Friday, August 3, 2012

DIY Hypertufa Pots

Did you know that you can create your own beautiful plant pots by mixing only 4 simple ingredients?

Make them in your own design; individualise them or even sell them at your local market!

These pots are called 'Hypertufa' as it refers to something made of artificial stone.

They are not heavy, they don't break and they weather so well for years to come.

And the great news is that you can use practically any container around the house to create the style and size you want. Make use of those things destined for the recycle bin!

This great idea comes courtesy of Martha Stewart, that very crafty gal! And appeals to my two little crafty girls too who were very keen to give this one a try in our own backyard. It's just so easy!

Supplies you will need:
  • Gloves
  • Container or bucket for mixing
  • Garden Trowel
  • Containers you wish to use as the mold (TIP: make drainage holes in them first)
  • Cooking Spray
  • Sandpaper or brush
  • Piece of dowel or stick (for making drainage holes)

4 Ingredients:

  • Peat Moss
  • Perlite
  • Portland Cement (General Purpose)
  • Water


How to make Hypertufa Pots:

Place equal parts of the first three ingredients into your container. It will be a bit dusty, so just be prepared for that.

Add water, mixing through thoroughly.

We want to consistency to be like cottage cheese and hold together in a clump. Not too wet.

Spray the container you will use as for the molds with the Cooking Spray so that the pots will release when dry.

Place 1/2 inch to 3/4 of an inch at the bottom to start. (If very large, fill thicker - up to 2 inches.)

Once the bottom is firmly packed, start packing up the sides. Pack in tight to get rid of any air pockets.

Optional: Insert a smaller container to help hold the packed the sides. Weigh down with a little sand. Remove the middle container 24 hours later.

Using a piece of dowel, make the drainage holes at the bottom of the container.

Place inside a large plastic bag and allow to cure for two days.

Two days later: Turn up-side-down gently to release from the mold container. Mold may be slightly wet.

To give it a more rustic appearance, use a sponge, sandpaper or brush to rough up the exterior of your new pot.

Let sit for 2-3 weeks to completely dry.


Must see for more information:

☻Check out Martha Stewart's video tutorial here: Martha Stewart's Hypertufa Pots

☻Visit 33 Shades of Green blog for helpful step-by-step pictures.

Here's another great video tutorial to learn how to make Hypertufa Pots...

Happy creating!

1 comment:

  1. Did you get all your supplies from Bunnings - or do you need to go somewhere more specialised for the peat moss and perlite? What kind of things did you use for your moulds?