Return to the Hypertufa Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Hypertufa planters with words

Posted by gardencalligrapher Zone 7 OR (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 22, 05 at 23:28

I bought a Poetry Stones kit recently for making bricks with words in them. Basically it is brick forms and a lettering kit. I love how they turn out...very easy, and they spark the imagination what to do with them. One way I have used them it to put them into hypertufa planters. I have done a series of terra cotta colored bricks in planters to go in an area of the garden with terra cotta pots. If you haven't tried these they are fun!


My garden, like my life, seems to me every year to want correction and require alteration. ~Alexander Pope

Here is a link that might be useful: Hypertufa planters with words

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Hypertufa planters with words

Those are very nice and a great idea. I recently bought a couple of alphabets at Michael's (near their stepping stone kits) and hope I can be as creative.

RE: Hypertufa planters with words

Hi Fleur

If you using the letters to put words in concrete, consider using a vinyl concrete instead of a regular mix of portland cement and sand. I have tried both and the vinyl concrete mix seems to work best at holding the letter shapes. As with everything there is a learning curve and I am rounding the bend on that curve. :-)
-Too wet of a mix the letters don't hold well
-Too dry of a mix and you can't push the letters in well
-Use a trowel to level the surface of the object before pressing in the letters
-Don't rock the letter while pushing it in or it makes the letter less distinct, just use both hands with even pressure and push straight down
-Leave the first letter in the concrete while you are pushing in the second letter. It helps to hold the shape of the first. If you can, leave all letters in briefly before pulling the letters straight up and out.
-Very small letters with inside counters i.e.-the center of the "o" or the "a" make take a couple of tries to get just right
-Best of all... if you don't like how it looks just use the trowel, smooth it over and try again!!

Happy lettering!

RE: Hypertufa planters with words

It almost looks like the word brick is copper on the planter!

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Hypertufa Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here