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Learn How to Make This Lightweight Hypertufa Planter

Make your own lightweight, stone-look planter with this simple DIY project. This hypertufa trough is perfect for container gardening and would be at home on any patio or porch.

Written by Sherri Ribbey
Hypertufa How-To
Project courtesy of Garden Gate Magazine
The rough, craggy surface of a stone trough provides beautiful texture on your deck or patio. The problem is that these gorgeous planters can be hard to find, expensive and very heavy. Instead of blowing your budget and your back, make a hypertufa trough like the one above. It gives you the same gorgeous look, weighs less and is a fraction of the cost. You can get all the materials in the list from the local hardware store. Follow along with the steps to make this 14-inch-square-by-6-inch-tall traditional trough. Then turn the page to see how to finish it off and find a few twists on hypertufa containers.


  • Equal amounts of perlite, Portland cement and peat moss
  • Water
  • 1-in.-thick foam insulation board
  • 12 2¾-in. nails
  • 1-in.-diameter dowel or PVC
  • Duct tape
  • Wooden board
  • Sheet of plastic large enough to cover project


  • Craft knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Disposable plastic gloves for mixing
  • Garden gloves for texture work
  • Mask (for mixing dry ingredients)
  • Cement mixing tray
  • Mortar trowel
  • Wire brush

Hypertufa How-To

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