How to make a Planted Ampersand


How to make a simple Planted Ampersand decor item! Delineate Your Dwelling

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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What supplies do I need to make a Paper Mache Ampersand plant?

Paper Mache Ampersand 
Hot Glue

What are the 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!!

Planted Ampersand Step 1

Once the top was off, this what was inside.  So interesting, right?

Planted Ampersand Step 2

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.
Planted Ampersand Step 3
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.

Planted Ampersand Step 4

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.

Planted Ampersand Step 5
From underneath, I loved the little plants peeking out.

How to make a simple Planted Ampersand decor item! Delineate Your Dwelling
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!

How to make a simple Planted Ampersand decor item! Delineate Your Dwelling
How to make a simple Planted Ampersand decor item! Delineate Your Dwelling

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!

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How to make a simple Planted Ampersand decor item! Delineate Your Dwelling




21 thoughts on “How to make a Planted Ampersand

  1. Wow! I wish my craft fails would turn out like yours did! Such a cute idea as a little planter, but even better with the moss. Now you’ll be able to enjoy indefinitely! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party!

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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://

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