Twig Handled Hypertufa Basket

by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)

The twig handle, in place but not wired

The twig handle, in place but not wired

The twig handle, in place but not wired
planted with my favorite hardy succulents
display in part shade until the plants are established

I love finding wiggly twigs on my walks in the woods, but finding ways to use them that will set off their beauty is another matter.


Here's one way that I thought of; salvaging baskets from the thrift store or garage sales gives you lots of great hypertufa molds - I line them with thin plastic film, and make the hypertufa pot inside it.

These ones were a little different; I made a loop of two strands of wire and embedded it right in the hypertufa, so that the ends of the wire stuck out. Then, once the pot is cured properly, I attach the twig to the pot with the two ends of wire.

I don't know if this would stand up too well to being carried with the wire, but it sure is cute!

Plant with your choice of small hardy succulents like the many species and varieties of Sedum and Sempervivum that you most likely have available (if you're obsessed like me, and can't turn any down) and mulch with pea gravel, pumice or lava rock to keep the moisture in and the weeds down.

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Jul 26, 2013
An Update on how it looks now...
by: Jacki

The plants looked so tiny last fall when I put the baskets and all my other hypertufa crafts into their winter spot; an out of the way corner where they would be buried under a foot or two of snow;


Sep 08, 2015
Thank you for sharing!
by: Suzanne

You are an artist! Take a bow! I have had an affair with creating hypertufa vessels for some time. Adding an awesome twig handle adds style & charm times ten. Thank you sooooo much for sharing your idea. I can't wait to try something similar. I'll be in my greenhouse at the crack of dawn for sure!
Sincerely, Suzanne

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Twig Handle Hypertufa Basket May 2016

by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C.)

Beautiful Sempervivum add to the show

Beautiful Sempervivum add to the show

Beautiful Sempervivum add to the show
The side view - the twiggy handle has the patina of age

I made this a few years back - over four years now. It has languished a bit, then I decided to make it pretty again, and took out the old soil from the middle of it, leaving the two ends which both had plants with life left in them.

The new plants are NOID Sempervivum - those that are without a name or an identity. I get them making themselves at home in all kinds of odd places, and then they get popped into a planter to fill a gap, or even in my rock wall.

These pictures show it newly planted - give it a few weeks of warm weather and sunshine, and the plants will get established quickly and fill in. I never tire of finding new ways to display these great plants - this is one of many.

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