How about a whole new look for a homemade planter?
Try some draped hypertufa pots. These are cement pots or cement fabric pots made from the same mixture as we make hypertufa, but we make it with extra Portland cement. Since it is being made from a piece of leftover fabric, and will not have 1-2 inch sides as its structure, it needs a strong mix of the Portland cement to be sure it is sturdy.
It is heavier on the Portland cement, and incredibly messy to make, but I am already planning to make more. I have seen some photos on the internet, but nothing with complete directions on how to do it, so I have winged it!
You can use any draping fabric you have lying around. It can be an old towel, a blanket, leftover drapery material, an old light quilt or bedspread.
Best fabric: It seems to be a piece of OLD TOWEL OR A FLEECE BLANKET.
A textured fabric is better, hence the fleece blankets, old towels, etc. It seems to me that the more absorbent the fabric is, the better results you will have. The fabric needs to absorb the cement to be successfully strong and dampening the fabric prior to placing it in the slurry seems to be the best procedure.
You can drill holes in the draped hypertufa pots very easily with a drill after it is cured. Use a masonry bit.
Recipe on this one is heavy on the cement. I would use:
- 1 part Portland cement (I was using a 2 qt pitcher)
- 1/4 part of peat ( about 1 pint)
- a handful of vermiculite and mortar mix depending on how much you want it to be textured
- water, about a 2 qt pitcher as above added slowly as you get it into a slurry or gravy
If you have any problems locating the vermiculite or perlite, here is a source.