My most creative and thrifty gifts are borne from - Oops I forgot to buy something so now I have to make something - circumstances. This was no exception.
A friend was grieving so a plant seemed like a symbolic choice of gifts. Life-affirming, pretty, calming, and created from items I had around the house already.
- Cutting from a plant (I used an African Violet which I have in excess)
- Potting soil
- 1 can (thanks for your sacrifice, delicious mandarin oranges)
- Scrapbook paper
- Double-stick tape (because I hate stinky glue)
- A card or tag made from coordinating scrapbook paper*
- Find a can and clean it with soap and water, then dry thoroughly. I was going to use a baby-formula container but much to my dismay, a 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper doesn't wrap all the way around it. So I chose a regular sized food can instead. Measure the can and cut a strip of paper to fit.
- Use double-stick tape to adhere your paper to the can. It's pretty already! You could make it into a pencil holder instead, or makeup brush container, or pipe-cleaner storer. Oh the possibilities! Stick to the plan, Sarah, stick to the plan. (yes I sometimes refer to myself in third person).
- Toss some dirt in the bottom, grab your plant cutting and put it on top, pack it in firmly and add a little water.
- Attach a tag or card of your choosing and you're done! The gift recipient will want to re-pot this on their own.
*The card has a pretty leaf design cut-out on it, made with my Cricut. I barely know how to use that machine but boy is it awesome! Check back for future posts on Cricut projects.