Creative Things to Do With Cinder Blocks


Cinder blocks are a standard building material that usually don't draw too much attention from creative people. This doesn't mean that there aren't numerous creative things that you can do with cinder blocks. The more blocks you have, the more ambitious and creative you can be with them.

Miniature Gardens

  • The holes in cinder blocks are perfect for miniature gardens. Set up a row of cinder blocks on a patio or somewhere in your yard, with the holes in the block situated vertically. Fill the spaces with good potting soil and plant seeds in them. You can grow small herbs this way, or climbing and spreading plants that will grow over the edges of the block and beautify your property. Cinder blocks are a good way to control aggressive plants that might otherwise spread into places where you don't want them.


  • Use cinder blocks to create large and imposing artworks. You can stack them without mortar for temporary installations, or make permanent structures by mortaring the blocks together. Beautify the blocks by painting them in bright colors. The shapes and structures that you can create with cinder blocks are limited only by your imagination. Create towers, spirals, flat patios or stairs. Make images of destruction by smashing cinder blocks and creating rubble-filled scenarios. Incorporate beautiful plants and trees with stark cinder block structures to create dramatic contrasts.


  • Cinder blocks create strong structures. You can build a creative and useful shelter by using cinder blocks to make strong walls. A shelter can be built on the ground or, if you're ambitious and worried about bombs, you can dig a very large hole and build a cinder block shelter that can be buried underground. For added strength and to reduce seepage through the walls, build the walls with two layers of cinder blocks separated by a space. This will reduce heat transfer through the walls and prevent condensation on the inside surfaces of your shelter walls.

Underground Water Storage

  • If you have a large number of cinder blocks that you're trying to find a use for, you can create an underground space for storing water. Dig a hole that's the size of all of your cinder blocks and bury them with their holes positioned horizontally. Install a hand pump with a pipe that runs down to the bottom of the pile of cinder blocks. When the water table rises during the wet season, water will collect in all of the spaces in the cinder blocks, and you can pump it out using the pump.

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