How To Make Realistic Looking Boston Ferns

8 Materials
3 Hours

With a porch that is west facing, ferns don't stand a chance. They will be fried by the sun. So instead I came up with a way to have the look I wanted without having to consider the elements. And you can not tell the difference either!

The hanging pot with the cord came from the dollar store.

I had the glue gun, glue sticks, and rope on hand.

I purchased all other things from the adult creative playground,  Hobby Lobby.

Remove the string from the pots and used a drop cloth in the back yard and spray painted the outside of the pots.

I let them dry for a couple of hours. Flipped them over. And spray painted the insides. Let that dry for the same amount of time.

While those were drying, I started arranging the fern stems for the fake fern plants into the foam squares.

I did this by placing the longer stems dead center right next to each other. Then I placed each of the four shorter stems on each side of the longer ones.

From there, I went through and adjusted and blended the “leaves” to form the plants.

Once they both faux ferns were formed, I glued the foam squares in the center of each pot.

I took the rope I had on deck and cut it into six even pieces, three for each pot.

Then, I tied one end of each rope into the three loops on the pots.

I held the rope pieces up to even them out and tied the string that came from the pot around them. I left about a three-inch end on one side and the remaining length on the rest.

Using the short string, I went under and around the rope ends until there was only a small Piece. I then held it in place and created a loop with the longer string.

From there I begin wrapping the string around the combined rope, remaining string and bottom of the loop.

I wrapped it until it was covered all the way to the top of the rope tightly.

Once fully covered, I double tied the string to a piece of the bottom of the loop.

All done!

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  • Heather Brown
    on Apr 7, 2020

    Love it! I kill my ferns every year. Thanks for the tips.

  • Patricia DellAnno
    on Apr 21, 2020

    I have no luck with ferns or ivy. I over water or under water but I love them. These are beautiful and inexpensive. They usually cost a fortune if they look nice. Thank you. I will try this.

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