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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?

  • Karen Lynn @Lil' Suburban Homestead

    I saw this done on a Martha Stewart show and I never could figure it out but I think I can do this :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Judy Hildebrant
    Judy Hildebrant Chicago, IL

    For a "mix" I know you say 1 part sand,1 part perlite, and 1 1/2 part cement , but approximately how much do you use? Is it 2 cups of mixture to 3 cups of cement? I've got the ratio down, but how much to make say a small planter?

  • Janet Botten

    When using vermiculite or perlite, make sure the product you're using is horticultural grade. Both vermiculite and perlite are used by the building trades and have been treated with chemicals that kill plants and aren't good for humans, either.

  • LIZ
    LIZ Sonoma, CA

    This is so gorgeous I won't share it on pinterest or anywhere! :) I can't wait to try. Thanks so much!

  • Janettey
    Janettey Mesa, AZ

    Maybe you can use the broken hand and fingers for Halloween!

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