|Hypertufa planters made by me with the assistance with my nephews.|
|Getting ready to make some pots.|
|The stuff you'll need.|
• Portland cement
• Peat moss
You can get these at your local big box home store for about $20-25 total. This will be enough to make about three thousand planters and that’s only a slight exaggeration. This is a great project to do with a group.
|Frank Borman the cat tried to get in on the action, too.|
Mold (box, pot, planter, etc.)
Small dowel or straw
Acrylic fibers for large planters (I did not use these)
Plastic container for scooping & measuring (like a cool whip container)
Step 1: Wrap your mold in a plastic bag, fully covering the area that will be touched by the hypertufa. If your mold is plastic, spray it with cooking spray. The hypertufa will stick to other surfaces and you will not be able to unmold it if it is not covered.
|The mold, a cardboard box, is covered with a plastic bag.|
Step 2: Mix 2 parts Portland cement, 3 parts perlite and 3 parts peat moss with enough water to make a mixture with an oatmeal-like consistency. I mixed it with my hands while wearing rubber gloves.
|Make sure you work wearing gloves.|
|After building the bottom, start building up the sides.|
|Make a big mess, it's more fun that way!|
|Planted with cactus and succulents.|