Let’s Try A Dremel To Carve Hypertufa Pots

Design and personalize hypertufa with a Dremel!

Try using a Dremel tool to apply a design on hypertufa planters opens up so many wonderful possibilities to personalize these planters. It’s easy and simple

I have tried this on some of my newest hypertufa and I am really liking the outcome. I can imagine so many possibilities using this Dremel tool.

First of all, this Dremel is an older one we’ve had for years. My husband picked it up at a garage sale and it seems he got a really good deal. It is electric, and came with a lot of bits or attachments. I am not sure what those tips are called. It also came with a long flexible shaft thing that you can attach so that you have a little more freedom of movement with the “style” you want to carve or cut. I am using it to carve my hypertufa planter.

Carving Hypertufa with Dremel Tool

 I guess the first thing I should advise ( as if you couldn’t tell that already) is that I am NOT artistic. I can hardly draw a recognizable stick figure of a human being! But I used a leaf from my lilac bush as a reference, and compared to a basic first grader, it is somewhat recognizable as a leaf!

Dremel For Carving Hypertufa Planters


I also tried the initials THG, for The Hypertufa Gardener. I have been trying to work out a logo or monogram design for the website and I cannot seem to come up with anything that grabs me yet. I used a “wrinkle” that occurred on this planter to make the “T” and so we have something like a logo. But 25 years from now, it will look quaint and historic, right?

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Let's try a dremel to draw designs on new hypertufa



I can see many possibilities using the Dremel tool.

I can use a stencil to make designs. Also I may try to make a repetitive leaf all around? I can personalize the planter for a gift, either with someone’s name or the name of the plant I am using? Or name the herbs planted?  I would hope that I may be able, in my crude manner, to even carve a representation of a sempervivum on the side of a planter.

If you don’t have a dremel, you can get one via this link .Dremel Rotary Tool Kit

I am carving these on newer “green” hypertufa, so the texture is still somewhat soft and almost clay-like. But if I understand the uses of these bits for carving, they can be used on stone, glass, and many other hard surfaces. I don’t see any reason why I cannot take some of my older pieces and “pimp” them out a little!

Have you tried this on anything? Any more ideas for me? Let me know what you think. Comment or show me some of your work over on the Facebook Page.

Kim, The Hypertufa Gardener

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14 thoughts on “Let’s Try A Dremel To Carve Hypertufa Pots

  • September 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm
    Hi Kim, Really cool post - I learnt a thing or two about carving on pots! I see you mentioned the use of a Dremel tool. I actually recently wrote a complete FAQ on using a Dremel tool. Maybe your readers might get some use out of it :) http://tooljuice.com/how-to-use-a-rotary-tool-dremel-tool-what-is-faq/ Reply
  • March 6, 2016 at 7:55 am
    Which Dremel bit did you use? When you say "green" do you mean two days old, two weeks old or something else? Thanks Reply
    • March 6, 2016 at 1:46 pm
      I think they are "green" in the first 7-10 days as they cure. Just a little easier to carve then. But you can carve later if you want. I have used the diamond tip bit. That's all I know. Just the one my husband told me to use. Reply
    • February 6, 2016 at 12:08 pm
      It sure is! I think I like it. Reply
  • February 5, 2016 at 5:17 pm
    What a great idea! Embroidery transfers could be a good source of designs (lots here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/hooplove/pool/ ) Reply
    • April 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm
      Thank you, Jann. Those of you who are artistic can really do it up well. Reply
    • April 24, 2015 at 1:01 pm
      Thanks, Theresa. Glad you came by. Reply
    • April 24, 2015 at 11:21 am
      Thanks so much, Pamela. You are certainly very artistic so the sky is the limit for you. Reply
  • April 24, 2015 at 9:58 am
    Hi there! Thanks so much for this tutorial! My daughter and I are going to be making garden pavers for mother's day gifts and this will be PERFECT for adding some details and writing. Thanks! Reply
    • April 24, 2015 at 11:20 am
      So glad that will help you. I have made a few personal ones too. Kids and Moms love it with a cute "phrase" from the kiddies own vocabulary. Reply

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