Hypertufa planters with words

gardencalligrapher(Zone 7 OR)November 22, 2005

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

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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.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 12:29AM
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gardencalligrapher(Zone 7 OR)

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!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 10:25AM
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It almost looks like the word brick is copper on the planter!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 7:17PM
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