Hypertufa Leaf

An Easy Rustic Craft: Make Hypertufa Leaves Stepping Stones

Making a hypertufa leaf casting is one of the easiest rustic garden crafts.

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See how to make hypertufa; Make a batch of hypertufa following the directions and either use a flat dish type mold like a garbage can lid, or even a discarded serving platter to fill with the hypertufa mix.

See the page on hypertufa molds for more ideas and hints.

The best thickness to aim for is around 3cm (1-2") or more, as anything thinner may tend to be too brittle and crack, or simply crumble. If you’re using your hypertufa leaf for a walkway or stepping stone, it needs to be fairly sturdy.

Other leaves can work just as well for casting; the main requirement is a leaf with definite veins, which will press deeper into the hypertufa and leave a better impression. Ferns such as bracken, or horse chestnut leaves are great too.

If you have rhubarb leaves in your garden you can use those to make a hypertufa rhubarb leaf.

Colocasia, or Water Taro, also make excellent leaves for fountains or planters.

Press the leaf into the hypertufa, making sure that all the veins are pressed in.

Leave the leaf on the hypertufa for at least a few hours, to avoid marking the mix by taking it off. Cover the curing hypertufa with plastic wrap for a week or more, leaving it undisturbed and then put it in a water bath for a few days. This curing stage is important, so don’t omit it.

Hypertufa Leaf looks like a fossil

When placing your hypertufa leaves in the garden, dig out a spot just big enough for each one, fill the hole with small gravel or sand, and tamp it down.

Place the hypertufa leaf on top of this, making sure it doesn’t rock.

This will make doubly certain that it won’t crack under traffic. Make six or eight of these to place as stepping stones through a perennial bed, or around a fountain or other feature.

As they age and the veins of the leaf fill with debris, moss and other tiny plants may take root, giving the hypertufa leaf casting a look of age and patina. The goal is to have your leaf casting look like a fossil.

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