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Create a Hypertufa Cement Planter in the Shape of a Hand

Renee Valdes
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Create a hypertufa cement planter in the shape of a hand as a unique home for air plants. This is a quick project to set up, but include two days to let your hypertufa hand dry.

RECIPE:

  • 1.5 parts Sphagnum peat moss
  • 1.5 parts Perlite
  • 1 part Portland cement
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Cut a piece of plastic drop cloth and arrange on your work surface. Wet the Sphagnum peat moss with water until it’s moist and set aside. 

Wearing gloves, safety glasses and a mask, mix Perlite and the wet Sphagnum peat moss together by hand in the tub. Next, add in the dry Portland cement and continue mixing with your hands.

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Add water bit by bit to your hypertufa cement mixture. Mix thoroughly with a trowel until all ingredients stick together. Add more water if the mixture is too dry.

 

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Coat the inside of your gloves with cooking spray. Stuff the hypertufa cement mixture inside, being sure to work the mixture inside each finger of the glove. To dry, turn your Homer bucket upside down and carefully place the hands hanging over the side. Additionally, you can place them inside a small bowl for a curved look.

If you’ve got excess hypertufa mixture, try making containers using plastic molds.

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After setting for two days, cut away the glove and let the hand planter continue drying for another two days. Before using, soak your hypertufa cement hand planters in water to remove excess lime, which can harm plants.

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When you’re ready to decorate, gather some long-fibered Sphagnum moss, your hypertufa hand and air plants. Create a bed of the moss in the palm of the hand and then place a handful of air plants inside your new planter. 

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A hypertufa hand planter would be eye-catching indoors as a centerpiece on a console table or shelf. For additional ideas, see our story on decorating with air plants

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Introduction

Create a hypertufa cement planter in the shape of a hand as a unique home for air plants. This is a quick project to set up, but include two days to let your hypertufa hand dry.

RECIPE:

  • 1.5 parts Sphagnum peat moss
  • 1.5 parts Perlite
  • 1 part Portland cement
Step 1

Cut a piece of plastic drop cloth and arrange on your work surface. Wet the Sphagnum peat moss with water until it’s moist and set aside. 

Wearing gloves, safety glasses and a mask, mix Perlite and the wet Sphagnum peat moss together by hand in the tub. Next, add in the dry Portland cement and continue mixing with your hands.

Step 2

Add water bit by bit to your hypertufa cement mixture. Mix thoroughly with a trowel until all ingredients stick together. Add more water if the mixture is too dry.

 

Step 3

Coat the inside of your gloves with cooking spray. Stuff the hypertufa cement mixture inside, being sure to work the mixture inside each finger of the glove. To dry, turn your Homer bucket upside down and carefully place the hands hanging over the side. Additionally, you can place them inside a small bowl for a curved look.

If you’ve got excess hypertufa mixture, try making containers using plastic molds.

Step 4

After setting for two days, cut away the glove and let the hand planter continue drying for another two days. Before using, soak your hypertufa cement hand planters in water to remove excess lime, which can harm plants.

Step 5

When you’re ready to decorate, gather some long-fibered Sphagnum moss, your hypertufa hand and air plants. Create a bed of the moss in the palm of the hand and then place a handful of air plants inside your new planter. 

Step 6

A hypertufa hand planter would be eye-catching indoors as a centerpiece on a console table or shelf. For additional ideas, see our story on decorating with air plants

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