Back in 1800s, crafty English farmers used to chisel feeding troughs for their animals out of local granite and sandstone. Nowadays, creative gardeners have adapted these old containers, which are now covered in moss and worn by decades of exposure to the elements, into decorative planters that would make an excellent addition in your garden.
However, trying to obtain one of these centuries-old planters yourself might prove expensive and tricky. Luckily we've discovered a way to create this planter all on your own with materials you can easily obtain. Here's a quick and easy way to replicate the weathered look of these hand-hewn vessels yourself.
The key is a material called hypertufa, a mix of cement, peat moss, and perlite, products readily available at any home or garden center. Just combine the ingredients, add water, pack the mixture into a handmade mold, and set it aside to cure for a couple of days. When you pop off the mold, you'll have created a bit of the Old World, right in your own backyard. See more planter ideas from This Old House