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It's not pottery! It's called Hypertufa. You mix together a few 'ingredients' to create any size or shape pot you'd like! I can imagine these as totally unique gifts or even items to sell. Lots of fun too!
Total Time: Moments to mix but it must CURE a few weeks.
Source: Penn State Extension Service taught a class
I had some extra concrete left over from making my hypertufa pots. So, I built up a mound of dirt and mud in the corner of my yard to use as a mold.
Then I poured the excess concrete into a garbage bag and formed it around the mud mound.
Once I had the shape and thickness I was looking for, I tied off the top of the bag, so the cement wouldn't continue to pool up around the bottom edge.
I had hoped it would come out as a wide shallow pot that I could use for plants or maybe something else. However, I made the mound of dirt too large so the edges of the potential pot fell apart when I pulled it out of the bag.
This is what I ended up with:
I am not 100% sure what to do with it yet but I think it could make a nice bird bath or incorporate it into a water feature of some sort. One thing I can say for sure is that I will be making more of these!
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By Peggy W.
Yes. How do you make them would be great. I would love to try it.
I've seen cute frog houses made from hypertufa, which I'm making next!
How about lawn/garden edging?
A cat tree would be awesome!
Think it's doable?
What is a hypertufa planter?
By Hydrangeas from Laredo, TX
Hypertufa is a combination of concrete/peat moss/vermiculite to make a lightweight material used to form over/around molds to create planters and other containers. There are a few recipes found in web search. I have "planned" on making some for a few years. Now that I am "re-retired" I plan on getting some done. Good luck and be creative!
Hi, Here is a good link on how to make them.
Are the projects made with the hypertufa paintable? Or is it possible to add a colorant to the mix?
It is possible to use water based acrylic or latex paints. You can also use a water based sealant. They can be added directly to your mixture.
This is a page about making hypertufa stepping stones. Hypertufa can be prepared and molded into a variety of garden enhancements, including stepping stones.
Hypertufa is made by mixing Portland cement, perlite or vermiculite, with sphagnum peat moss, and water. It can be used to make durable planters in endless shapes and sizes. This is a page about making hypertufa planters.