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Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Oct 22, 2010 11:36 AM CST
Here's a fun (and quick) way to make a faux hypertufa planter for our favorite hardy succulent plants:

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This is a fish box, used for shipping salmon, but the main thing is to use one that has 1" thick sides (the beverage and camping coolers are too thin).


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Scrape off the logo with a razor blade, then rough up the rest of it. Using a heat paint stripper gun, carefully glaze over the whole surface. You can sand it but I wanted it rugged and rustic looking.


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The paint I used is floor and porch acrylic paint (no smell!) and then acrylic craft paints - total outlay: $16 for the floor paint, $5 for the craft paints.

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Plant your favorite Jovibarba, Sempervivum or Sedum (or all three!) and enjoy.

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The best part of this project? I finished this whole deal in one day (in increments of a few minutes each step) as opposed to the real hypertufa which can take days or weeks until you can display your finished pot!

Just wanted to add; this was not my idea; the information came from here; http://www.srgc.org.uk/feature/fishbox/troughs.html
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 22, 2010 11:40 AM CST

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Way cool Jacki. Where can a person get those fish styrofoam containers?

Here is a list of items that can be used in your styrofoam projects. These have come from several posts throughout this thread. : )

1. Styrofoam glue http://www.squidoo.com/styrofoam-glue
SikaBond http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-202523828/h_d2/Produ...
Loctight http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDi...

2. PL polyurethane construction adheasive... [HD & Lowes ] for the outer edges.

3. 4" exterior screws to hold them together.. now these screws won't hold the foam real well .. used alone.... but when they go through the adheasive inbetween.. it coats the screws wth adheasive.. and it's taken into the second foam board... when it sets up in there.. it's the adheasive that holds it in there... not so much the threadding on the screws.. http://garden.org/thread/view_post/86256/

4. Synthetic stucco to cover it with.. Parex. http://www.lahabrastucco.com/colorcharts.shtml
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/86264/
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Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Oct 22, 2010 1:55 PM CST
Wooohooo....thanks Jacki....I knew those things had to be good for something other than their purpose. I know what I'm going to be doing soon. Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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BlueFox
Oct 22, 2010 2:16 PM CST
If you ask at your local Overwaitea or other grocery chain, sometimes they'll have them, or even better a local butcher or fish shop. I also had a though that sometimes you get stereo or computer components in a similar weight of Styrofoam, so ask at the Radio Shack or other appliance store. Around here, you can't recycle them so they just go into the landfill Angry so they will be happy to have you take them. I'm going to do some research on if there's a kind of glue you could use to stick some separate pieces together - imagine pieces stacked to make it look like a rock outcropping!
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Oct 22, 2010 3:37 PM CST
Creative juices flowing for you Jacki....You've got me thinking too! Thumbs up
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Oct 22, 2010 4:06 PM CST
I'll be waiting to see where you take this, Linda!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Oct 22, 2010 9:47 PM CST

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Thumbs up Great idea Jacki, you could kind of carve it to make it more rock shaped. Thumbs up
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Oct 23, 2010 7:26 AM CST
Exactly - and the more of the stuff we can keep out of the landfill, the better. This way, you could use almost anything, even the bits that are too thin otherwise, by 'plying' them together. I'll see what I can come up with...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Oct 23, 2010 12:40 PM CST

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Hurray! Cant' wait for the info.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Oct 27, 2010 6:54 AM CST
Now how did I miss this thread? Those are nice Jacki. If anyone has any concerns about hypertufa freezing/thawing, this is a great alternative. You did a wonderful job with the colors too. Thumbs up Thanks for the idea!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Oct 27, 2010 11:03 AM CST
You're welcome, everyone - glad I could help inspire you!
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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LuvNature
Dec 6, 2010 9:52 PM CST
I'm looking forward to some of this from Christmas gifts.... Rolling on the floor laughing
Excited about the packaging and not whatever the actual gift is... Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Dec 6, 2010 10:06 PM CST
That's too funny Linda - just like a little kid, playing with the wrapping paper Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Dec 6, 2010 11:23 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Dec 7, 2010 1:00 PM CST
I want to see pictures when you make one!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Dec 7, 2010 1:01 PM CST
Me too, me too! I agree
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Dec 7, 2010 1:04 PM CST

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I agree Me three. Thumbs up
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Dec 7, 2010 1:04 PM CST
I'm kicking myself that I threw out the packaging from my new computer - that would be perfect!
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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LuvNature
Dec 8, 2010 5:45 PM CST
I understand...right before Jacki posted on how to make planters from this, I threw out several big pieces, from TV and computer packing....... Sad
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Dec 8, 2010 6:00 PM CST

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Same here, from a new computer. Sad

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