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DIY: How to Make Concrete (Hypertufa) Planters

DIY: Hypertufa Planters
DIY: Hypertufa PlantersMasooo/ Wikimedia Commons

Concrete planters show off any plant with style, unfortunately they can be expensive to buy and are difficult to move because of their weight. You can create your own concrete planters for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the weight, too.

Choosing and Preparing Containers

  • Decide on the shape and appearance you are looking for. You will need two containers of the same shape, but different sizes. Plastic bowls, buckets, and bins are good choices. These two containers should fit inside one another. This is your mold for your new concrete planter.
  • Coat the outside of the smaller container and the inside of the larger container with cooking oil or spray. This will allow your new planter to slip out of the mold easily.

Mixing the Cement

  • Mix equal parts of cement, peat moss, and perlite with enough water to create the consistency of cake batter.
  • Don't be afraid to get creative and add other lightweight objects. Tiny plastic beads, shells, or even twigs and seedpods will add a bit of style and color to your creation.
  • For a more dramatic effect, you can purchase cement colorants that you add to the concrete mixture before pouring. Cement colorant is inexpensive and comes in a variety of colors. Some have reported success with using left over tempura paints to color concrete.

Molding the Planter

  • Pour the mixture into the larger container until it is about half filled.
  • Insert the second container and push it down leaving at least 1 inch of the mixture between the bottom of the small container and the larger container.
  • Center the second container and pour the remaining cement mixture between the two containers.
  • Smooth the top with a disposable wooden spoon or paint stirrer.
  • Leave the containers overnight to allow the concrete to set properly.
  • Unmold the new planter by removing the smaller container and then turning the larger container over. The planter should slip out easily. Your new concrete planter is ready to use.

Using Your Concrete Planter

  • Add chards of a broken plant pot or a few rocks at the bottom for drainage before filling with it potting soil. A upside down small plastic bowl with a few holes in it (or old plastic plant pots) can be used instead.
  • Fill your planter with lightweight potting soil and add your plants. You have created a concrete planter that is lightweight and easy to move.

These concrete planters are easy to make, allow you to customize the look and feel by adding your own lightweight objects to reflect the color and style of your décor, and are inexpensive. Once you have created your first concrete planter, your friends will be begging you to make one for them too.

Originally published on Yahoo Contributor's Network