- Refer to diagram. Use X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" Metal Ruler and pencil to draw planter pattern on newspaper. Check for symmetry by folding in half and cutting out with X-ACTO® Designer Series 8" Scissors. Trace box pattern, four times, onto two Elmer's® Foam Boards. Trace one 11" square (bottom); eight 1" x 16" strips and eight 2" x 16" strips (accents) on other Foam Board.
- Use X-ACTO® Designer Series Gripster® Knife (with new blade) and Metal Ruler on 12" x 12" Self Healing Cutting Mat to cut all Foam Board pieces. (Hint: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Replace blades often.)
- Set aside strips and bottom for now. Before gluing, ask and assistant to help hold up Foam Board sides to see how to connect them, by aligning foam edge of one side against paper edge of another. (Note: Foam edges of two opposite sides will be up against each of the other paper sides, making it slightly rectangular.) Working at one corner at a time, apply hot glue to foam edge and press into place, holding until set. Repeat with other corners. Let dry.
- (Note: If planning to use live plant instead of artificial fern, skip this step, so that bottom remains open and you can simply slip it down over pot with live plant. An additional, overturned pot may be needed to allow top pot to be high enough in planter.)
If using artificial fern: Place 11" square bottom down into planter, from the top. Press into place to fit. (Note: Bottom won't go all the way down into planter so that less filler is needed in arrangement.) Inside planter, put large dot of hot glue in each corner to secure. Wait to add ferns.
- To create interesting surface on each side, vertically position and glue two 1" and two 2" strips, intentionally not standardizing the spacing. (Note: Keep strips perpendicular to table and parallel to each other. Because planter angles, the tendency is to inadvertently, put strips at angles.)
- In well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area, spray inside and outside of planter with several coats October Brown. Let dry.
So that some October Brown color will later show through, rub candle on all edges and vertically, in streaks on sides and strips of planter. This will allow paint to sand off more easily in those areas. (Hint: As you rub candle, imagine that it is brown paint that you're putting onto the gray planter. That helps you know how much wax to apply.)
- Paint outside of planter with gray acrylic paint, using vertical strokes as much as possible. Let completely dry.
To distress, lightly and vertically rub sandpaper over planter, scratching gray paint and exposing brown where candle wax is. If desired, rub hard enough in some places for black Foam Board to show.
- Hot glue three foam bricks in planter. Plan placement and insert stem of each fern bush into foam. Fill in around bushes with Spanish moss, spot gluing to hold. Bend and fluff fern. (Note: Planter should be used indoors, or on enclosed patio or porch but not exposed to damp weather.)
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