Welcome to the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Today is the 9th December which means I am sharing my 9th Christmas DIY with you.
Christmas can be a seriously expensive time of year and so I will be sharing DIY Christmas gift ideas as well as some thrifty decor ideas to help you to stay on budget this December.
On the 9th DIY of Christmas Thrifty Londoner sent to me…
POTTED PLANT GIFTS
I have written before about the best ways to buy plants on a budget for your own home, but plant gifts make a thoughtful gift for any plant lover- and the best part is, that you can create them from plants that you already own- making them the perfect thrifty gift.
If you have your own garden, taking cuttings of your favourite plants, turning them into seedlings and then potting them is an easy, cheap gift for anyone. Even if you’re a Londoner like me, with no garden, you can still make plant babies from your indoor plants too!
To grow a seedling from a cutting, you will need to take a cutting from a mature plant, and then place it in a small jar of water until it grows a root. This shouldn’t take too long, and once you have a root, you can pot it into soil and wait for it to grow.
Sometimes, you will be able to grow plant gifts from succulent plants when they grow a small baby plant alongside them. All you need to do, is dig up the baby plant (which will already have roots) and then re-pot it as a gift for someone else!
The seedling part of this gift should cost you nothing, but to add a finishing touch, you may want to pot the plant into a new pot which suits the recipient of the gift- for example, in the photo above, I have bought a cat themed plant pot for this seedling and added a ribbon around the top.
You can buy beautiful plant pots fairly inexpensively from high street homeware stores (this cat pot is from H&M Home), or you can often find them in charity shops for a new pounds.
If you want to make this a truly thrifty gift, you could buy a terracotta pot (usually around £1 for a medium size) and paint this with some acrylic paint.
Plant gifts don’t come cheaper than that!
Check out the rest of the 12 DIYs of Christmas here:
Day 1: a hand embroidered tee
Day 3: upcycle a photo frame
Day 4: how to make a pomander
Day 5: how to make felt baubles
Day 6: gingerbread fudge recipe
Day 9: a potted seedling gift
Day 10: make your own Santa sack
Day 11: a handmade wreath
Day 12: a pom pom garland