Hypertufa Project Design file
Hypertufa is a lightweight cement mix that makes it simple to make your own plant containers and projects. Once you begin, you’ll find more and more ideas to do the dress up the garden and the best thing about this hypertufa is that they begin to age and look very rustic and natural in the garden. See these fabulous ideas and learn a few tips to make your own.
Ideas, from simple to sensational!
Jenny made her trough in a plastic tub, you know, like a dishpan or maybe a hospital wash tub that you always get. You pack in the hypertufa mix about two inches thick and let the whole thing dry overnight. Unmold carefully the next day and let it cure for a week before planting. This containers will be much lighter than cement!
Anna says, “My handmade hypertufa planters. I experimented with some embellishments and acrylic paints. I used easily found molds, the 4” plastic pots, a shoebox, and a planter from the dollar store. Playing with mud is fun!
The basics of hypertufa
Hypertufa is a mix of equal parts Portland cement, perlite and sphagnum moss. Use a 1 quart container to measure and mix everything in a galvanized plastic tub. For molds, start with inexpensive container from the Dollar Store.
Anna tells us, “More variations. You can see some of the molds in the background. Anything made out of plastic will do, and can be reused many times as molds. Just simple inexpensive acrylic paints. I haven’t tried the concrete color, but I’ve been soaking some pieces in used coffee grinds.
This is one of my favorites! Once I tried several small troughs, I made this large one. I lined it with the dry cleaning bag and after a couple days it slips right out. See the texture from the crumbled bag?
“Here’s the unmolded hypertufa finished and planted. I love it! I had wanted to make something bigger this time to display on a log stump and my friend happened to bring this plant pot which I used as the mold.
When you create with hypertufa, you have some leftover each session. Time to make mushrooms!
Kathy Hardin, says This mushroom is also hypertufa…… so cute in the garden..”
Imagination run wild!
*Some of these are advanced projects that take some skill, so if you’re a beginner or want to try your first project, see the links at the end of this article.
Kandy Jones says, “These are hypertufa fountains I made using a beach ball and half of a fan cage on the big one and a deli tray top and candy container on the smaller one) Birds love ’em!”
Karen Zakaria tells us, “These are a couple hypertufa pieces I made using deflated schoolyard balls (remnants from my son’s grade school days–sigh, he’ll be a teenager in a few days). I cut a hole in the ball about 4″ in diameter. The mix was about 4 cups each: Portland cement, peat moss and perlite; and just enough water to keep the mix together.”
“I pressed the mix into the interior of the ball, then folded part of the ball in and over the lip. To keep the folded part in place, I inserted a plastic cup, weighed down by gravel. After about a week I cut the ball away from the cement, drilled a drain hole and let it sit in the shade for a couple more weeks before adding plants.”
My son is into basketball now so I can’t touch the basketballs yet; he does have quite a few tennis balls….hmmmm…”
This is really an easy project once you find your leaf! See Leafcasting the rhubarb leaf to see my first try!
Carrie Cervantes tells about her rhubarb leaf with terracotta coloring in it. She says, ” this was fun to make…made a bunch of them for my sisters and nieces.
I made a hill out in my garden of dirt and shaped it like I wanted the bowl to be shaped; covered that mound with a plastic bag and then laid my leaf on top of that. Then packed the top of the leaf with the Quikcrete added a short pvc pipe for the base of the leaf that would then be buried underground. Waited overnight and flipped it over and peeled off the leaf. Sometimes you have to use a coarse brush to get the leaf out but the result is great and if stored carefully they last for years.”
More hypertufa tips!
My friend, Cheryl, and I are making hypertufa again! Here is our work table after our last ‘play day.’ Tractor Man says all he hears is cackling out there on days like this! Yes, it loads of fun and I’ll be unmolding these later today. FUN! As usual we used our leftover mix to make tiny mushrooms!
“Here are all my hypertufa troughs filled with sedums and other succulents,…just planted the two rectangular ones. I’ll place them along my paths, maybe in the rock garden,…or just leave them here. ~~ Sue