One of the things people don't realize about being green is that the most sustainable thing you can do is not buying at all. New products, even ones that are earth concious, require materials and processes that could otherwise be saved if you just use what you already own (or buy something vintage).
This is a project made with things I already had around my apartment - except, of course, the paperwhite bulbs. Earth Day is actually a hoarders favorite holiday!
- jars : the two clear jars once contained home-made fleur de sel carmel and strawberry preserves. the blue one I found in a thrift store at the coast
- ribbon : the canvas ribbon was saved from a christmas present Amanda gave me two years ago, and the fern embroidered ribbon is vintage from the Sally Shim tag sale.
- ziva paperwhite bulbs
- the paperwhite bulbs pictured have roots and a little sprout because I had already "started" them for a work project. Though they aren't very pretty, starting with just a bare bulb is ideal. Luckily, they start growing about 48 hours after they're placed over water
- tie old ribbon around the old jars.
- fill the jar with at least 2 inches of rocks. The bulbs don't require any nutrients from them, just a place to anchor their roots
- fill the jar with water, stopping about a 1/4 inch from the rocks surface. If the bulb sits in water it could rot.
- allow the bulb to root in a cool dark place. Once leaves start to push through the husk, put it in filtered sunlight and get ready for paperwhite blooms. they'll look something like this.
(photos and project design) by Samantha Shorey