DIY Concrete Salt & Pepper Pinch Bowls

When you need a little extra spice in your life, reach for these easy and colorful DIY pinch bowls.


  • 2 empty 1-quart milk cartons
  • Vaseline
  • 1 disposable container (for mixing concrete)
  • Paintbrush
  • 2 small plastic cups
  • Small bag fast-setting concrete
  • Water
  • Paint (colors of your choosing)


  1. Cut down milk cartons to just above desired height. (I like to do two different heights.)
  2. Brush the insides of the milk cartons and the outsides of the small plastic cups with Vaseline. Set aside.
  3. Mix together fast-drying concrete with water (according to package instructions), until the mixture has a creamy soup consistency.
  4. Fill the milk containers with concrete to about 1 inch from the top. Slowly push the oiled cup into position. Add rocks to weigh it down to hold the cup in place. Let the concrete cure for at least eight hours.
  5. When the concrete is solid, remove the cup and carefully peel away the milk container. Cut a plastic cup to fit flush inside the hole and fill with salt and pepper. Paint or dip … and voila!