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 like we are). I filled that party to the brim with fun and easy garden DIY’s so I wanted to share a few of them with you! Today, I will be sharing How to make a Planted Ampersand.
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Paper Mache Ampersand / Moss
Steps to creating a planted Ampersand:
I bought a plain chipboard Ampersand from my local craft shop. Using a box knife, I VERY GINGERLY cut the top off. Please be careful with those fingers!!
Once the top was off, this what was inside. So interesting, right?
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.
After the ampersand was smooth, I painted the outside edges with a lovely soft peach acrylic paint 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 little 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 for the worse since the plants died and I had to start over, I am so pleased with how it turned out in the end. Now I have this Planted Ampersand displayed on my mantel and don’t need to worry about watering it!