May 18, 2012

Hypertufa Containers

I've been in love with hypertufa containers for years. It started when I saw some at an art show in our hometown and was amazed that these concrete/stone looking things were so light. I spoke to the artist for quite some time about them and then quickly forgot about the incident.

Then in the March 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Magazine, Martha did a whole article on how to make hypertufa. I was mesmerized, but quickly forgot about the containers again. I have the attention span of a gnat sometimes.

Look, shiny penny!  Oh wait, I was talking about something wasn't I?

Well, then along came Pinterest and I started seeing them being pinned and this time I was hooked (pinned?) for good. That's the nice thing about Pinterest. We attention-span-challenged have a visual reminder of things we've seen and liked.

So last week I made a few hypertufa containers.


This round one has Hens and Chicks in it, which really are the perfect hypertufa plants, in my opinion. Something about the rockiness of the planter and the pointiness of the plants.


And the taller container was perfect for some Angelina Sedum. This stuff has a really strange rubbery feel, but such a pretty lime green color.


I'll show you how I made the containers in my next post. I have fourteen thousand photos of the process, so I thought I'd better break it down into a couple posts so you don't get bored half way through and go off to visit some other blog.


I'm going to the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market Extravaganza bright and early tomorrow morning. It's the largest of this type of sale around here and I can't wait to see what treasures I uncover. Because I need more junk in my house, right? Here's a slide show of the market from Country Living Magazine in case you want to check it out. If you're going to the show also, I'll be the one pulling my little granny shopping cart behind me.



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19 comments:

  1. Hi Pam!

    I have also been wanting to make these. I thought they might me great for a cactus garden in my courtyard area.

    I will try to remember to visit back and see how you did it. I get distracted too :0)

    Have fun tomorrow and don't stuff that little granny cart too full!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  2. Just hopping by to see what you have been up to. Had a friend who made these several years ago and gave me one like the hens are in and a small ball. I like your better! SHHH!
    We say squirrel around here- we have that attention problem, too, but personally, I think its the company I keep.

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  3. Have fun at the show! I bet you won't be the only one pulling a granny cart. I really like those containers..my husband would like them too. Looking forward to your tutorial. I never get bored with your posts--I enjoy your sense of humor.:)

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  4. I think these are the same things that were just in the Lowe's flyer/magazine that came in the mail this week. Love the look!

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  5. Can't wait to see the container instructions. DO you have a list of specific things you're on the lookout for when you go to a sale? DO you have a budget for it? I'm just curious as I seem to end up buying stuff and then never get what I REALLY want....no patience? Too pricey for what I really want? I seem to buy items that I think are a good buy. I think I need to focus on what i really want. Good luck tomorrow!

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  6. Wow, these look wonderful! I'll be sure to check out your tutorial -- I'm planning to make a couple for sure.
    Thanks for the introduction to these beautiful natural-looking containers we can DIY.

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  7. I went today. I was amazed. Loved all the vintage booths and Folk Magazine barn (goat barn). Sue will be there working tomorrow. Too worn out to go again tomorrow. It was fun. Have a good time.

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  8. I loke your hypertulas. I have always wanted to make some.

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  9. I'm going to create a new board for these lovely planters. I'll do it right now before I get distracted with something else. Love these Pam.
    Have fun tomorrow.

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  10. You certainly have a green thumb! I don't think I've ever seen that sedum before-it looks like a little lime green pine tree. The containers are pretty cool and I'm surprised they're lightweight. I'll be back to read the how-to. AND see what treasures you unearth tomorrow! Have fun!

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  11. I have always wanted to make some of those. I think I even have the stuff to make them with out in the back garage. It will be on my TO DO list now. You really do a nice job with your plants...everything looks so green and healthy.

    Have fun at Springfield tomorrow- xo Diana

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  12. Have a splendid time shopping! Be sure to take lots of pictures. I'll be sure to check out your tutorial. Your plants look fantastic in them. Another project to add to my hubby's "summer" list!

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  13. Pam those are super cool. I look forward to seeing how you made them!

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  14. Hi Pam! So glad to meet another Ohio blogger! I went to the fair on Friday and let me tell you ~ I need to get one of those shopping carts. : ) You could tell the people who knew how to work these things because they had some kind of cart or other. A fold up shopping cart is on my list of things to find before I go to another like this.

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  15. Hi Pam! I have seen these planters in the past but had no idea what they were called...or how to make them! Can't wait to see the "how-to"! They look awesome!

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  16. I'm a little sad you live so far away because otherwise I would just invite myself over the next time you whip up a batch of these. Love them and have been wanting to make them for some time now. I will gladly wade through 14,000 instructional photos.

    Hope your granny cart was filled to the brim at the end of the day!

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  17. Your containers turned out wonderfully, Pam! I have never heard of this process before...I'm looking forward to learning all about it! Have fun at the sale!!

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  18. Good Morning Pam ~~
    I love the look of the hens and chicks in the rustic containers. I just may give that process a go! :)
    Hugs Rosemary...xo

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  19. LOVE this. What an amazing look. my favorite is the one with the HENS & CHICKS.

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