These amazing garden hands are made with nothing more than surgical gloves and some hypertufa or Portland cement. The original DIY craft comes to us from Blue Fox Farm. Jacki filled ordinary surgical gloves with hypertufa, formed them to the shape she desired by curling them inside a plant pot and left them to harden.
Jacki admits that the fingers break easily. This inspired Debra Anchors from Upcycled Garden Style to try hers with plain cement. Debra explains that you should fill the gloves with water and then empty them to moisten the insides before filling them with cement. She also recommends pricking a small hole in the end of the fingers when you fill them with cement to allow you to burp them and prevent air bubbles in your garden hands. You can read about both of their projects by following the links.
Basic Hypertufa Recipe
Mix equal parts cement, peat moss and perlite with water to make a soupy mixture the consistency of cake batter. This creates a lightweight material that gives the illusion of cement. For more information about molding planters from hypertufa, visit my article How to Make Hypertufa Planters.
I haven't made these garden hands, yet, but they are going on my list of garden projects for this summer.
Until Next Time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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