How to Make Hypertufa Planter Pots (Part 2)

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Once I mixed the hypertufa recipe up, I let it sit for about 5 minutes as the components sucked up the water.  At this point, I grabbed two boxes I had lying around.  One was kind of big and long, so I figured I’d make a trough planter using this box as a simple mold.  The second box would then be placed inside to act as the inner mold (where the potting soil and plants would eventually go).

I sprayed the inside of the larger box and the outside of the smaller box with Pam cooking spray, to act as a mold release once I am ready to de-mold the pot.  I then took a shovel full of the hypertufa gunk and placed it in the bottom of the big box–careful to pack it about one inch thick and place a small hole at the bottom for drainage.

After that, I placed the smaller box inside the larger one, and proceeded to fill all four side of the space with hypertufa.  At the end, I used the end of a 2×4 to tamp the mixture down and level it all within the space.

Then, I place a plastic bag over the top and set it in a shady spot to dry for 24 hours.

Next, I’ll post some photos of the finished planter trough.

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Jason Sipe is an artist, craftsman and writer. He has spent the last 20 years working in the art and media fields. He now turns to this blog and helping others learn about creating art as his main focus.