DIY Houseplants: This Is Cooler Than It Sounds (I Promise!)

It’s almost March. I am absolutely GAGGING for Spring to get it’s ass here already – the snow never really came to Toronto which I am happy/sad about. I have all these romantic memories of snow but well at this point, the good kind of snow isn’t going to happen so let’s just get on with the next season please… Mother Nature likely won’t totally let go until May so I figure filling the interior of your home with lots of stunning self made houseplant arrangements is the way to go. There are lots of elegant and easy ideas out there, you just have to pick the right one for you (green thumb versus brownish thumb versus black thumb!).

Don’t want to cram your house full of lots of different needy little plants?

beautiful white berry plantBuy a really unusual or unique looking plant like this one featured on photographer frl.klein’s blog. Plant it in a vintage tin or unique container. Wham bam, thank you mam.

Not totally sure about houseplants? Do something easy like a terrarium.

mini terrarium diyAdorable party favor terrariums spotted on Design*Sponge. You can order your own glass jars to make them here.

Don’t want to invest a lot of money or time? Spring bulbs like these hyacinths are the perfect solution…In el cheapo glass mugs of course!

simple spring bulbs in glass cups diySpotted on the Ikea blog, Livet Hemma

I featured these once before but they deserve a second run… The teabag tin line up!

herbs in tea tins diySpotted on The Lark

Love these industrial cement planters. Hardy and can be painted!

cement planters succulents Spotted on the ever inspiring Martha Stewart 

Don’t think you can have REAL flowers in the home? Amelia’s got just the thing for you, fakers!

fake succulents Created on House Pretty

Bring outdoor terracotta in. Simple. Walk into local garden shop. Buy terracotta pot. Slap it on a plate… Go to local plant/florist, buy a plant you like.

jade plant in terracotta potPhotography by the blue hour

Think outside the box… Grab unusual ‘holders’ and transform them into a plant home.

Spotted on the Ikea blog, Livet Hemma

Some plants are a lot hardier (ie can withstand more than others can) but some are just damn pretty. Like this one (it’s called a fiddle leaf fig tree – fancy dancy!)

large fiddle fig leaf plant torontoEmma from Marion House Book is lucky to have this beaut in her house.

Using fun vintage vases is an inexpensive way to bring more plants into your home

succulents in vintage plantersCreated on Miss Modish

One of my all time favourite images of a collection of houseplants (a styled plant vignette I would say – you could easily create this type of thing in your home as well)

collection of plants togetherSpotted on Old Brand New 

More advice. Start small, don’t invest too much money until you feel more committed (ie you stop killing plants and check out places like Ikea, plant sales and grannies for plants. Grannies are an excellent source of getting off shoots etc.

Don’t have much space? Go up – use the airspace

hanging spider plants Reinvented tin cans – with spider plants in them (the easiest houseplants ever!). Spotted on Wabi-Sabi Wanderings

Would take years to get a plant to be this ‘long’ but a cascading plant is great as it almost becomes live art in your home

cascading string of pearl succulent From Going Home to Roost


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  • Yes, I need to get me a spider plant – I remember it was MY houseplant growing up and I swear that thing lasted 13 years!

  • I love having plants around, and these are great ideas on how to display them. I especially like the formpan used as a pot, very cool.

  • Sheila @SZInteriors

    What a great post! I love all the photos 🙂