Gather your supplies
• 12 x 897 x 600mm exterior plywood
• Sphagnum moss
• 70mm BrickTor wire mesh
• Air plants (we used tillandsia and old man’s beard)
• Selection of cut flowers
• Outdoor paint
You’ll also need
Drill; suitable drill bit; safety glasses; pencil; jigsaw; sandpaper; caulking gun; silicone; bendable spatula or spreader; wire snips; staple gun; hot glue gun
Freehand draw or using a template, mark a large heart on piece of plywood. Approximately 50-60mm inside large heart, draw a smaller heart.
Wearing safety glasses, cut out centre of heart first. To do this, drill a hole near an edge as starting point for jigsaw (drill bit should be at least width of jigsaw blade), then run jigsaw around line. Repeat to cut around outside heart. Tidy up edges by giving them a light sand.
Coat heart with outdoor paint. Once dry, apply silicone to front of heart and spread with a bendable spatula or spreader, so it covers entire surface and sides. This will act as a waterproofing agent for plywood, so ensure application is thorough. While silicone is still wet, push sphagnum moss into silicone, ensuring entire surface is covered.
Turn heart over, apply silicone to back and spread evenly. Set aside to dry for 24 hours.
Snip wire mesh to fit along one side of heart. Place on edge and secure along side with staples. Repeat for remaining side. Bend wire mesh over front face and moss, then staple to inside edge of heart.
Decide on position of air plants, then glue to moss. Add cut flowers to heart.