Making Lightweight Hypertufa Planters

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!

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
Perlite, Sphagnum Peat Moss and Portland Cement and the main ingredients.
I used two disposable items for each planter.
Two bowls make a great mold. You could also use two boxes.
The mixture poured between the juice container and the pop cup.
After drying.
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 :(
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  • Brenda Brenda on Aug 29, 2017
    How durable is the final product? I'm thinking of making pavers for around my fire pit but want to make sure they wouldn't crumble under the weight of people in chairs or walking on them.

  • Reg23518347 Reg23518347 on Apr 16, 2018

    Where do you dispose of the left over mixture? I live in a small but do not know how to dispose of the left over mixture

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  • John John on May 19, 2017
    I also made a flat sheet of hypertufa and when about dry...molded clay consistency....used cookie cutters to cut out stars...also used plaster stencil to create raised patterns on finished planters.

  • Lin Parr Lin Parr on Jul 11, 2017
    These & the hand are awesome!! Very creative! I love the look of concrete & have a few small, shallow planters but they're pretty heavy when they're empty!!
    So a lighter option with the same look would be ideal!👍🏼❣