In the Potting Shed: Planting Spring Bulbs in a Drawer!

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Do you have spring fever? We’ve had a couple of beautiful weeks of March weather. More recently it’s been cold and blustery, but I’m ready for some garden time, flowers, eggs and bunnies, with Easter on its way!

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  I had little spring garden fun in the Potting Shed, repurposing and upcycling a drawer as a planter!

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I found a pair of chippy, white drawers at a local antique mall for $15. Shopping there is a little like March weather . . . you never know what you can expect or will come your way :)

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I brought the pair of drawers home, planning to use in my Potting Shed to corral Ball jars or to hold my Staffordshire Bouquet. I decided to use one as a planter for a little tabletop gardening.

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I lined the drawer with plastic then added some pots of hyacinths and daffodils I picked up at Walmart. The small pots of daffies were $1, a lot of flower power for the buck and can be planted in the garden after they finish blooming.

Drawer Planter with spring bulbs

I used some newsprint to fill in the space between the bulbs, then added a layer of sheet moss, to cover and camouflage the pots and paper. I soaked the sheet moss in water briefly to re-hydrate it, squeezing out the excess water and then piecing the moss together.

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Soaking the moss makes it look a little more “alive” and makes it easier to piece together. It also provides some moisture for the pots or flowers that you’re covering.

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On top of the sheet moss, I added some pieces of mood moss to fill in between the pots and then tucked in some eggs and added a moss bunny for Easter. The moss bunny hopped home with me from HomeGoods last year.

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After I was finished planting the drawer, I decided the sides needed a little “planting” too.

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I had a couple of 4 foot rolls of faux moss I found on clearance at Michaels that I originally picked up to “plant” along my window ledges. I used some spray adhesive to attach the pieces of moss to the sides of the drawer.

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I can plant the bulbs in the garden after they finish blooming to enjoy next year.

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Don’t these apricot-throated daffodils make you smile?

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And if spring had a smell, it would have to be hyacinths!

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Bunnies are multiplying and may hang around through the end of April with Easter so early this year. (Multiplying bunnies from World Market, last year.)

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Hope you’re enjoying some spring blooms, at least indoors, where you are!

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Happy Easter Week!

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  44 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Planting Spring Bulbs in a Drawer!

  1. March 23, 2016 at 6:18 am

    As long as the multiplying bunnies are in your potting shed and not in my garden all is well Mary! Your garden drawer turned out beautifully and I love the colored daffs-enjoy:@)

  2. Linda L
    March 23, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Oh that is so brilliant! Favorite idea for the month. Also thanks for the tip about dampening the moss. I use it often and it crumbles and makes a mess on my counter because it’s so stiff and dry.

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    March 23, 2016 at 6:42 am

    What a great idea!! I have a wire basket that I’m trying to figure out what to do with for summer..this helps. Those apricot daffodils are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing and HAPPY EASTER!!! 🐇💐🐇💐🐇💐

    • March 23, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Ellen, please share how you put those darling bunnies & flowers into your comment??? Inquiring minds want to know!!

      • Ellen Stillabower
        March 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm

        Rettabug, if you are using an iPad, on the keyboard, at the bottom left is a key with a smiley face on it. Touch that key and a whole bunch of icons or emogees come up. If not some place on or around the keyboard area should or could be something to place little figures. Try it and please let me know if you find it and if it works. I have a question for you…is Rettabug a nickname or your last name? I’m asking because my youngest daughter has always been called Jeanbug…I thought it was a funny coincidence..anyway, let me know about the icons. 😍😍😍

    • March 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for the instructions, Ellen, but I don’t have an Ipad so I guess I can’t do the cute graphics. :(
      My nickname Rettabug is from my childhood based on my first name, which got shortened to Rett, then Rettabug when they started calling my little sister “Weeziebug” (her real name is Louise). Both nicknames stuck!

  4. Sherlie Magaret
    March 23, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Beautiful! Daffodils are my favorite early flower and mine are all blooming out in my yard. There are so many this year.

  5. Sue
    March 23, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Gorgeous Mary!!!! And have a Happy Easter!!xoxo

  6. March 23, 2016 at 7:25 am

    That turned out really cute! I do the same thing with plants from WalMart – buy them as decor, then plant afterward. You’re right – a lot of flower power for the $.

  7. March 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Mary,
    Bunny blessings to u and your family!
    Your garden shed is perfect, I can only imagine how gorgeous it smells in there……sure signs of
    spring, love the ~ apricot daffies ~, did u find them at Wal Mart too?

    • March 23, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Hi Jacklyn, Yes, they came from Walmart too! Happy Easter :)

  8. March 23, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Such a cute idea Mary. I LOVE SPRING. My house has eggs, birds and bunnies all year long… xxx…

  9. melinda
    March 23, 2016 at 8:25 am

    how cute is that idea!!! You are inspiring me to do something unusual for this time of year,thanks for sharing

  10. March 23, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Mary, I love your repurposed drawer…what a clever and creative idea! I absolutely love the fragrance of hyacinths…I am sure the potting shed smells heavenly! Happy Easter, Pam @ Everyday Living

  11. Terie
    March 23, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I love this arrangement – very pretty!!! Great tip about the flowers.! I also do this with my local Kroger. After each holiday they mark down plants that didn’t sell I just bought a beautiful apricot colored mini rose bush (after Valentine’s Day sale) for $4.50. Made a nice arrangement for the table and now looks even nicer in the garden. Thank you so much for sharing all your beautiful ideas with us!

