How to Plant a Bag of Blooms

I’m just loving being out in the garden these days. We went to our local garden nursery recently and bought a bunch of annuals for our planters and containers.

We also stopped off at the Salvation Army store and I saw a lovely wicker purse, and I knew immediately that I wanted to use it as a planter. The zipper was broken so it only cost me $1.

I love using unusual things as planters, and it’s so easy to make a bag of blooms.

How to Make a Purse Planter

I found the purse on the left at another thrift store for $2. And even though I loved it I knew I would never use it as an actual purse, so I decided it had to join the planting party.

All I needed was a couple of plastic bags and some pea gravel. I used bags that hold the kitty litter in the kitty litter boxes that we buy, and we have a small pile of pea gravel left over from some path projects that we did a few years ago.


How to Make a Purse Planter

First I made sure the bags had no holes in them, and then I cut them to size and inserted them into the purses. I poured about 2 inches of pea gravel into the bottoms to give the soil a little bit of drainage and also to add some weight to the purses so they’d sit nicely.


How to Make a Purse Planter

Then I added the potting soil. I always use Miracle Gro.



How to Make a Purse Planter

I used a pretty pink petunia hanging planter in this one. I just took the whole plant out of its pot and put it into the bag and filled in any gaps with potting soil.



How to Make a Purse Planter

And the hot pink sunny impatiens for this one were in small 4″ pots.

When watering these purses I’ll use a can with a narrow spout so I don’t get water all over the purses, and if I know rain is coming I’ll be putting them under cover.


How to Make a Purse Planter

And here they are, sitting on the steps of my back deck. This was such an easy and fun project.


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Quick & easy repurposed wicker purse planter

So the next time you see a purse or a tote at a thrift store or garage sale pick it up and give this a try.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I think they are so pretty and adorable! What a great idea!

    1. Maria Barron says:

      Those purses are so pretty and your idea of putting flowers in them is Precious. Nice job. I’ll be on the lookout for nice purses at Goodwill. ??????????

      1. Thanks very much Maria! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous. Love that you used something interesting and unexpected to plant them in. They must bring a huge smile to your face every time you go up your stairs.

  3. This is beautiful and so clever! I will definitely have to remember this for next year when I plant 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


  4. Oh my goodness, how ingenious!! I see these types of purses all the time at thrift stores, and while I really love them, they are way too scratchy to carry around. I LOVE!! this idea and the handles will make them so easy to move around. Wonderful! :)))

  5. What a cute idea! I love it! They look so pretty sitting on your steps. Pinned it! Thanks so much for sharing (saw it on Show Me What you Got)!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

  6. What a fun idea! I love it….:) I never would have thought to do this, but it is so pretty. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for just the right bag!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  7. Now that is adorable. I think those would make adorable gifts.

  8. Wow, these are so colorful….I did this years ago with an old wicker purse too. But love your colorful totes even more!

  9. You are so smart and clever, what a wonderful way to use adorable straw purses. They look so pretty and are different that anybody else will have around you. I love this, what an inspiration. So glad you shared this. Very versatile and thrifty also. Happy summer

  10. Oh my gosh! This is the cutest idea! I am going to the thrift store tomorrow looking for summer bags! I love this! 🙂 Pinning!

  11. Great Idea using purses for planters, very cute! Thanks for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays!


  12. How clever! I never would have thought to do this! So cute!

    Therena @ littlebitofpaint.blogspot.com

  13. Cute idea, I always come across those bags at thrift shops. Thanks for the inspiration. I am coming over from linky party. Kathy

  14. What a fun and clever idea!. This would be a cute idea for indoor plants as well. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party! Looking forward to seeing what you're going to link up next week.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

  15. This is the cutest idea and a great excuse for me to buy those cute summer totes. Love it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. What a great idea. I have just the basket – red and yellow straw – sitting in the attic. I love it when I can do a project on the cheap.

  17. Delightful and something I have seen but never done. Your post is making me rethink and old basket/purse that I was going to Goodwill. They may have to wait until next year. 😀 Thanks for sharing.

  18. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. What a wonderful idea! I see straw purses every time I go thrift shopping and this is just so cute:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  20. That is ador able! I love both of them and now will be making a trip to GW!!! Thanks for the inspiration! XO, pinky

  21. What a great idea im gona paint my purses before I plant in them then I wont have to bring them in when it rains

  22. I love these. You better believe I'll be on the look out at yard sales and thrift stores for purses now. Pinning.

  23. Love, love these! Wish it was Spring time instead of Fall, but guess I could do this with Fall mums.
    Love your site!!

    1. Thanks so much Marie! Fall mums would be just beautiful.