Were you looking for the Draped Hypertufa How-To?
I have seen searches for Cement Draped Planters, Rags Dipped in Cement, and so on….But I have called it a Draped Hypertufa Planter and I have some directions here on how to make them, And there are some videos to watch which will help you make your own!
I am revising a post from a few years ago since there have been so many questions, and I have made some videos to help. I have the videos on my YouTube channel called Kim’s Gardens or you can check from the YouTube page here right on my blog.
How about a whole new look for a hypertufa planter? Since I work in hypertufa, I use the recipe mix for my hypertufa to make this draped hypertufa planter but just in a different ratio. You can adjust the recipe to suit how you want yours to look. I like a rough texture simulating tree bark but you may have different ideas.
This recipe is heavier on the Portland cement, and incredibly messy to make, but I am already planning to make many more. I have seen some photos on the internet, but nothing with complete directions on how to do it, so I have winged it! And these are some of my creations!
You can use any fabric you have lying around. It can be an old towel, a blanket, leftover drapery material, an old padded quilt*
( No, an old quilt is too heavy to handle and I learned the hard way.)
I have three YouTube videos with explanations of how to make these draped cement pots or planters. Here is the link from YouTube for the first one.
Recipe for the Draped Hypertufa Planter
My recipe that I have used for this project is heavy on the cement. And by that I mean that I use a lot more cement than I would in a regular hypertufa trough recipe.
I would use
- 1 part Portland cement (I was using a 2 qt pitcher)
- 1/4 part of peat ( about 1 pint)
- a handful of vermiculite and mortar mix depending on how much you want it to be textured
- water, about a 2 qt pitcher as above added slowly as you get it into a slurry or gravy
Cut the fabric into a circle, an oval, or even use it as a rectangle or square. Dampen it and hang it from your “tower.” This will be the support that you hang it on to dry. If you want the pointed edges, be sure your support is tall enough to allow them to drape/hang.
Your tower is your support for the project as it dries. I used a bar stool for my first one. You can use a column of paint cans. or even a lamp shade. (NO, the lamp shade didn’t work for me. It may work for you.)
It must be something sturdy to allow your fabric to “drape” and not let the ends of the wet fabric touch to floor. It will change the look of your project if the ends of the fabric touch the floor/table. I have seen a few across the internet and Pinterest and the “puddling” effect can look nice.
Cover your tower in plastic! The piece is a little pliable when you attempt to get it off, but it was a struggle with that bar stool. You don’t want your piece to cement itself to the tower. Continued on the next page.