Guilty as charged of being away for way too long; the work – life balance simply did not leave me with any time – or energy – to update the DIY hypertufa blog.
Anyway, here I am again, this time with one more nice, useful and comprehensive how-to article that explains how to make your own hypertufa stone trough, courtesy James Middleton of TheAllotmentGarden.co.uk.
Accompanied by a few pictures, this article provides a bulleted list of recipe ingredients and other required items as well as step-by-step instructions that you can follow to build a hypertufa trough. Click the pic or the link below to check out the tutorial:
Dorothy, a blogger and a self-confessed obsessive composter from California has hacked a brilliant method to make stunning head planters with hypertufa. And she did not stop just at making this for herself but went on to share her great method, by way of a detailed blog post, with recipe and all, accompanied by plenty of pictures.
Speaking for myself, I find Dorothy’s DIY hypertufa head planter idea and tutorial not only brilliant and useful but also a rare one. You can check it out at the link below:
As I mentioned in my previous post (here), DIY hypertufa hand tutorials are not very easy to come by online.
I’ve just found one more such article, from Jenise, over at DIYFunIdeas.com. If you’ve been following my blog or reading some of my posts, you probably know already that I periodically post links to good tutorials for making various hypertufa garden art objects here. As I type this, I’ve posted well over a dozen (close to two dozens) of such links thus far.
If you are in to DIY hypertufa to any extent, you probably know already that hands are one of the most difficult hypertufa garden art objects to make but Jenise makes it as easy as it could possibly be done. In fact, something I can confidently tell you now is that in my opinion, Jenise’s how-to tutorial is The Best out of all that I have posted so far. (I would not be really surprised if she would make a great teacher. :-))
While this tutorial is written with flowing text (and not in a numbered or bulleted, step-by-step manner), it provides all the necessary DIY and how-to information including the recipe etc. in an easy to follow style, with plenty of (beautiful) pictures all along the way.
To sum up, if you’re interested in making great looking hands and/or hand-shaped planters with hypertufa, I (strongly) suggest you check out the article – DIY Concrete Hand Planters and Bowls – at the link below. The least I can assure you is that you’ll not be disappointed:
Claudia Brownlie – a fellow garden art enthusiast who is way too deep in to DIY hypertufa publishes a PDF eBook that she calls ‘Hypertufa How-To Manual’.
With over 100 pages of step-by-step DIY information accompanied by scores of pictures, this eBook can show you how to make a variety of garden art objects using hypertufa, whether you are a beginner to the art of hypertufa or one with some experience.
Starting from basics like hypertufa recipe and safety information, this eBook goes to show you how to make a number of different garden art objects using hypertufa, such as pots, planters, troughs, balls, stones, leaves, sculptures etc. and promises to make you a ‘creative mud-pie maker extraordinaire’ by the time you get done with it. 🙂
While this eBook is not free to download (~$25), if you are in to DIY garden art and/or hypertufa, you certainly want to give it a try. (Claudia does offer a full refund if you don’t like her eBook for any reason or find it useful).
Another, comprehensive tutorial from FineGardening (by Helen Dawson) that teaches you how to make a hypertufa trough in great detail, step-by-step, with many pictures. Discusses the recipe and mixing method thoroughly too:
If you can guess, I’m – rather coyly – trying to tell you that I’m posting one more link that deviates from my ‘strictly DIY – strictly hypertufa’ rules. Having said that, I do submit that this link is not exactly ‘non-hypertufa’ but on the other hand, it is not exactly a DIY tutorial either.
Published by a self-confessed ‘complicatingly simple gardener’, ‘Playing with Hypertufa’ is more of a running, pictorial commentary from Jester – a DIY gardening and garden art enthusiast and a blogger – of her practical experiences and experiments making various garden art objects with hypertufa.
Starting with the basic hypertufa recipe, she moves on to making bowls, pots, mushrooms and planters, all with pictures. I sure found her post enjoyable and useful; hope you will too: