A Prime Solution and Envelope Upcycle for a Basket Buzzing with Blooms!

Upcycle an Amazon Prime Envelope and create an arrangement buzzing with blooms in honor of National Pollinator Week.

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

Happy Thursday and National Pollinator Week!

Long time readers know that I love all things *bee* and that includes those that buzz and bumble around the garden!

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”  - Elizabeth Lawrence | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”

 – Elizabeth Lawrence

Bees on Lamb's Ear | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

I filled a basket with some garden blooms to hang in welcome on the door of the Potting Shed and to celebrate the bees!

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

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I was buzzing with excitement over this galvanized bee door basket I found at Hobby Lobby at 50% off a few weeks ago.

Galvanized bee door basket with honeycomb design | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

I loved the hexagonal honeycomb cutout design with bees as well as the combination of the rust with the galvanized finish. To use it on the door as a vase for flowers, I needed a liner of some type that would hold water and conceal the flower stems as I didn’t want the stems to detract from the honeycomb detail.

Bee door basket flower arrangement on Potting Shed door | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

The Amazon Prime van pulls in our driveway at least once a week, so we always have envelopes and boxes to recycle. Using an Amazon shipping envelope turned out to *bee* a ‘Prime solution’ ;) serving as a waterproof liner to hold flowers!

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek #upcycle

I placed the envelope inside the basket, trimming the top a couple of inches to fit, while keeping my fingers crossed it would hold water without leaking. . .

Yippee, it was watertight!

 Amazon Prime envelope upcycle! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek #upcycle

I used Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Antique Nickel, leftover from my Whimsical Garden Flower Stakes, to cover the front of the envelope.

Bee door basket flower arrangement on Potting Shed door | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

It dries to the touch in 30 minutes and covers plastic, metal, wood, fiberglass, concrete, wicker, vinyl and more.

 Amazon Prime envelope upcycle! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek #upcycle

Three light coats of spray paint later, the blue lettering and white background of the envelope were gone, now blending with the galvanized finish.

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek #upcycle

Once the envelope was dry, I placed it inside the metal basket.

Bee magnets | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #hydrangeas #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

I used my bee magnets to add some additional *buzz* to the wall basket!

The magnets were originally gold so I gave them a 2-minute makeover, adding some silver highlights, HERE, transforming them with Rub ‘n Buff.

These magnets are currently unavailable but there are some similar ones, here.

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek #upcycle

Now it’s ready to hang and fill with water and flowers!

Endless Summer Hydrangeas and Bee door basket flower arrangement on Potting Shed door | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #hydrangeas #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

I used some hydrangeas from the garden and from my Monday Morning Blooms arrangement for the wall basket.

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

Cut hydrangeas are notorious for wilting, so here’s a handy tip:

Keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting with this easy tip! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #hydrangeas

Keep cut hydrangeas from wilting with Alum!

This works for grocery store hydrangeas, as well as ones from your yard! If you’re using hydrangeas from your garden, cut them in the morning with they are fully hydrated and not stressed from the heat. Cut each stem again at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and dip 1/2 inch of each cut stem in alum powder, found on the spice aisle at the grocery store. Place your dipped hydrangea stems in your vase of room temperature water. For best results, remove the leaves from hydrangeas since they cause evaporation loss and take water from the head of the flower. Hydrangeas are heavy drinkers, so check your water level frequently and top off as needed.

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Verbena Lollipop and Chaste Tree (Vitex) provided some additional blooms and are pollinator favorites. . .

Butterfly and bumblebee | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #hydrangeas #nationalpollinatorweek

From Pollinator.org:

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. Many pollinator populations are in decline attributed to a loss in feeding and nesting habitats. Pollution, the misuse of chemicals, disease, and changes in climatic patterns are all contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinator populations.

Easter Tiger Stripe Swallowtail butterfly and verbena | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #nationalpollinatorweek

Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops; responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat. Pollinators also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.

Bumblebee on Chaste Tree | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #nationalpollinatorweek

Most pollinators (about 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees. About 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals.

Easter Tiger Stripe Swallowtail butterfly and bumblebee on Bee Balm | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #nationalpollinatorweek

Gardeners are encouraged to create pollinator-friendly habitats with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes. Select old-fashioned varieties of flowers whenever possible, since breeding has caused some modern blooms to lose their fragrance and/or the nectar/pollen needed to attract and feed pollinators.

Bee Kind. Find out what you can do to help pollinators. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #nationalpollinatorweek

 Bee Kind to Pollinators:

🐝 Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides. If you must use them, use the most selective and least toxic ones and apply them at night
when most pollinators aren’t active.

🐝 Plant in clusters to create a “target” for pollinators to find.

🐝 Plant for continuous bloom throughout the growing season from spring to fall.

🐝 Select a site that has shelter from wind (by trees and shrubs), has at least partial sun, and can provide water.

