A front porch update with DIY fake Boston Ferns. So beautiful you will swear they are real.
I’ve never really had a green thumb. But I also haven’t put a whole lot of effort into either. But I don’t know if this is an almost 40 thing, or my roots deepening here in the south, but I’m really interested in greenery these days.
Now that the porch looks like new, it's time to further step my curb appeal. I am ready to make it super cute, comfortable and cozy.
I was first introduced to Boston Ferns in the backyard deck of a friends home in Cleveland. They were so simple, pure and timeless looking. I was in love!
I’ve seen ferns more and more since coming south and I decided my porch would be adorned with them. The end!
Why I Decided on Faux Ferns Versus Real Ones
Here’s the deal.
Problem is my home is west facing. This means the sun beams and darn near cooks me if I dare to sit there in the late afternoon or evening. So I feel a plant doesn’t stand a chance living there.
But Kenya gets what Kenya wants. And where there is a will there's a way.
I have the will to find the way when I want what I want.
So I share with you my DIY Boston faux ferns and hanging basket I made for under $20.
You read that right. I made these beautiful Boston Fern look-alikes for just over the price of real ones.
And hopefully, I’ll get at least a couple of years outta them.
Materials Needed For DIY Faux Ferns and Hanging Pot
- 4 – 7” fern stems
- 8 – 4” fern stems
- Foam block
- Plastic hanging pot
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Spray paint
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.
How To Make Your Own DIY Fern
Remove stickers from all materials. I like to do this part and get it out the way.
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.
Beautiful DIY Faux Boston Ferns for under $20 that will last the entire season.