Painter Artist Mom (PAM) got a late birthday present when we visited them weekend before last. It was after the trip to the pond (ahh…) that we came home and gathered a few item’s I’d brought with me.
PAM had searched the world over for the right containers for a long time. She needed just the right containers or urns to add some fake ferns to dress up her front door. PAM wouldn’t even discuss live plants.
Real plants are too hard to keep alive out there.
(Nothing could survive the neglect. Wink.)
We visited a garden show on her birthday (as a fun surprise). Handy Builder Dad (HBD) had a plan…to help her find and select the perfect front porch urns to replace the ones she had. What a perfect birthday surprise!
One of the old urns was broken in a tornado that came through a couple of years ago. With one lone urn, it didn’t look right. So, PAM removed it. And, the grand staircase out front looked like it led to nowhere.
At the garden show, PAM found some iron urns she loved and placed them, empty, on her porch.
I told her that day at the garden show that I’d bring some new fake ferns for her urns.
My collection included rocks from my gravel driveway, ferns and a trailing fern from HobLob, foam for a stabilizer, and two yards of burlap.
As it turned out, PAM had a better foam for us to use – a remnant from the old urns, holes punched and all!
To start, line each wire container with a yard of burlap – edges turned to the inside. Nestle foam inside.
Stick the stem of a large fern cluster through the foam center. (We used HobLob’s largest fern on a stem.) Add something trailing…preferably a different shade of green for interest.
For stability in strong winds, add rocks to weight everything down.
After bending the fern fronds, it still looked a little sparse. PAM dug in her stash of old silk plants and came up with this perfect addition.
Even though you think you’ve got enough greenery for an arrangement, it always pays to have a little extra on hand.
Now…that’s better. Do you agree?
This is the new view as you climb the steps to approach the door.
I think PAM is happier now with her entrance.
Does your home’s entrance need some attention? Would you dare to use fake plants?