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gifts from the garden

July 9, 2011

trimming back the potted plants is necessary to keep them healthy as we move through the hot Texas summer.  naturally, I keep the trimmings and place them in my kitchen window in jars of water to root.  but I don’t really need any new plants, so I’ve been giving some away to family and coworkers.

it’s good karma, in my opinion, to share gifts from the garden.

my little plant-to-go containers are made from junk mail paper.  I wrap 2 catalog pages around a small jar, tape the folds to secure and trim the tops.  then I add 2 more round discs cut from heavier scrap paper in the bottom of each paper cup, to give it some durability before transplanting the young plant.

then I just tie a scrap fabric band around the paper cup, add a banner made from a toothpick and send the plant on its way.

well, I’m off to the store to get another jar of Mod Podge for my collage project.  it is nearly complete and I am very excited about the progress.

happy weekend to everyone 🙂 and thank you for reading!



Linking to

One Project at a Time Tuesday at A Bowl Full of Lemons
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
{Re}create at Not So Simple Housewife
Tuesday to do party at The Blackberry Vine
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze me Monday at Dittle Dattle
Just Something I whipped up at The Girl Creative
Sisters of the Wild West
Sat Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2011 1:22 am

    Diane, these are so cute I could SCREAM.

    It amazes me how you come up with such great ideas for recycling!

    The scrap fabric band around the paper cup is darling. And I LOVE the little toothpick banner!!!

    And btw, that basil looks heavenly!

    Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful weekend, my friend.

    X to you and Cristybella!

  2. July 10, 2011 2:01 pm

    these are my favorite kinds of gifts! I plan on drying my herbs to share with others.

  3. July 10, 2011 4:11 pm

    How smart are you?! Junk mail~and they’re so CUTE!
    You are the queen of recycling/upcycling. I just crowned you.

  4. July 11, 2011 1:37 am

    I love herbs and always give the dried herbs away…really never considered sharing the actual plant…Love this idea!! Great way to recycle, too!
    Stop over for a last chance to enter a vintage linen giveaway!

  5. July 13, 2011 8:38 am

    i think plants make great gifts

  6. July 14, 2011 9:39 pm

    A lovely way to give a beautiful gift, and very useful. Love it.

  7. July 15, 2011 5:41 pm

    I love this! I often feel bad throwing out magazines and this is a perfect solution! Thanks so much for linking it up to my {re}create into something new blog party! Hope to see you next week for some more awe inspiring transformations!

    Kaitlin–The Not So Simple Housewife

  8. July 21, 2011 2:13 am

    Hey Diane!
    Thanks for linking up your great idea for sharing your clippings at the Tuesday To Do Party last week! I’m trying to get caught up after finally getting my commenting issues resolved!
    Have a great week!

  9. August 8, 2011 11:12 pm

    Beautifully done. It presents the plants as a gift, but is totally practical for repotting!

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