🐝 Allow material from dead branches and logs remain as nesting sites; reduce mulch to allow patches of bare ground for ground-nesting bees to utilize; consider installing wood nesting blocks for wood-nesting natives.

DIY Bee Watering Station | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #bees #DIY #nationalpollinatorweek

🐝 Make a Safe and Easy Bee Watering Station for Pollinators

Bees and other pollinators all need fresh water to drink. Honey bees use water to regulate the temperature of the hive, feed young bees, and dilute stored honey. A deep water source like a creek, lake or even birdbath puts bees at risk of drowning or being food for other predators, as they can’t swim. Providing a safe water source is simple and fun way to help pollinators. You put together a watering station in just minutes in your garden, making it as simple or as decorative as you like!

Bee door basket flower arrangement using an Amazon Prime envelope! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

Bee magnet on wreath hanger | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

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National Pollinator Week | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek

Find helpful tips for attracting Hummingbirds to your garden, HERE,

along with an easy nectar recipe to slow down spoilage and the best way to clean your feeders.

You’ll also find a method to revive a tired feeder and give it a refresh.

Tips to Attract Hummingbirds | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #garden #hummingbirds #nationalpollinatorweek

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DIY Basket Liner + Flower Arrangement using an Amazon Prime Envelope #flowers #DIY #garden #bees #nationalpollinatorweek #upcycle ©homeiswheretheboatis.net

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  43 comments for “A Prime Solution and Envelope Upcycle for a Basket Buzzing with Blooms!

  1. Kathy Menold
    June 24, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Mary, Thankyou for reminding all your readers the importance of our pollinators and that this was National Pollinator Week. My Vitex are in bloom and I was noticing that they were alive with bees of various kinds yesterday. I can hear the trees buzz at certain times of the day.. I reminded my husband to leave some patches of clover when he cuts the lawn and I refreshed my bee bath in the garden so they can take a safe drink. So important to protect these little busy pollinators.

    • June 25, 2021 at 9:04 am

      Thank you for sharing such great tips about keeping the hydrangeas fresh and facts about bees. Your flowers are gorgeous and I love what you did with the container. Pinning for later. It was so fun being on the hop with you.

  2. Ann Woleben
    June 24, 2021 at 7:40 am

    What a clever idea for lining the bee basket to hold water and flowers! Happy Pollinator Week!

  3. Rita C.
    June 24, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Perfect! Even the design on the bubble envelope coordinates!

  4. Sue Ellen
    June 24, 2021 at 7:47 am

    What a clever way to make something cute into something more practical. I never would have thought of using a shipping bag as a waterproof liner! I love how it turned out (and share your love for pollinators).

    • Clara
      June 24, 2021 at 9:09 am

      Happy Pollinator Week! What a clever idea that we’ll certainly use. That’s such a cute bee door basket! Your pics showing all the beautiful flowers with the bees and butterflies are always a joy to see. Hope the cooler weather we had the past couple of days here makes it over to you. It was truly wonderful. Enjoy your day, Mary. Clara❤️

  5. June 24, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Happy National Pollinator Week Mary, I have learned so much about the importance of bees from you, and your Hobby Lobby find was certainly meant to Bee! How clever to spray paint the Amazon mailer and a great way to upcycle! So cute and perfect are the added bee magnets, and adding blooms that are pollinator favorites with the hydrangeas…such a pretty celebration of summer and all things bee!

  6. June 24, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Very cute, can’t be a gardener and not love bees!

  7. June 24, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Great recycle solution to a beeeeautiful DIY!! I was in HL last week too and yes everything summer was 50% off…I had to resist due to lack of space! Thank you for a really cute idea!! BEE SAFE!! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

  8. Gail Griffin
    June 24, 2021 at 9:07 am

    What a fun way to promote and celebrate Pollinator Week, Mary! And a terrific idea to use an Amazon mailer as a liner! Very creative and unique. Perfect for your lovely container and flowers!

  9. June 24, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Happy Pollinator Week! Mary, you amaze me with your creativity. I don’t think I would have ever looked at that envelope and thought it could hold flowers. Have a wonderful day!

  10. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
    June 24, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Mary, you always have the best ideas! Your buzzing bee container is so pretty with your beautiful flowers. Bees are so important to our environment, and you have shared some wonderful tips with us. Happy Thursday!

  11. June 24, 2021 at 9:53 am

    You are so creative. I didn’t know about Alum to keep hydrangeas fresh. Will try that. Thank you!

  12. June 24, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Love the project and especially the message about National Pollinator week Mary! Brilliant idea to use the envelope; it’s so perfect in that container.

  13. Melody Reed
    June 24, 2021 at 10:54 am

    You find the most interesting items to work with, you’re creative eye must always be buzzing!

  14. Betsy
    June 24, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Hi Mary,

    Does the Alum work for all cut flowers or strictly the hydrangeas? Also, what type of fertilizer are you using on your hydrangea plants? They look spectacular as do all the flowers in your garden!

