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:
Having posted many links to DIY tutorials for making various hypertufa garden art objects like pots, planters, troughs etc., I’m happy to share a tutorial for making a new kind of hypertufa object – stepping stones.
Better still, this – rather rare kind of – DIY article posted by Jess from Hillsboro, OR, at ThriftyFun.com, also happens to be one of the most multi-media-information-rich links I’ve found / posted so far.
Called ‘Making Hypertufa Stepping Stones‘, this tutorial has it all – flowing text, many pictures, a video, step-by-step instruction including recipe and mixing method and so on. Just click the link below and let Jess guide you to making some great looking steeping stones for your garden with hypertufa and clamshells:
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:
Here is one more DIY garden art link under the non-hypertufa category. Posted at a blog called StudentBudgetLiving.com, this DIY article describes how to make beautiful looking painted terracotta pots in nice detail, with plenty of pictures:
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).
Okay. Already. I DO remember having stated in my first post that I will post links to only DIY hypertufa resources here. From time to time, however, I come across some great general DIY garden art tutorials which are just SO amazing that I just want to share them.
So, to keep it short, I am (sort of) bending my own rule a little bit here (but hopefully, in a structured manner). I’m creating a new category on this blog called ‘Other Garden Art’ and will post useful non-hypertufa garden art links under this category from time to time.
Here is the first one:
DIY Garden Mushrooms – by the good folks at Birds&Blooms. Just take a look – irresistibly pretty!!! Hypertufa or not, as long as you’re in to DIY garden art, I”m nearly sure you’d want to build these (and the link below will show you how, very easily too):
If you do not know what is hypertufa (an amazing art of creating beautiful garden objects and ornaments like pots, planters, rocks, spheres etc. using portland cement, peat moss, perlite or vermiculite and some other materials), I’m afraid my blog is not for you. (You can google ‘what is hypertufa’ to quickly and easily find this out.)
The main reason I’ve created this DIY hypetufa blog is to share useful links where hypertufa enthusiasts (like me) can find (mostly) free information on how to make various hypertufa objects on their own – the DIY way.
Obviously, one can google ‘diy hypertufa’ to find many such resources directly as well. As a diy gardening and ‘tufa enthusiast, I’ve been doing this myself, for quite some time now (and like I said, so can you). The reason why I thought of creating this blog is two-fold:
1. Many of the results shown by google (and other search engines like yahoo, bing etc.) do not provide diy hypertufa information that is actually useful for practical purposes and (almost conversely)
2. Many websites/pages providing useful and practical information are not shown in the search results (not in the top 2 or 3 pages at least).
Over a period of time, I’ve dug out, vetted and collected a number of such useful and practical (but not easy to find) how-to and DIY hypertufa links which I intend to share via this blog. Most of the links I share will have either textual/pictorial or video information using which you can actually make some hypertufa object or the other.
I hope what I share here will be of use to other budding (as well as seasoned) hypertufa and garden art enthusiasts.