How to Make Hypertufa Pots

Learn how to easily make affordable outdoor planters using hypertufa. Find the complete instructions for making your own hypertufa pots at

Hypertufa pots are easy to make and even easier on your budget. Planters can cost a lot, so why not make your own by using hypertufa. It is a mix of one part portland cement, one part peat moss, one part perlite or vermiculate and one part water.

Wear gloves and a mask when making hypertufa pots. Start by mixing all the dry ingredients together, tossing out any large pieces that will not break apart. Add water a little at a time so it does not get too soupy. Add and mix until you get a consistency similar to cottage cheese.

Spray your mold really well with cooking spray. Press the hypertufa into the mold. For a more finished looking center, use a smaller container in the middle, spraying the outside well with cooking spray. To add a texture, add bubble wrap or a carpet pad in the mold, spray it, and add your hypertufa.

Once your mold is packed, tap the outside with a rubber mallet to release bubbles. Cover the planter with a plastic bag for at least 24 hours. Then twist out the center of the mold. If the center is still wet, replace the mold and let sit for another 24 hours. Then remove from the mold. Wait 3 weeks before planting anything in the hypertufa planter.
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21 Replies to “How to Make Hypertufa Pots”

  1. if you follow this recipe your pot WON'T look like the ones in the photos in this video. It will look like the one that the actress made. The other pots had aggregates other that peat moss and vermiculite in them. Looks like maybe pea gravel?

  2. The method of harvesting peat moss isn't eco friendly, it destroys entire ecosystems, housing tons of species just for the sake of some flowerpot. And I don't think tree ferns are a good option either because most are harvested using environment-damaging methods as well.

  3. Mam.. use Hot water while taking out the dried concrete pot… Hot water makes plastic outer basket to expand.. so than concrete pot easily comes out…

  4. Totally a Restoration Hardware dupe idea. I want to do it so I can say HYPERTUFA again and again. : )

  5. If you want to make it more durable, In addition to pearlite, peat moss and cement, add 1 part sand as well. Sand gives it more of a stone look too.
    Also, during the curing time keep it wet covered in a plastic. That gives it maximum strength.
    If you plan on carving it before it gets too hard, which I do, Sift through your peat moss to get out any large chunks and sticks.

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