I’m just loving being out in the garden these days. We went to our local garden nursery recently and bought a bunch of annuals for our planters and containers.
We also stopped off at the Salvation Army store and I saw a lovely wicker purse, and I knew immediately that I wanted to use it as a planter. The zipper was broken so it only cost me $1.
I love using unusual things as planters, and it’s so easy to make a bag of blooms.
I found the purse on the left at another thrift store for $2 last summer. And even though I loved it I knew I would never use it as an actual purse, so I decided it had to join the planting party.
All I needed was a couple of plastic bags and some pea gravel. I used bags that hold the kitty litter in the kitty litter boxes that we buy, and we have a small pile of pea gravel left over from some path projects that we did a few years ago.
First I made sure the bags had no holes in them, and then I cut them to size and inserted them into the purses. I poured about 2 inches of pea gravel into the bottoms to give the soil a little bit of drainage and also to add some weight to the purses so they’d sit nicely.
Then I added the potting soil. I always use Miracle Gro.
I used a pretty pink petunia hanging planter in this one. I just took the whole plant out of its pot and put it into the bag and filled in any gaps with potting soil.
And the hot pink sunny impatiens for this one were in small 4″ pots.
When watering these purses I’ll use a can with a narrow spout so I don’t get water all over the purses, and if I know rain is coming I’ll be putting them under cover.
And here they are, sitting on the steps of my back deck. This was such an easy and fun project.
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So the next time you see a purse or a tote at a thrift store or garage sale pick it up and give this a try.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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