Projects Using Ferns
Author and gardening expert Marianne Binetti shows how to make a fern house and how to decorate with an inked palm frond.
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Horticulturist Marianne Binetti shares some terrific ideas for decorating with ferns. She demonstrates how to create a charming fern house, which provides the moist environment ferns love, and how to use fern leaves as a stamp to adorn a variety of items.
- Start with a glass container, maybe an old fishbowl or aquarium, or a large footed container like an oversize snifter.
- Arrange a layer of small pebbles on the bottom for drainage, then add potting soil, preferably some with perlite, which holds moisture and helps with drainage. Arrange more soil in the back of the arrangement than in the front, since there should be a front and back.
Create beautiful projects with a natural theme using a fern frond as a stamp. Fronds from a Boston fern (Nephrolepis) are perfect for this project. Try adding an image to the side of pots in which you have planted ferns, to gardening gloves, or notepaper and note cards. Different colored inks, particularly metallics, can create striking images.
- Work on a paper towel to protect surfaces. Using an ink pad for stamping, saturate the back side of the fern with ink.
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