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   Plantable flower basket Posted by Chica 
March 28, 2011 
Chica
 

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Usually, the projects Jo and I come up with are inspired by an end result that we are aiming for, like when we need a gift, decoration, or party game. But sometimes the project starts with the raw materials. That’s exactly what happened with this empty oatmeal container. I couldn’t throw it away. It had too much potential. It was too cool. It needed to be recycled, but into what? I turned it over and over in my hands, pondering and wondering. Hmm…

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Finally, a little bell went off in my head and I came up with the idea to make a basket out of it. With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up soon, this would be perfect! And since the canister is made of just cardboard, I knew my basket would be entirely natural, and could actually be planted like a peat pot. What fun! To make sure there wasn’t anything that wouldn’t decompose on it, I went ahead and peeled away the glossy label. Some of it peeled easily, but some required scraping with the blade of an open pair of scissors.

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Once I had all of the shiny bits of the label removed, I put the lid back on to make it more stable, and measured a line 3 inches up from the bottom, and another line 1 inch up from that one.

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Then I cut along both lines with the super-sharp utility knife that my father-in-law got me for Christmas last year (love it!), creating a little basket and a 1″ ring.

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I used a pair of scissors to make a cut in the 1″ ring so that I could use it as my basket handle. I then went searching through my paper stash for a piece of natural, handmade paper to cover the basket.

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Sure, I could have painted the pieces or used glossy or fancy paper, but remember that I wanted this basket to be totally natural so that it could be planted directly into the ground. If you can’t find a natural, handmade paper in your local craft store, try looking for mulberry paper or at least use a basic scrapbook paper with no gloss or glitter.

To cover the basket, I started by cutting a strip of paper and used it to cover the top edge, affixing it with non-toxic Elmer’s school glue. Then I covered the sides with a wider strip of paper.

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I used a few clothes pins to hold the paper in place while the glue dried, and meanwhile covered the other strip of cardboard with paper so it could be a handle. I attached the handle to the sides of the basket and clipped it all in place until it dried. What a cute little basket!

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Of course, you can stop here, and just have a cute basket, but I wanted to turn it into a planter, so I went outside and filled it up with some DRY potting soil. Make sure it’s nice and dry, or else it will start to ruin your basket before you get a chance to give it! Then I sprinkled a layer of flower seeds on top of the dirt. (Can you believe I got that huge packet of flower seeds at Target for just $1?)

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Now the basket just needed a lid, and I thought a giant Gerbera daisy would fit the bill perfectly. I took some photographs of some daisies and put them into a nice Daisy Images download so I could share it with you. I went ahead and included two colors and several sizes so that we can hopefully use this download for other projects as well. I printed the images onto white card stock and cut out the largest pink daisy.

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The daisy needed a couple of notches so that it would fit between the basket handles, so in order to place those notches perfectly, I put the daisy face-down on the table and set the basket on top of it. Then I used a pencil to mark where the handles lined up.

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With my notches drawn on, I used a pair of scissors to cut them out, and then the flower fit perfectly on top of the basket. The notches keep the lid from falling off the basket, and I love how the petals stick out over the edges a little.

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Seriously, isn’t this so sweet? You can write a message on the back of the flower lid and it makes a great gift. The lucky recipient just needs to remove the lid, add water, and watch the flowers grow. When they get big enough to plant, the entire basket can be planted straight into the ground, since it is all made of paper and cardboard. Gardening doesn’t get much easier than that!

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The gift-giving possibilities for this are endless. It would be absolutely ideal for Easter or Mother’s Day, and would be a lovely centerpiece/favor for a baby shower, bridal shower, or tea party. Oh, and what a sweet favor it would make for a spring wedding!

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6 comments so far:

  1. Alice said: (March 28th, 2011 at 4:27 pm)

    That is adorable and I agree with the many uses for it. Thanks for sharing. I must make one for Easter.

  2. Rachel said: (March 28th, 2011 at 7:52 pm)

    This is so creative, I love it!Your printables always add so much. I’ll be linking.

  3. Melissa said: (March 28th, 2011 at 10:52 pm)

    I love this idea, but hate oatmeal. However, I work at an elementary school where hundreds of little milk cartons are thrown away daily. I’m going to try it with the square shape and see what I get. I’m hoping I can just use a piece of posterboard to cut out handles. Thanks for the idea to top them with an image of a daisy and fill them with whatever. Wait, are those milk cartons biodegradable?

  4. Chica said: (March 29th, 2011 at 7:03 am)

    Melissa, a milk carton sure is a clever idea. I think they are a bit waxy, though, and might not biodegrade. I’ll bet if you put the word out at your school, some of the oatmeal-loving moms would be happy to save a few canisters for you :)

  5. CM2 said: (April 13th, 2011 at 9:52 am)

    How clever, loved your idea! I need to make individual favors for a Spring table in May. I have purchased some small round peat pots
    and thought about using them instead of the oatmeal box.

    Is there a reason, why I couldn’t use scrapbook paper, wall paper or crepe paper to cover them? The pots definitely are biodegradable, but what about any of the 3 papers, I just mentioned?!
    Thanks for sharing your clever idea! CM2 :-)

  6. Chica said: (April 14th, 2011 at 6:27 am)

    CM2, you should be fine with scrapbook paper as long as it’s plain paper without any glitter, gloss, or embellishments. I would stay away from wallpaper. I can’t even guess about crepe paper’s biodegrading properties :)

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