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.
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Paper Mache Ampersand / Moss
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!