Anyone can make these easy hypertufa planters or vases.
It takes just a short time, but as I have mentioned before, it is REALLY messy. And I am not kidding. The cement slurry gets all over the place. Globs drop off and then it also runs a little as it is drying. So be prepared for a mess.
Wait. Maybe it’s just me and I am a mess-maker! Could be.
Here is my recipe that I made for the slurry for this video : I had a lot left over. Did 15 large napkins.
- 8 quarts Portland cement and the 1 extra cup
- 2 quarts vermiculite (fine)
- 2 quarts peat moss well sifted
- water to mix to the right consistency
- cloth scraps (old towel, napkin, washcloth, any fabric)
- your “tower” you will drape it over, needs to be high enough to allow the tips to “dangle
- plastic to cover this “tower” so that the cement won’t stick to it
- plastic to cover your finished piece overnight
I filmed this short video so that you could more easily see what needs to be done. I like the more lumpy texture I get with the added peat moss and vermiculite, but you may not like that. But since I make mine “hypertufa-style”, that is my method. I like it to look like tree bark.
I will prep another short video about any further layering your draped hypertufa if you think yours needs it. I am satisfied with mine as it is, but I may stain it with a wood color. I use deck stain meant for wood to paint this cement container or draped hypertufa. I don’t like stain meant for concrete at all.
So try this if you like it. Paint them any color you want! Teal with pink and chartreuse flowers. How about some deep purple cascading petunias on a pedestal! Any color you want to co-ordinate.
Let me see some pictures on Facebook. Or here. Talk to you again with more ideas.
SEE THE UPDATED POST JULY 25,2014