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Hypertufa and Concrete: Some planters I just finished

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 19, 2008
7:43 PM

Post #5691374

Here are a few pics of some planters I just finished painting. This one is 3 feet high. Too late to plant anything this year any more, but next summer I plan on putting a spike in each "cup" with orange impatiens around the spikes. Kind of hard to tell in the picture, but the base is dark green and it turns to a lighter green as it goes up.

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 19, 2008
7:45 PM

Post #5691381

This one is 2 feet high. They look like wine glasses!

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 19, 2008
7:46 PM

Post #5691387

This is about 4 feet high. The celtic knot design is from a mold that Planolinda sent me - thank you Linda!!!!

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 19, 2008
7:46 PM

Post #5691389

A close up of the insert

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Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

October 19, 2008
8:55 PM

Post #5691608

Those are WAY cool!
planolinda
Plano, TX

October 19, 2008
9:30 PM

Post #5691718

oh i just love it!! i am so glad you were able to use the mold in such a unique manner--you are just so creative!
kimarj
(Kim) Philadelphi, PA
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2008
9:35 PM

Post #5691738

KQQL!!!!
shellabella
West Central, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2008
11:52 PM

Post #5692220

I think those are really cool too!
noknok
Ulster Park, NY

October 20, 2008
1:39 PM

Post #5694107

Goldfinch, I love your planters, especially the first two!

That's the direction I'm heading, concrete plants!
goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 20, 2008
2:08 PM

Post #5694250

Thanks everybody. Sometimes I think my ideas are "out there" and other people might think they're too strange. So I do appreciate and value your kind comments since you're all so artistic!
229pennies
Defiance, OH

October 21, 2008
1:12 AM

Post #5696986

Hey, how did you do that? That is what I want to do, something different! Did you use a mold of some kind? Please share, and the base, looks sturdy, it won't tip over? Thanks!

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 21, 2008
11:54 AM

Post #5698468

Hi Pennies,

Yes, they're all sturdy and won't tip over. The 1st one probably weighs 50-60lbs.! The bases of the first two were made using a large plant saucer as the mold, but I added more cement over the bases later. The "cups" on the 2nd one are hypertufa pots and I used a bowl as a mold. Other than that, no molds were used. They were all made differently - which one are you asking about how it was made?
zhinusmom
(Trisha) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2008
5:53 AM

Post #5706923

Those are all beautiful...I love things that you won't see in very other yard you pas!'d think anyone would be happy to have one of these. Good work!
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 29, 2008
2:44 AM

Post #5728115

I just love that first one! It looks like something out of a Dr. Suess book or some sort of weird bromiliad with long stalks. Thank you for sharing with us.
goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 29, 2008
11:20 AM

Post #5728819

Thanks zmom and tt! I like things that other people don't have too. Sometimes it's just fun to try different things to see if they'll turn out like I imagine.
greyma
Mukwonago, WI

November 1, 2008
11:37 AM

Post #5739621

goldfinch excellent!!! so how did you construct them the cups ones
MsKatt
Mid-Michigan, MI
(Zone 5b)

November 2, 2008
1:51 AM

Post #5741909

How cool!! I am going to steal your idea (sorta) . I have a perfect spot for a very similar style planter. I won't copy so yours will still be unique!

Michelle in Michigan
goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

November 2, 2008
7:17 PM

Post #5744198

Thanks Greyma and Michelle!

Michelle, glad you were inspired! It will be fun to see what you come up with.

Greyma, I'll post a couple of pics of the process.

For the stem I wrapped a plastic water tube in bubble wrap (to take up space so I didn't need so much cement) then in hardware cloth. (The plastic tube is so I can plant directly in the cups and they have a drainage hole.)

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

November 2, 2008
7:19 PM

Post #5744207

The cup part is formed out of chicken wire. I left the water tube long so I could just pull it down to make it even with the bottom of the cup as I worked. The chicken wire is wired to the hardware cloth stem.

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goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

November 2, 2008
7:19 PM

Post #5744211

Then I wrapped the chicken wire in drywall tape so the cement had something to stick to.

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Passionflowerz
Punta Gorda, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 21, 2011
9:47 PM

Post #8512667

Fore!!!!!! Golf anyone??? These are awesome goldfinch!
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 31, 2011
5:43 AM

Post #8598728

AWESOME!

They might be a little "weird" by themselves with no plants in 'em, but I see those as part of a big philodendron "yard island". Big philo's are sort of impressive, but really not that exciting... those planters would let people add some more variety and color to their Philo Islands!
biddy52
BROOKFIELD
Australia

February 21, 2012
1:58 PM

Post #9014955

goldfinch4 wrote:This one is 2 feet high. They look like wine glasses!

I hope you don't mind, I have saved this photo to my great ideas folder. I wouldn't mind having a go with the concept. It is so hard to get height with your plants and this is a wonderful idea.

Domehomedee

Domehomedee
Arroyo Grande, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 24, 2012
8:02 PM

Post #9055848

I really enjoyed looking at your planters. I have been making planters and sculptures in a simular manner using a product called Grancrete.

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