My mom has started getting Martha Stewart Living magazine (I think she got a free subscription for some reason or other), so I am very excited because I literally visit Martha’s website everyday for new inspiration, and I think my mom will really like getting the magazine. (I may need to steal them from her when she’s done with them…)
I discovered a really cool project on marthastewart.com a little while ago – making hypertufa pots – that I really wanted to try out. And serendipitously, the project showed up in the first issue of the magazine that my mom got in the mail. I said, MOM! I think we need to make a bunch of these!
Our goal ended up being: make 6 big hypertufa pots to plant 6 arborvitae trees in. Take a look at what we did…
We followed the instructions from the magazine (which is actually slightly different from the directions in the link above). The ingredients are: Portland cement, peat moss, and Perlite.
We used two big plastic tote bins for our molds; they had a nice swirled design and were plenty big for what we wanted.
We started out trying to mix it all up in a plastic bin, but actually ended up transferring that to our wheelbarrow since it was such a big batch. (We mixed equal parts cement, peat moss, perlite and water)
And then all we had to do was pack the mixture into our molds. It didn’t look very pretty on the inside, but the important surface is the outside, so we didn’t worry about it too much – so long as we poked a few drainage holes in the bottom.
After letting the pots set for a couple days wrapped in plastic, my mom popped them out of the molds, and let them dry completely. And here we have the first completed hypertufa pot planted and done!
I love how rustic the pots look, and I think they really coordinate well with the new paver driveway/patio. I like to imagine they’re potted cypress in a Tuscan villa. 🙂
So we still have 4 more pots to make (since we can only make 2 at a time). Now that we’ve done the first ones, I think the rest will be much easier since we know what we’re doing.