Do you ever visit an antique store, thrift shop or go junkin’ and leave inspired to create your own version of what you have seen? That’s what happened to me when I came home from Lucketts and Garden Gatherings in Virginia. You can read about my experiences here and here.
When I got the challenge to “Upcycle It” from the At Home DIY Bloggers, my creative juices starting to flow. That’s when I made my Garden Typewriter Decorated with Succulents and Moss.
I wanted to use a vintage piece in a unique way. After spying my mom’s typewriter from the 1950s, voila! That’s all it took for my imagination to take off…
This post is part of the At Home DIY Challenges. Each 15th of every month all of us create a themed DIY project. As you read above, this month is Upcycle it. It’s always a pleasure and inspiring to see what everyone comes up with.
So let’s get started!
My mom’s vintage typewriter has been in my home for years. Our kids have played with it and now the grands do, too. One grandson likes to use it to play “business” when he comes over.
After my trip to antique stores and garden shops, I saw the typewriter in a whole new way.
The “keys” section of the typewriter was the perfect place to start. Using the larger succulents first, I had a base for my creation.
Gradually adding smaller pieces, the layers of plants and textures filled in the space. It was beginning to look like a planter rather than an empty typewriter. So far it’s looking REALLY good.
The idea was not to put the same type of plant next to each other.
The finishing touch would be reindeer moss to give it an organic feel. As though the typewriter was truly a planter. The moss is tucked it in and around the succulents to fill in empty spots or to hide the plastic stems.
And, of course everything is better with a string of fairy lights, right?
This would be a beautiful piece for a garden table, on a porch, as a centerpiece for a Spring Tea party, as bridal shower decorations, or just for fun! What about even typing up a garden quote to place through the paper roller? That would be the icing on the cake.
This was such a fun project, costing very little money with a big emphasis on up-cycling and creativity.
Thanks for joining me. I invite you to visit my blogging friends and their ingenuity for Upcycle It, below. Have a great time and enjoy!