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Love the look of stone, but not the weight and expense? With a little time and a few supplies, you can make your own planters from hypertufa.

Hypertufa is a mix of water, Portland cement, peat moss or coconut fiber, and either sand, perlite, or vermiculite. Planters made from hypertufa are porous and drain well, so they make a perfect home for succulents and rock garden plants

The hypertufa mix is molded into a form and left to cure. Everyday items like bowls, boxes, or plastic bins can be used as forms. Don't forget to poke a few drainage holes into the bottom. The process can be messy, so it's best to work outside wearing gloves and old clothes.

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