  12. Gail
    March 23, 2016 at 8:49 am

    You outdid yourself with cuteness factor

  13. March 23, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Girrrrllll, this is just BRILLIANT! Again, I could just kick myself for tossing out the same stuff that you use to create such lovely vignettes!
    My Walmart didn’t have a single spring flower to be had…I couldn’t believe it! I realize it is still cold up here but sheesh! I found ONE purple hyacinth at a discount store. Sad.
    I just LOVE the look of this precious garden in a drawer. ~~shaking my head in amazement again~~

  14. March 23, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Mary!!!! I know I tell you that I love everything you do, but when I opened your post I just gasped (out loud!) at the first photo. It’s brilliant~~color, composition, idea. I am all in favor of the multiplication of bunnies in the house and yard. Mine stay out all summer, and a few through the snow too! Today I think I must go in search of some apricot daffodils. Linda

  15. Sandi Allen
    March 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Love this! What a great use for old drawers. Thank You for sharing!

  16. March 23, 2016 at 9:43 am

    What a super cute idea! Love the combo of moss and the spring bulbs. I’m still waiting to see mine come out of the ground. First we have to get past this new snow storm that’s coming- grrr…. I have some daffodils with the peach colored throats too- they make a fun addition to yellow ones. The hyacinths are beauties!

  17. March 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Such a clever idea! You have given me yet another idea. I have a wooden wine box that I’m not using for anything. I actually looked for my sheet moss yesterday. I have hidden it from myself. I was going to cover a birdhouse with it.
    I am so excited our little town is getting a Hobby Lobby. It should be finished in the summer. I look forward to it’s completion and I won’t have to drive 45 minutes to a store to get lots of fun things.
    Happy Easter.

  18. Debbie
    March 23, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Love this post. Everything is so fun and cheerful. I was smiling the whole way through!

  19. March 23, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Beautiful photos of your adorable project. Did you plastic line the drawer or just plant the pots on the wood?. So cold here..the bulbs are just peeking out of the ground, I will have to by some I guess, Thanks, Sandi.

  20. March 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Such a lovely idea…I love all of our tropical flowers, but I do miss having daffies and tulips growing in the yard so much…Getting my tulip fix, though…a friend gave my son a lovely pot of tulips for this birthday this past Saturday…they are now gracing our living room!

  21. March 23, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    What a beautiful Easter/Spring vignette you’ve created from an old drawer, Mary. Thanks for the great tutorial on how you arranged it all. Yes, apricot daffodils did make me smile, as did all the rest of your arrangement. Your potting shed looks all spiffy with it’s happy colors of Spring and bunnies.

  22. March 23, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Oh Mary, the cuteness here makes me want to squeal with delight! Too too adorable, and I love the moss on the drawer sides! I’ve never thought of soaking the dried moss to make it look more lifelike, what a great idea! The way you’ve planted the blooms makes them look so natural, and I love the apricot dafs~ Have a wonderful Easter weekend, I’m sure you have some Easter treats for your little bunnies, Chloe and Gracie :)
    Jenna

  23. Melodie Strickland
    March 23, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Quite an unique idea with the wooden drawer with the moss covered bunny and flowers. Our hyacinths have popped out and are blooming in different colors–apricot, purple, pink, white and light pink. They are by our back porch and the scent is heavenly with the windows open. May you and yours have a Happy Easter!!

  24. March 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    What a great idea and it looks terrific. You did such a good job.
    Have a wonderful Blessed Easter.
    Mary

  25. Paula
    March 23, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    ~Mary~
    I love your Easter arrangement it is so pretty , just seeing your pictures makes me smile!! I wish I had time to hop on over to the store and get some of those flowers !! Are the eggs real ?

    Happy Easter !!
    Paula
    IN

  26. Cynthia Raines
    March 23, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Awesome Mary! Daffodils and hyacinths are my favorite spring flowers. I like them as they are so hardy. I like tulips too, but we usually get some heavy rain just as they come out and all their petals end up on the ground. Mary, I just finished my Easter basket with tulips,hyacinths, a small cabbage, carrots, kale as a filler and a small birds nest with eggs. Oh, and of course Mr. Brown Rabbit sitting in the middle of it all! I’m SO pleased! The large basket is sitting on a piece of burlap on my kitchen island and makes me SMILE!! My knock-off of yours turned out pretty good! Thank you~even hubby was impressed.

  27. Cynthia Raines
    March 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    P.S. I forgot to say, and few colored eggs for a bit more color! Love, Love, LOVE it!! :)

  28. March 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Spring in a drawer! Mary, you are always thinking of something totally unique. I love this idea! I have hyacinths blooming on my terrace, and daffodils on my dining room table. It is spring here for sure! Love, love, love this time of year when bulbs are blooming and bunnies are hopping about. Happy Easter to you!

  29. March 23, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    How clever.. And.you can continue to use that drawer for other flower seasons. I just love when I get a post with you in that Potting Shed! Everything so pretty….Happy Easter

  30. March 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    This is absolutely adorable Mary! I have used that faux moss before and love it. Now that I have a potting shed too, I will be trying out this idea. Thank you!!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  31. March 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Really love the quintet of bunnies in the blooms!

  32. March 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    What a most beautiful idea!….I love it…I have some old drawers in the attic…..I must go and try to find them!….you come up with the most creative ideas!

  33. Just Cats
    March 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    So gorgeous.

  34. March 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Hoping you had an EGGcellant Easter! We sure did and still have Colleen here today as her school is closed. She is napping right now:) This is FABULOUS! I now want to find a drawer to plant! Your creativity is boundless!

  35. April 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Great idea and I love the moss on the window sill too :)

  36. emily
    March 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I love this and your information on where to get supplies! Thank you for sharing information and creativity! Where was your shop in your previous life?

  37. March 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    What a cute vignette! Love this idea.

  38. March 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Both gorgeous and brilliant! Love it!
    Found you through BNOTP

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