Plan for weekend DIY: making hypertufa pots and garden art
As I look for inspiration (and a way to become more interested in my garden), I realized that finding some DIY projects to spruce up my yard might be just the key.
As I browse for garden ideas, I find myself drawn to fancy-looking concrete and stone planters and then stories about something called hypertufa.
It's a substance that looks like stone but is made with Portland cement, peat moss and perlite, which means it's lightweight.
I mentioned trying hypertufa to Rob the other day, and he said we could try it, but of course we'll need to have molds.
I've done some more browsing since and have found three ideas I'd like to try:
- actual hypertufa planters (I'm wondering if we couldn't use some of my favorite galvanized tubs as molds)
- a tabletop for a small wrought iron table in our yard that's current topped by a scrap of wood.
Have any of you readers ever worked with hypertufa? Did you find it to be easier or more difficult than you expected?
Sept. 18, 2012 edit: It took us five months but we finally made hypertufa. Read more about that here.