A simple DIY plant holder for valentine’s day or just for your spring plants that you picked up at the grocery store. This time of year I love picking up a primrose or a heather plant to bring in the feeling of spring…even though it’s weeks away.
This is another one of those projects where you use what you have on hand. If you have a small plant, this is an easy, quick project that will add an element of homemade to your home or to give as a small gift to a neighbor or when you meet a friend for coffee. It’s always the little things…and this is definitely one of those small, but lovely things.
At the end of the post, you’ll find 13 more ideas for Valentine flowers!
What is a DIY Paper Bag Plant Holder?
Well, it’s a paper bag that with a coating of wax becomes a little water-resistant and it has the look of a worn patina. I love to mix mine on a plant shelf with other planters made of ceramic or concrete. It’s all in the mix that makes things interesting. You can see it on my pegboard plant wall in this post!
How Long will it last?
That depends on how it’s used. A paper bag coated with wax will last at least as long as a spring plant lasts indoors before it’s ready to be moved outdoors in the spring. The wax coating will come off little by little but set on a shelf left mostly undisturbed and it should last a week or two!
The Supplies you’ll need:
- brown or white paper lunch bags
- a sharpie
- wax (3-4 votives work great, no need to buy anything special)
- a craft paint brush or a plastic spoon
Here’s how you make a DIY plant holder that’s perfect for Valentines’ Day!
- Gather your supplies
- Prepare your bag(s) by cutting the top 4″ off the bag. Then open the bag and carefully fold down the bag making a small double fold. I try to make the fold a little smaller than an inch.
- Close the bag and lay flat so you can write on it. Since these are for Valentine’s day, I wrote LOVE, but you could write a name, the name of the plant, a message…. The best place to write so that it shows is just above the bottom of the back when it’s folded down.
- Remove the candle wax from 3-4 votive candles.(metal wick removed) Put into a small microwave safe dish. (It gets pretty hot, so if you have something with handles, that works best).
- Put the dish with the wax into the microwave and melt. My microwave is not very powerful, so it took about 2.5 minutes. Keep checking and add 30 seconds as needed.
- Make sure to cover your work surface. A double paper shopping bag works well.
- Now you are ready to cover the bag with a thin coat of wax.
- Brush or spoon the hot wax over each part of the bag and the fold. Then repeat on the inside including the side and bottom of the bag. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
- Insert your plant! Voila!
Is this something kids could make?
Absolutely! The hot wax is something you will want to assist with depending on age, but it’s definitely an easy craft that kids could do. My daughter and I still love to make things together. Next week we have plans of making a disco ball chandelier. Making small (and simple) crafts or baking together is one of our favorite things! Check out the twisty candles that we made or this one for more ideas.
I originally saw this idea on an Instagram reel but forgot to save it. When I googled it, I found that Linda made something similar. She decorated hers with stamps which are so cute! I’m also going to try this idea!
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