One thing that I love to do is to find creative ways to use flowers & plants in my throughout my home. It’s an inexpensive way to give your spaces a cozy, lived-in feel and also will make your home feel more put together.
Ideas for Using Flowers & Plants in Your Home
Not only do I love having flowers and plants in my home I enjoy coming up with creative ways to display them. Since I’m always thrifting and searching vintage markets for interesting things I often will use thrifted or vintage pieces as containers.
I’ve gathered up ideas for every season and all year long for you too!
Great for Every Season
Here are a few ways that I used creative containers to display plants in my home. That touch of green in a room really can make a big impact and bring a space to life.
I’ve used this vintage metal vessel to create a topiary of sorts with a green ivy plant. The ivy wrapped itself around the metal and it looked so pretty!
This double-decalitre wood container is one of my favorite vintages finds! I even got it on sale at my local antique store last year.
One way that I used it was to fill it will a few faux fern fronds. They are the prettiest stems and I bought them on a trip to Magnolia in Waco last year.
This brass planter was a thrift store flip! It started out as a cheap-looking thrift store silver container and I transformed it into a Magnolia Inspired Brass Planter.
Thrift stores are my #1 spot for finding unique containers for my houseplants.
In my years of thrifting and vintage market shopping, I’ve collected quite a few interesting pieces…sometimes I grab something because I just love how it looks but honestly have no idea what I will do with it!!
That was the case for this old wood recipe box (I think it is a recipe box at least!). It sat in my decor storage for years until I used it t hold a houseplant.
When using something made out of wood to house a plant it’s a good idea to put a saucer under the plant to prevent water damage on the wood.
Spring Flower Ideas
By February I have about had it with winter! You can tell that I have the winter blues by how I start filling my home with Spring flowers…I can’t help myself!! I don’t think I can get out of the grocery store without a bunch of tulips or dafs and just forget about a trip to Trader Joe’s with all their pretty flowers and plants!
One fun idea is to pick up a pot of tulip bulbs, and most grocery & big box stores start stocking them in early Spring (my tulips were from Walmart’s Valentine’s Day section). Instead of putting them on your porch pop them into a pretty vessel so you can enjoy them indoors.
When I was setting a Cottage Style Easter Table I used a white-footed pedestal bowl to create a centerpiece out of potted Spring flowers. Bonus, I planted the hyacinth bulbs out in my garden afterward.
A creative way I found room to add a small bunch of pansies was by breaking one of the cell packs off of the nursery 6-pack of pansies and popping it right inside a vintage-looking metal hanging pocket.
When I had to water them I simply took the pot out and watered the pansies in the sink.
When I am out thrifting I always see old creamers in the dinnerware dept. I couldn’t pass up this colorful Irish porcelain creamer for $2.99. Creamers are the perfect size for a small plant. One idea is to place a creamer by your kitchen sink.
Every Spring I go outside and cut Forsythia branches before they flower and bring them indoors to flower. The branches will last for a few weeks….and hey, it’s a free way to add flowers to your home!!
Summer Ideas For Plants
Summer is the easiest time of the year for me to not kill my houseplants!!!! The bright morning sunlight that flows into my kitchen and living room windows makes them all so happy.
A creative way I added plants to my living room coffee table was by taking a cutting off of my Monstera plant and putting it into a vase filled with water.
This vase is in my bathroom now and the leaves are still growing in just water!
I also love to add houseplants in cute planters to my bookshelves. The green helps to add color and texture. Just make sure the plant is pushed so far back that it is blocked from the sunlight. You could also add a faux plant to a darker space.
OK, even if you don’t have a green thumb I have a way for you to add some green to your space! This Anthropologie Dupe Moss Wreath only takes a few minutes to make and is so pretty. You don’t even need to be crafty to make it…I promise it is sooo simple to make!!!
On an entryway table try filling a vase with a few faux fern fronds or other greenery for a simple no-fuss way to add plants to your room and you don’t have to worry about watering if you are away on Summer vacation!!
Do you have a collection of baskets?? I can’t be the only one who has a basket problem out there…I’ve never seen a basket I didn’t want to throw into my shopping cart!!
For my larger floor plants, I love to pop them into a pretty basket! Not only does it add more texture to the space I am a sucker for the green/ brown color combination!
For a neutral take on Fall decorating, I filled a large vase (another thrift store DIY project) with a combination of cream and brown Fall flowers and dried pods.
In my kitchen, I have a vintage wall basket hanging next to my dining table. It’s the perfect spot to add some seasonal color.
Another thrift store score was this authentic bean pot. It was under $10 and the minute I saw the “3” stamp on it (and the low $$) I put it right into my cart! I felt like I was stealing because it sells for much more on eBay.
Vintage pots and jugs add character to your home but just don’t overpay for them! I’ve seen some outrageous prices at antique & vintage markets.
Fall is the perfect time to go out to your garden and gather a few end-of-season flowers and dried stems. Here I added an assortment of flowers that I had clipped from the garden and dropped them into a wicker basket…super easy and look so pretty! You can see the rest of my potting bench decorated for Fall here.
Another way I added a few of my dried garden flowers to my kitchen was this colorful display I made on a pedestal for my Fall to use on my china cabinet.
A tall copper flower market container filled with dried wheat is a quick way to add seasonal color to your space.
For winter, I used the same copper container and filled it with greenery and branches in my living room for a natural winter look.
Last Christmas I filled the coppery colored vase that I used in the Fall and filled it with fresh magnolia cuttings (Trader Joe’s because they just don’t grow up here!). This lasted for well over a month before the leaves started to dry out.
See, that wall pocket works for every season! For the holidays I filled it with wintery stems of red berries, pine cones, and evergreens.
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