Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Vegetable gardens are producing abundantly and pruning and diligently weeding flower beds is rewarding us with a profusion of color, but sometimes we just have a need to get our hands in the dirt and create something new. Container gardening is good way to fulfill this need. Not only does it take minimal time to pull together a container of plants, from the very beginning you can have an arrangement that requires no waiting to have that complete look.
We have plenty of plants in traditional flower pots but I also like to use creative alternatives. It's fun to come up with new uses for things others are discarding. As the old saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure! But it's also a lot more economical than purchasing a new pot from a store or a nursery every time you want to make a new arrangement. I've seen Hen and Chicks growing in the holes of an old bowling ball, herb gardens planted in the sections of an old wagon wheel lying on the ground, wildflowers planted in an old soda pop crate, as well as arrangements planted in old wagons, wheelbarrows, and even old car tires.
In addition to sharing some ideas for inexpensive alternatives to flower pots, I thought I'd also show how the container you use can give the same flower a totally different look.
I'll be using a basket a friend of mine had set aside to throw in the trash.
I'll be using a colorful pail I bought at Target in the Dollar Spot bins for $2.50.
And I'll be using an old enamel bowl I bought at a yard sale for 50 cents.
If you're using a container that is non-porous, you'll need to add drainage holes, as was necessary with both the aqua pail and the enamel bowl I used. Normally I wouldn't have the heart to drill holes in old Enamelware that is still in good condition but when I found this bowl, it already had holes drilled in it. If you're using a container that's too porous, such as my basket, you'll need to line it with something to help hold the soil in the container. Sheet moss is a popular choice. I used some burlap I had in my craft supplies.
The first plant I used was a pretty purple (although it was labeled as scarlet) Coreopsis. The basket complements the rustic, natural look of the foliage. The aqua pail contrasts beautifully with the bright color of the flowers. The enamel bowl gives the arrangement of the Coreopsis and a vining Sweet Potato plant a lovely country feel.
I used the same containers to pot a purple coneflower.
So keep your eyes open for creative ways to give new life to something old and fun ways to use something new in a unique way!