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Garden Party : Planted Ampersand

Monday, March 24, 2014

Last week I shared my fabulous Tiny Prints inspired Garden Party.  It was so fun to collaborate with TP (that's what you call them when you're buds).  You can check it out here if you missed it.  I filled that party to the brim with fun DIY's so I wanted to share a few of them with you!  Today, I will be sharing my Planted Ampersand.

I bought a plain chipboard Ampersand from my local Hobby Lobby.  Using a box knife, I VERY GINGERLY cut the top off.  

Once the top was off, this what was inside.  

As you can see, I did my best but some areas I just had to hack a bit and the edges became quite mangled.  So, I used a high bit sandpaper and smoothed all the rough edges down.

I painted the outside edges with a lovely soft peach color and let it dry.  

Now my entire "Plan A" was to install real plants in this ampersand.  I knew this would not be a long term planter, but long enough for my party and hopefully a few weeks of light watering after that.  Well.... it just didn't quite go according to my grand plans.

1. I covered the bottom of the ampersand in aluminum foil.
2. I used sweet little white Alysum plants and started filling in the planter.
3. The plants are a little more "wild" than I had intended and you completely lose the shape.
4. It's a great mix of hard and soft... but I'm just not sure.

From underneath, I loved the plants peeking out.

Sadly, the day before my garden party, I had to throw my sweet Alysum into the trashcan.  They took a turn for the worse and were looking like wimpy pancake Alysum.  Certainly not party worthy.  So, "Plan B" was put into action... a Moss filled Ampersand wrapped with blue twine!

Even though this project took a turn and I had to start over, I am so pleased with how it turned out.  Now I have this Planted Ampersand displayed on my mantel and don't need to worry about watering it!


  1. This is a great idea! I can see what your vision was, with the Alysum. So sad it didn't turn out that way, but the moss is great too!

  2. I love the moss - that looks great! So creative. Found you on Pinterest!

    Karen | a house full of sunshine

  3. Amy I absolutely LOVE this, Pinning!!

    xo, Tanya

  4. Amy, this is so beautiful! I love how springy it is and that lovely contrast with the chip board :)

  5. I love this, Amy! I actually prefer the moss, it's so lovely! :) Thanks for sharing on the Whip It Up Wednesday link up!

  6. Hey girl! This is soooo fun and creative and a GREAT save too!
    Gotta love a ampersand. ;)
    I'd love to see it planted with real moss too.

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us a Project Inspire{d}!!

  7. Very creative! I love they way it looks. Thanks for sharing.

    Kim ~ This Ole Mom

  8. This is so cute, Amy! Great Project!

    We would love for you to come and link up with us at Your Designs This Time, Mondays 8:00am EST. htttp://

  9. That is soooo cute! Thanks for linking up at Work it Wednesday!

  10. Goregous! Want Want Want and pinned

  11. I love how this turned out! Looks like now the end version is less maintenance! Thanks for sharing this at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

  12. I love moss your project turned out gorgeous Amy! Thanks for sharing it with us at the My Favorite Things Party & Inspiration Spotlight. Theresa @DearCreatives Hope your having a great week.

  13. This turned out gorgeous! I just wanted to let you know that I am linking to this post on 4/9 at Simply Creative Living if you don't mind.

  14. Love, love, love this! I have been wanting to make one of my own :) just out of curiosity, my husband thinks that the moss will make a mess and kind of fall out, did that happen at all with yours?

    1. Madison, thanks for stopping by! I just added a little bit of hot glue to the bottom of my ampersand and then wrapped it with fun blue string. I've got mine sitting upright on the mantle and not a single piece has fallen out.

  15. The alysum was darling but the moss is too cute too! how is it doing now that it's been a bit longer?

    1. Honestly, it's held up perfectly! I have it sitting upright on my fireplace mantle and not an issue!

  16. As always, very cute little project, Amy!! Pinned!


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