Creative Things to Do With Cinder Blocks

Updated February 21, 2017

Breeze 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 breeze blocks. The more blocks you have, the more ambitious and creative you can be with them.

Miniature Gardens

The holes in breeze blocks are perfect for miniature gardens. Set up a row of breeze 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. Breeze blocks are a good way to control aggressive plants that might otherwise spread into places where you don't want them.


Use breeze 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 colours. The shapes and structures that you can create with breeze blocks are limited only by your imagination. Create towers, spirals, flat patios or stairs. Make images of destruction by smashing breeze blocks and creating rubble-filled scenarios. Incorporate beautiful plants and trees with stark breeze block structures to create dramatic contrasts.


Breeze blocks create strong structures. You can build a creative and useful shelter by using breeze 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 breeze block shelter that can be buried underground. For added strength and to reduce seepage through the walls, build the walls with two layers of breeze 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 breeze 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 breeze 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 breeze blocks. When the water table rises during the wet season, water will collect in all of the spaces in the breeze blocks, and you can pump it out using the pump.

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Jagg Xaxx has been writing since 1983. His primary areas of writing include surrealism, Buddhist iconography and environmental issues. Xaxx worked as a cabinetmaker for 12 years, as well as building and renovating several houses. Xaxx holds a Doctor of Philosophy in art history from the University of Manchester in the U.K.