Bloom Where You’re Planted DIY

Our mini library drawer has been given multiple facelifts and previously altered into a photo organizer and rewards drawer. Today we’re sharing how this drawer can go au naturel and give your green thumb a chance to shine. This hands-on gardening project is perfect for mother-daughter bonding time or as a quick and easy gift idea!

 

Materials

Mini Library Drawer

Collage Pauge

Small succulents in various styles

 

Instructions

You can find small succulents inexpensively at your local swap meet. Be on the lookout for different species to give your project unique dimension. As the drawer’s primary purpose is for paper crafting, the wood may wear over time. Before potting the succulents, treat the wood with a coat of Collage Pauge to waterproof it. While succulents don’t require excessive watering, it is a good idea to drill a couple of holes in the bottom of the drawer for drainage. Place your new planter in a window with plenty of sunlight and enjoy this bright and sophisticated piece of home décor. This low maintenance and cost-effective project is perfect to make for Mother’s Day and lasts longer than a bouquet of flowers!

Note: Succulents do best in a drier, rocky potting soil. Instructions on the bag will usually indicate if the soil is suitable for cacti and succulents.

For more tips and projects for the green-conscious crafter, see what’s inside the latest issue of GreenCraft.

 

Project and photos by Vanessa Spencer

 

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Posted: Thursday, April 26th, 2012 @ 9:34 am
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10 Responses to “Bloom Where You’re Planted DIY”

  1. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Wonderful green reuse of a library catalog drawer. If you don’t want to drill holes so you can change the drawer’s use in the future, just use plastic plant liners under pots of plants.

  2. Lalo says:

    OH LOVE THIS!!!!

  3. Yoby says:

    Love this , but might like it better if the drawer were distressed with a china knob , patinaed brass knob or a cut glass drawer pull.

  4. Mitchell Schuller says:

    Don’t use the collage glue. With this type of wood, it’s best to spray it or brush the entire drawer with a polyurethane coating. Chemicals of the wood leach into the soil and are harmful to plantings. Using the polyurethane will help prevent that unlike the collage glue which will not mesh well with the soil.

  5. Amanda says:

    I think this is such a great idea, and has inspired me to try some other ‘green’ projects in the garden!

  6. barbara lassiter says:

    What a great idea for a project! I can just see that in my bay window! Thanks!

  7. how is it that I’ve just found your site now! i’m in love! xo

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  8. Mike says:

    Interesting! It’d make my day if I had the time to get stuff finished generally! I need to get double glazing for my house, mow the yard and everything else.

  9. A work mate recommended me to your website. Thnx for the details.

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Our mini library drawer has been given multiple facelifts and previously altered into a photo organizer and rewards drawer. Today we’re sharing how this drawer can go au naturel and give your green thumb a chance to shine. This hands-on gardening project is perfect for mother-daughter bonding time or as a quick and easy gift idea!

 

Materials

Mini Library Drawer

Collage Pauge

Small succulents in various styles

 

Instructions

You can find small succulents inexpensively at your local swap meet. Be on the lookout for different species to give your project unique dimension. As the drawer’s primary purpose is for paper crafting, the wood may wear over time. Before potting the succulents, treat the wood with a coat of Collage Pauge to waterproof it. While succulents don’t require excessive watering, it is a good idea to drill a couple of holes in the bottom of the drawer for drainage. Place your new planter in a window with plenty of sunlight and enjoy this bright and sophisticated piece of home décor. This low maintenance and cost-effective project is perfect to make for Mother’s Day and lasts longer than a bouquet of flowers!

Note: Succulents do best in a drier, rocky potting soil. Instructions on the bag will usually indicate if the soil is suitable for cacti and succulents.

For more tips and projects for the green-conscious crafter, see what’s inside the latest issue of GreenCraft.

 

Project and photos by Vanessa Spencer

 

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