How to make beautiful outdoor ashtrays

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How to make beautiful outdoor ashtrays
You can make beautiful and durable outdoor ashtrays from a cement hypertufa mixture. (cigarette image by bright from

The patio, a popular spot for cigarette and cigar smokers attending house parties, is a great area in which to set out beautiful free-form and artistic outdoor ashtrays for guests. Instead of discovering cigarette stubs in the flowerbeds, party hosts will find that these ashtrays keep all ashes and stubs in one spot for easy disposal. Since these beautiful ashtrays are made from cement hypertufa, they are extremely durable and lightweight, and provide an attractive addition to any patio.

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Things you need

  • Plastic tarpaulin
  • 4.54 kg (10 lb) sand
  • 454 g (1 lb) Portland cement
  • 454 g (1 lb) peat moss
  • 454 g (1 lb) vermiculite
  • Plastic bucket
  • Wooden spoon
  • 1 cup measure
  • Plastic gloves
  • Stiff brush

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  1. 1

    Dump the sand in a mound on the plastic tarpaulin. Create four roughly rounded indentations with a diameter of 25 cm (10 inches) in the mound, with each indentation being approximately 10 cm (4 inches) deep.

  2. 2

    Mix together 454 g (1 lb) each of cement, peat moss and vermiculite in the plastic bucket with the wooden spoon.

  3. 3

    Add water, 237 ml (1 cup) at a time while mixing with the wooden spoon, until the hypertufa mixture has the consistency of pudding.

  4. 4

    Put on the plastic gloves and grab as much of the hypertufa mixture as you can comfortably hold in two hands.

  5. 5

    Place the hypertufa mixture in one of the rounded indentations in the sand. Smooth the mixture into a bowl-shape, making the walls at least 5 cm (2 inches) thick. Repeat, creating three more ashtrays using the same method.

  6. 6

    Let the hypertufa mixture dry for 48 hours. Remove each completed ashtray from the sand and remove any clinging sand with a stiff brush.

Tips and warnings

  • Small stones or sea glass can be pressed into the hypertufa ashtray when it is still wet to add a decorative touch.

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