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.
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!