Hypertufa on a Pedestal-The-Hypertufa-Gardener

Putting Tufa On A Pedestal!

Elevated Hypertufa Pots Look Great!

 I really like my hypertufa pots and want to give them all due respect in the garden, so why not put it on a pedestal!  Literally and figuratively!  Let’s do it!  This is what I have done.  If you want your hypertufa bowl raised on a pedestal, it is so easy to make one!

Double Decker Pedestal

I love the raised look of my hypertufa planters, especially when I set them into a bed of other plants and need to raise them up above the other foliage so that they are more on display.  I could make do with the planter on a brick or something, which works out fine in some places. 

But these pedestals elevate ( such a clever pun!) the look, I think.

Extra Ring Pedestal

As the bed of plants grows fuller and higher, I can insert a ring made of hypertufa and then as the plants grow higher and larger, I can even add a second “ring” and pull the hypertufa pot up even further.

buff hypertufa bowl planted with colorful succulents

You can use different size rings for this too. Larger on the bottom and smaller toward the top, depending on how high the pedestal becomes.

How do I make the Pedestal?

Mold for Ring Pedestals

Just use your hypertufa mixture and form it into a mold in the shape of a ring. And old bundt cake pan, an angel food cake pan, or for a really large one,  an oil-draining pan. These all make a nice ring to support your planter. Small ones or large ones, any size will come in handy at some point.

This hypertufa bowl pictured below is the broken planter that I wrote about here.  It is doing fine in the shade garden and holding together very well .  My kintsugi bowl means a lot to me.

Broken & repaired Pot On Pedestal


The colors or dyes that you put in the hypertufa mix can be used in this mix also and can be complementary, or the ring can be left cement colored and then just blend and grow moss in the beds. As you can see, I can stack one upon the other to get a more elevated look.

Under the Fire Pit Saucer

This is the underside of the  bowl of my Fire Pit Hypertufa Planter. The fire pit bowl is sitting upon a very large one. This pedestal used here is the large one made using the mold of  the oil pan draining thing from the garage. It was very large and had the center raised area. Perfect mold.

Have you ever done this? Isn’t this a nice alternative to bricks?  I think the hole in the middle makes sure that you are not blocking any drainage from the hypertufa planter itself.

Again, I love to read your comments and be sure to visit the Facebook Page and upload a photo of your creations.


  1. Claudia Maria says:

    Bravissima! Ma se questi vasi non si vendono non si possono fare all’infinito! Io vorrei farne due o tre al giorno, ma poi dove li metto? Ciao grazie

  2. I make hypertufa “feet” using an egg carton. Makes for an interesting look.

    1. Great idea. I have used Dixie cups, small pots, etc. But your idea could give me quantity!

    2. Claudia Maria says:

      Sono semplicemente meravigliosi tutti i tuoi vasi. L’unico problema è: se non li vendi i vasi, non puoi più farli, non si può riempire la casa e a me dispiace.

  3. I love your hypertufa stuff. I’ve always liked that look and wanted to try it but just haven’t found time yet. But when I do, I know where to go for all of the directions and ideas! I like that cracked pot. It gives it even more character and nooks for moss to grow. Love it!

    1. Thanks so much. And I will be glad to help anyway I can. Making one as a gift for someone is nice!

  4. I thought I was so smart to use a jello mold for a stand….guess that was old news.

    1. No, not old news. We just put it out there so that if it has not occurred to someone, now they can try it. Great idea!

  5. Kim Smith says:

    I think the stone product created would handle Texas wonderfully. People from all over the world make it in all climates.

  6. Denise Goodenough says:

    I just saw your post on the T Rex trough. Wow, you are really into it. You actually use a cement mixer to get your stuff mixed. I also saw you put Lewisia in your planter. I have tried Lewisia but they always die on me. Maybe I’ll try it in a trough. You are like a hypertufa encyclopedia. Thank you. I’m learning so much.

    1. Kim Smith says:

      Thank you so much. I hope I can give a lot of information so many will try these containers. I have had success with the Lewisia (some varieties haven’t rebloomed), but I really like those little plants. I may need to re-issue that post on my T Rex.

  7. I have never heard of hypertufa before. Looks and sounds interesting. How creative!

    1. Kim Smith says:

      Thanks for your visit. Hypertufa making may be something you’ll want to try one day.

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