Two or three years ago, I was at Michael’s one day when they had their silk hanging plants on clearance. Now, it’s not that I don’t have a green thumb – I’ve always got something growing in the garden – but hanging plants have always been a little harder to maintain for some reason. So I looked at the silk plants and thought that they were quite pretty, and the fact that they required no maintenance was a given. I bought them and hung them up outside – they looked great!
This is how they looked when I first bought them:
However, after nearly three years of wind, rain and scalding Florida sun, they looked like this:
Pretty sad, right? Well, being of the frugal, don’t-toss-anything-I-can-reuse mentality, I decided to give them a new life. The inside is just styrofoam so after one good yank of the plastic stem, I had a clean slate to work with.
First, I gave the base a quick once over with spray paint. Spray paint does wonders for almost everything!
Then I headed to the dollar store (one of my favorite places). They always have a section of wall filled with the prettiest silk flowers, so since I had three baskets, I bought three ‘sprigs’ of flowers for each. With wire cutters, I snapped off the main stem.
Next, I separated each individual flower and grouped them together by length.
The longer ones go in first on the inside with the smaller ones on the outside. Push them firmly into the styrofoam. I didn’t use any, but putting a little glue on the stem when you push it in will help it remain in place.
Repeat this process, and in just a few minutes, you’ll have pretty baskets of flowers!
Isn’t that pretty? Here’s all three of my baskets:
I wouldn’t tell Michael’s, but I actually like MY version better!
I also picked up new hangers for my baskets at the dollar store, too. Just $1 each! Aren’t they cute?
Here’s the finished product:
So, if you’ve got old baskets, don’t throw them away. For less than $5 for each one, you can have pretty, stress-free hanging plants and flowers, too!