Recycling Flower Arranging Hack: From Plant Tray to Flower Grid!

Happy Wednesday! I have a Flower Arranging Hack and recycling tip to share, a Garden Center Plant Tray repurposed as a Flower Grid!

 I always seem to have empty plant trays and plastic pots to return for recycling.

 I transported pots of pansies home from the garden center using this tray. I walked by it several times, when I had a light bulb moment. . .the plastic grid designed for plant drainage would be perfect for flower arranging!

The plastic grid is more substantial than chicken wire for supporting stems and a great alternative to wet floral foam for arranging flowers!

I used my hubby’s wire cutters (also referred to as diagonal cutting or side cutting pliers) to snip through the plastic tray holding the round pot ring with the grid. This particular plant tray/pot holder was 5 1/2 inches in diameter and fit inside my urn.

 Endless Summer Hydrangeas are still pushing blooms with our warm fall temperatures, while older blooms have faded to a soft green. I added some vibrant red coleus growing in a summer container and some abelia snipped from the shrubs. Leaves from a sweetgum tree are showing the first signs of fall color and I cut some branches to add to the arrangement.

I started with the foliage first, adding the leaves and the red coleus to establish a framework for the arrangement.

Next, I added the hydrangeas, then the abelia. Last, I added some burgundy foliage from the loropetalum shrubs.

 Here’s an easy formula for a DIY floral preservative you can mix at home to help prolong the life of your cut flowers:

Mix one part lemon-lime soda (regular, not diet) to three parts water, along with 1/2 teaspoon of bleach. The citric acid in the soda help the water travels up the stems to the flowers more rapidly, while providing food in the form of sugar. The bleach helps fight the growth of bacteria, allowing the flowers to stay hydrated and fresh.

Other tips to help your cut flowers last:

Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom for maximum water uptake.

Remove all leaves below the waterline to prevent bacteria in the water.

Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight.

Change your flower water every two days.

Here’s another benefit of this plant tray flower grid that I discovered, you can lift the ring and remove the arrangement to change the water without disturbing the design!

You can find more flower arranging tips here. . .

including another recycling and flower arranging hack, using something you usually throw away!

 You can take your empty plastic pots, plant tags, and trays to Lowe’s for recycling (regardless of where you purchase your plants) if your curbside recycling won’t take them. Once the pots and trays are returned to the store, they are picked up by local vendors and sorted and reusable material is sterilized and reintroduced to the production cycle. Material not deemed reusable is crushed, banded and sent for recycling.

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  26 comments for “Recycling Flower Arranging Hack: From Plant Tray to Flower Grid!

  1. Linda L
    October 25, 2017 at 7:08 am

    What a great idea and great repurposing too! I study ikebana and we always cut our stems under water to help prevent air bubbles forming. This is especially important with roses. Since I’ve learned this technique my flowers last much longer. Just have a deep bowl nearby to submerge the stems and cut away. Great post.

  2. Lanita Anderson
    October 25, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great tips, Mary!! I’ve thrown those trays in the recycled bin so many times…..but what a great idea!! I also loved the idea of using the mesh in the lid of a canning jar. Thank you so much for sharing….blessings to you!

  3. Karen Wright
    October 25, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I just love light bulb moments!!! And that was a great one,Mary!!! Great tips for prolonging the beauty of arrangements. Beautiful mix for flowers for your recycled grid. Just lovely as always! Btw, thanks again for the “Stock the Crock”. 👏👏👏

  4. Cyndi Raines
    October 25, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I will now be on the look-out for flower trays like these. What an awesome idea. Thank you Mary, I have pinned this. You flower arrangement is beautiful!

  5. October 25, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Brilliant! And another stellar arrangement, Mary. We had nearly 2″ of rain Monday and yesterday – much needed, and NOW it looks and feels like fall.

  6. October 25, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Very clever Mary, and thank you for all the tips, I need to keep soda on hand…how do you feel about the package stuff that comes with grocery store flowers, do you think that works? I love how your grid creation can be lifted out to change the water, keeping the arrangement in tack…plus the recycle bonus! Your arrangement is stunning!
    Jenna

    • October 25, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Jenna, I think the packets of floral preservative work best but the lemon-lime soda/bleach works better than plain water if you don’t have any commercial preservative. 🌹🌸🌼

      • October 25, 2017 at 10:47 am

        thank you, I’ve always wondered about this~

  7. Vanessa
    October 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

    What an awesome idea! I have thrown so many of these away. I will be sure to hold on to them from now on. Thanks for the tip. Have a blessed day.

  8. Cheryl
    October 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I love your arrangement. It isso beautiful. I also love the urn with the basket and fruit design. Where did you find it?

    • October 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thanks Cheryl, the urn is from my retail days. I’ve had it about 20 years 🌺🌷🌼

  9. Marilyn Morphis
    October 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Thank you for the great tutorial on flower aranging. I love your posts. ~m

  10. Patricia
    October 25, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Mary, This is genius!

  11. Norma Rolader
    October 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Wow!!!! Great ideas!!! You have put the “YEA”” in using what you can and a little refiguring goes a long way Love the flower arranging tips and the soda/bleach idea for preserving

  12. October 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

    You are so clever! This is a fantastic idea, and this tray seems to be a perfect match for your idea. I’ve never seen one like this, but will be on the watch. I grew up with watching my mom use flower frogs to arrange flowers, and I fortunately I have her frogs – both sentimental and useful! Love the urns!

  13. October 25, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    What a great idea, Mary!! Your arrangement looks fabulous, too. Thanks for your tips!

  14. Marion
    October 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Thank You for these tips.
    Marion

  15. Joan
    October 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    These are terrific ideas. Thank You.
    Joan

  16. Marilyn
    October 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Your suggestions and tips are great. Thank You. Your flowers are beautiful.
    Marilyn

  17. October 25, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Your arrangements look beautiful Mary! I’m always tickled when we can repurpose something:@)

  18. Linda Tietjen
    October 25, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Visiting your blog and enjoying your continued creativity…you are certainly clever! I will definitely use your idea in the future! I saved your idea from earlier post for using the mesh fruit bags…inventive to say the least! I always get ideas from your blog…you are so talented! Thank you for sharing!

  19. October 25, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    What a lightbulb moment, Mary! Beautiful arrangement and tips! Thanks for your inspiration!

  20. Sue
    November 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Greetings From sunny San Diego!🌞 I love your posts and look forward to them regularly. Thank you so much.
    We just bought a cabin in the mountains and I wondered if you would recommend a similar blog with a mountain house, cabin or log home theme. Cheers!

    • November 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Sue, and thanks for visiting from beautiful and sunny San Diego! I have mountain cabin envy. I follow this blog and she lives in the NC mountains. :)

  21. patti a Mastoris
    March 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Hi I was wondering were did you get the teapot with the butterfly on it for your mad hatter wreath

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