There is no one-size-fits-all option for artistic interior plant styling, and this is especially true for those who are on a budget. The variety of sourcing options are virtually unlimited and are constricted only by your imagination. You can have immense amounts of fun, as you go on a veritable adventure of transforming unconventional items into planters and as you shop for out-of-the-box solutions for staging plants.
Yours will be an original and creative arrangement of living plants birthed forth from unorthodox origins – odds and ends and unusual vessels with untapped potential that others may consider junk. Your finds will spark an explosion of curiosity and will inspire you to express yourself in all that you do. Imagine your work space or living area adorned with the expressions of nature juxtaposed with charming curiosities, and you can easily see how this can become the catalyst for some of your best work. We will discuss some ideas to help you as you endeavor to bring plants into your home.
At stores like the Goodwill and Salvation Army, you can find an array of cast-off treasures sure to delight your inner horticulturist. When you look at each object as a potential housing for vegetation, you will see possibilities everywhere that you look. Thankfully, these items will go easy on your wallet, as most thrift shops have an overabundance of housewares they’d like to get rid of.
In addition, you can have fun pairing the colors of the items that you find with the vegetation of your choice. You can match your greenery with pots that are of a similar hue, or you can choose flower-bearing plants that will contrast with the tone of the container. There are no limiting factors, and best of all, there are no rules. You can pair the sophisticated pinks and purples of the Fuscia with a bright yellow pot to give a pop of color where ever you decide to put it, and you can grow English Ivy over a wire structure, shaping it into whatever form you envision.
Other fun items from thrift stores include old tin cans of any size or configuration and delicate teacups with exquisite designs. You can put succulents or aloe inside your tin cans and tiny cacti or air plants inside of the vintage china. Other delightful ideas include using old pottery and soup cans. You can spray paint these, or if you are talented with a paint brush, you can add swirls, words, or other artwork to your heart’s content.
An old steamer trunk can become your muse as a receptacle for seeds, soil, and a host of tangled shoots and leaves, as they blossom forth, bursting with new life, yearning and stretching ever toward the sun. You can find bargains on chests if you frequent garage sales, and you can adorn the outside with stenciling or a funky paint job, and you can even put bumper stickers or decorative paper on it.
Visit a flea market, and repurpose old things to charming effect. You can paint a tire swing and fill it with a pop of purple pansies, and if you find an antique chair, you can remove part of the upholstery, and grow some flowering flora therein. A worn pair of boots can become a home to plants, and you can even cultivate creeping vines that snake up the legs of a vintage table. You can peruse Craigslist from your living room to find one-of-a-kind items to on which to unleash your gardening prowess — completely for free.
Craft and Variety Stores
Another option for purchasing low-cost materials for your interior garden are the affordable shops that sell supplies for crafting and for furnishing your home. Tuesday Morning, T.J. Maxx, Target, and Michael’s all have a great selection of things that are bright, off-the-wall, colorful, and bold. Their inventory tends to change often, as they acquire a hodgepodge of novelties. Because the prices are low, you can find what you need to meet all your plant styling on a budget needs.
Wooden crates have been all the rage for several years, and these make for a lovely, understated way to display your indoor foliage. You can certainly use the plain variety, but you can often opt for stylish boxes that have logos from wineries or are evocative of the other hobbies or activities you enjoy participating in. You may need to drill holes in the bottom to allow for drainage, and you must be careful not to use ones contaminated with lead paint. You may need to line the bottom with plastic to keep the container from deteriorating, but you should refrain from doing so if you are going be using it to harvest edibles.
Other delightful ideas include using a chest of drawers as a stacked method of growing flowers, making sure to remove the top of the dresser to expose the top drawer. You can also buy a set of large soup ladles whose ends have a hook and can hang on a rack, as very small plants, like succulents, can fit inside the scooped dipper, giving your kitchen a happy dash of vibrant color. Light fixtures can also serve as an eclectic means of housing your plants, provided they are not connected to electrical wiring and are only for show.
Mason jars can provide a rustic feel and can be placed virtually anywhere, and if done carefully, all but the neck of a wine bottle can be divided in half to create an elegant space to place diminutive frondescence. You can take a stroll to the kitchen aisle and pick up a muffin tin to use as a quirky habitation for plant life, and you can use luggage items, like a suitcase, to delightfully grow wildflowers to your heart’s content. With the right frame of mind, you will be able to see past an item’s primary use to transform ordinary and mundane things into unlikely hubs of life.
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