Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Dirt: dollar store steamer to flower basket

Here’s a fun and budget friendly idea for a Mother’s Day gift {or any occasion gift}. 

I found this wire steamer basket at the dollar store. You could do so many things with this basket. Hang several for kitchen storage, use them for ribbons or scraps of fabric, or actually use it to steam vegetables.

I decided to use mine as a planter for a Mother’s Day gift.

I lined the basket with moss and gave it a good soaking. 

The steamer basket handles double as legs. Or, you could hang the basket using the handles. 

Once filled with potting soil, I planted Forget Me Not seeds. 

Forget Me Not flowers are so pretty and delicate. I love the gorgeous blue color and the cheery yellow center. Here’s how legend says the flower got it’s name.

According to Wildflower, legend says that the forget me not received its name when a medieval German knight picnicking with his true love along the banks of a river decided to gather some blue flowers at the water's edge. As a flash flood appeared and swept him away, he threw the bouquet to his lover and cried, "Forget me not!"

I can’t wait for my basket to start growing and I’m envisioning an abundance of pretty blue flowers like the ones above. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, this dragonfly plant stick will stand guard over my seeds. 

{One week later...}

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  1. What a great idea! I've seen some of those strainers at garage sales too. Pretty!

  2. Great idea - and great vision. I love those forget me nots and ours are just coming up now. Pretty.

  3. Smart idea! Adding this to my 'to do in my yard list' for this summer. (Still waiting for winter to end!)

  4. I did this w/ mini colanders I found at Cost Plus...Cool idea you have.

  5. I love that this project is affordable and elegant all at once. I definitely need to head to the dollar store -- was it a Dollar Tree perchance?

  6. I love growing things from seeds and watching them grow! It's always fun finding a treasure at the dollar store as well!


  7. What a clever idea for a cool presentation as a gift.

  8. what a pretty upcycle! Good for the plants, too - drainage, air and being up off the ground.

  9. Hi,

    I followed you over from Chic & Crafty link party. Wow, I love what you did with the strainer. The flowers are beautiful and this would be perfect for Mother's Day. My crafty to do list is getting longer and longer lol.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at (Party runs through Monday each week).

    Have a great day,

  10. What a great idea! I love using different things as pot! Thanks so much for showing it off!


  11. Brilliant! What a wonderful idea and a perfect gift.

  12. I love it, I may do this for next Mother's Day.

  13. what a great idea.A clever idea for a cool presentation as a gift.i love it.


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