You can start your hypertufa from sratch or you can start with Dirt Couture’s Hypertufa Mix, either way making hypertufa pots, troughs and spheres is simple.
Starting with our mix, you just add water to create a mud pie consistancy for crafting your project.
What you’ll need:
Hypertufa Mix or equal portions of of Portland cement, perlite and peat
Plastic tub or bucket
Spray cooking oil
Wearing rubber gloves, mix Dirt Couture’s hypertufa mix with water in a plastic tub, a bit at a time until the mixture has the consistency of moist cookie dough. Your mix is moist enough when a ball of hypertufa holds its shape in your open hand.
Begin to build your project on the INSIDE of your plastic mold. First, spray the inside of your mold with cooking oil. Push a handful of hypertufa mix firmly against the bottom. Repeat until you have made a bottom base that is 1-inch thick.
Push handfuls of hypertufa mix firmly against the sides of your mold ¾-inch thick. Pack the walls tight to remove air pockets.
Continue until the rim of your mold is reached. Make sure the rim is as equally thick as the sides all the way around.
Create drainage holes in the bottom by pushing a pencil through. If you are crafting a water feature, skip this step.
Cover your hypertufa creation with a plastic bag and let dry for 48 hours. Take off the plastic and gently remove your project from the mold by turning it over. Tap lightly, if needed. Turn your project right-side up.
Use a wire brush to gently rough up the surface of the hypertufa for a rustic appearance and to remove indentations from the mold.
Let your project cure in the open air for 2 to 3 weeks. Sprinkling with water once a day helps your project cure correctly. Plant your container, or fill your water feature with water.