field. His works are fostered from a desire to express stories through mediums ranging from tintype photography to video documentary. Visit for more information.

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