    I’ll never look at an Amazon mailer the same again. Perfect solution for my half-basket flower container that hangs on the door, thanks!

  15. June 24, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Mary, what a smart way to reuse your Prime envelope! I love bee-themed decor too, and your door basket turned out darling! It is always a pleasure to visit your gorgeous garden! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  16. June 24, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Clever Mary… that’s your new name! You recycled and made a lovely “vase” for your Bee Flower Basket.
    And I’m so happy that you are spreading the word about our beloved bees!
    Enjoy the rest of your Beeutiful week!

  17. mhhwarmcozy
    June 24, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Mary I love my little bee pollinators and am always happy to accommodate them. Your recycled vase is so clever and turned out great.
    I have mop head hydrangeas plus a newly planted lime light hydrangea that is busting out with blooms (insert happy dance) I am looking forward to the alum trick to prolong them.

  18. Marehelm1
    June 24, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Very cool that you recycled this and love your creativity. Thanks

  19. June 24, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Bravo on the cute find and the clever solution for holding water. Score on both! I may need to stop into Hobby Lobby and see if one of these buzzes my way. I’m always up for something bee related.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas and all the beauty from your garden. It’s hot here, but the garden is somewhat presentable once again. Here’s to our friendly pollinators!

  20. Cyndi Raines
    June 25, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Only you would have been so creative to think of using the Prime envelope as a vase for your awesome new bee flower container! It is so cute and so you! Thank you for all the educational information on pollinators. We learn so much from you, Mary! ♥️🐝 Today, my aqua birdhouse arrived earlier than projected and I am over the moon happy! It is larger than I expected, but I didn’t take the time to read the dimensions, I just loved yours and ordered mine, hehe. Did you spray a clear protective coat on it or leave it as is? I don’t want the elements to do damage to it. Also, the opening isn’t big enough for my hand and I don’t believe the top comes off, so not sure how I will clean it out if a bird does build a nest in there. Guess I could shake it out….Any suggestions? Thanks Mary.

    • June 26, 2021 at 9:04 am

      Thank you Cyndi! I hope you enjoy your birdhouse, she’s a big one. :) I use mine decoratively inside my shed, moving it outside for photos. It doesn’t have a clean out unfortunately. I would definitely apply a couple of coats of spray sealer to give it some protection for outdoor use. Happy Weekend ♥

      • Cyndi Raines
        June 27, 2021 at 1:06 am

        Thanks Mary. Yes , I will spray a light coat or two of protective sealer on it in case it ever makes it outside. Currently, it is sitting on a cute off white table that has 4 drawers in front and I have a burlap cloth on it with my beautiful garden tools you gave me with some small white ceramic birds and 2 pillar candles in almost the same shade of aqua / turquoise. It makes a lovely “outdoors vignette” and it may just stay there for a while, hehe. 😁

  21. June 25, 2021 at 9:27 am

    I love all the helpful tips in this post! Thanks, Mary!

  22. June 25, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    Such an informative post…and I always keep a few rocks in my birdbaths…! And plant flowers or the pollinators. And I’m hoping for ‘cuttable’ hydrangeas this year… and your tip is so welcome. I had forgotten that Alum was the secret. Thanks! Sandi

    • Denise Marie
      June 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      Great ideas, and the bee bath and recycled envelope are so pretty! Do the bees need a water source all summer, or just now? Thanks Denise 🐝

      • June 25, 2021 at 6:43 pm

        Thanks Denise, The bees need a clean and safe water source all summer. :)

  23. Paula
    June 25, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Mary !
    Beautiful as always !! Did you make the base for the bee bath ??!!!
    I think I better go to Hobby Lobby :)
    Thanks , have a super weekend!!

  24. June 25, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I recent purchased some baskets for my front doors. Now I shall “bee” 🐝 on the lookout for these envelopes that appear on my porch from time to time.
    Love the 🐝 utiful door basket. I have been planting more butterfly and bee loving plants. 🐝 utiful post Mary.

  25. June 26, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Mary! Your new galvanized hanging backer is just the bees knees!! Aren’t you clever in spraying the envelope front?? The arrangement is so pretty and those magnetic bees are the perfect embellishment. I need to go to Hobby Lobby!

  26. June 28, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Mary, what a great way to reuse all those Amazon plastic mailing bags. Never would have thought to use them to line a basket. You are brilliant! And spray painting them too. The flowers in the basket should stay happy and pretty.

  27. July 1, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Mary, you are so incredibly clever and resourceful! This is such a great idea and I will definitely use it to keep my fresh blooms happy in the summer heat. Those magnetic bees are just adorable and I love how you added silver highlights to them. The details are perfect! It is always so much fun to hop with you!

  28. July 1, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    I love this, Mary! This is so clever and resourceful! What a clever idea to keep your summer blooms so fresh! I also love the adorable bees, highlighted in silver. Your details are always just perfect! It is always fun to hop with you!

  29. teresa
    June 29, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    can’t find the article about hydrangeas and reconstituting them.

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