Save your plastic containers your plants come in and use them as molds to make beautiful hypertufa planters.
Every spring, we end up with many plastic pots that plants we purchased came in. We usually recycle them but this year, I saw an opportunity to make some new planters. A Meyer lemon we bought had come in a nice hex shaped plastic planter and I thought it would make a great hypertufa mold.
Mix the concrete in the bucket by combining 2 parts Portland cement with 3 parts each of the perilite and sphagnum peat moss. Then add water and stir until the consistency is such that when you squeeze it a very small amount of water seep out. It will look like this:
For more detailed concrete mixing instructions, see my previous post about making hypertufa pots:http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf85126410.tip.html
I had high hopes for being able to reuse this container to make more hex shaped planters but unfortunately I broke the plastic removing the mold. As you can see it came out very nicely and for now, is one of a kind!
By Jess from Hillsboro, OR
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These easy to make, naturally porous hypertufa concrete pots are a great addition to any garden. We used recycled containers for our molds but you can use almost anything to create unusual planters or yard art.
Hypertufa planters are easy to make and by using old planters as molds, makes them inexpensive to make. Check out how by watching this short video.