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Making Lightweight Hypertufa Planters

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Last summer I made my first set of hypertufa planters.
They have the look of rough cement, but are quite lightweight and they are quite easy to make!

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND ON THE BLOG AT Making Hypertufa Containers
Warning - these are sort of addictive to make. You will find yourself making them in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
UPDATE - I have successfully made a hand! I tried it again after tweaking a few things and it worked this time. You can see it at Hypertufa Hands
  • making lightweight hypertufa planters, container gardening, gardening, succulents, Perlite Sphagnum Peat Moss and Portland Cement and the main ingredients
Perlite, Sphagnum Peat Moss and Portland Cement and the main ingredients.
  • making lightweight hypertufa planters, container gardening, gardening, succulents, I used two disposable items for each planter You will be pouring the mixture between them so you want them to be different sizes
I used two disposable items for each planter.
  • making lightweight hypertufa planters, container gardening, gardening, succulents, Two bowls make a great mold You could also use two boxes
Two bowls make a great mold. You could also use two boxes.
  • making lightweight hypertufa planters, container gardening, gardening, succulents, The mixture poured between the juice container and the pop cup
The mixture poured between the juice container and the pop cup.
  • making lightweight hypertufa planters, container gardening, gardening, succulents, After drying
After drying.
  • making lightweight hypertufa planters, container gardening, gardening, succulents, I tried to make a hand using a glove as the mold Would have been perfect to hold succulents but I haven t perfected that one yet The fingers are too thin and kept breaking off
I also tried to make a hand using a glove as the mold, Would have been perfect to "hold" succulents, but I haven't perfected that one yet. The fingers are too thin and kept breaking off :(
  • making lightweight hypertufa planters, container gardening, gardening, succulents

To see more: http://www.houseofhawthornes.com/2012/05/making-hypertufa-containers.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Apr 11, 2013

    I love hypertufa planters, HOH. Thanks for these directions that make it sound like something I could actually do!

  • Dotdirt
    Dotdirt Garland, TX
    on Apr 11, 2013

    Using small, bendable wires for your hand, or even the planters, would strengthen it greatly. You can bend it into a grid, and any shape you want. It needs to be in the interior of your concrete mixture; Think of rebar used when laying concrete. It allows the structure to flex without breaking.

  • Dotdirt
    Dotdirt Garland, TX
    on Apr 11, 2013

    Now that I think of it, coat hangers are readily available and should work easily.

  • House Of Hawthornes
    House Of Hawthornes Columbus, OH
    on Apr 11, 2013

    @Dotdirt That's a great idea. Coat hangers would act as rebar. I'll post photos if I can get my hands to work out this time.

  • Dotdirt
    Dotdirt Garland, TX
    on Apr 11, 2013

    On the fingers, hook it around at the end; in other words, run two for each finger in a loop. Please let me know if it works! I may buy some from you for my designs; Customers always are looking for cool little structures to add to their gardens.

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