I TURNED MY MARDI GRAS THROW INTO A PLANTER

After countless parades and many hours of catching beads and throws... what do you do with all of your Mardi Gras loot?

Throws are fun to display around your home, especially if you like a more eccentric & quirky style. While my Muses shoes all have a shelf of their own, I wasn't really sure what to do with my Carrollton boot. I tried it here and I tried it there, but nothing was really working. Then a lightbulb went off (don't you love when that happens?) & I thought to convert it into a planter.  I love plants & have had a major obsession with them lately, so I'm not surprised this idea came to mind... I'm always looking for an excuse to have another one :) 

It was SO simple! Here's what I did...

1) PICK YOUR PLANT. I have a big golden pothos out on my porch & I took a cutting from it to use in the boot. Whatever you choose, this type of "planter" will work best with something low maintenance and easy to grow. 

2) DRILL IT. Drill holes into the bottom of the boot. Most plants become prone to root rot, fungal infections, and disease if the soil constantly stays wet, so drainage is a must. First I used a small bit to make small holes then I followed that up with a bigger bit for bigger holes along the backside of the boot.

3) FILL IT. Golden pothos are good in potting soil, but other plants may prefer something different. If you don't have any idea what your plant wants, you can always ask someone at the garden center. Once you get your soil & begin filling,  make sure to tap the boot so the soil gets way down in the toe.

4) PLANT IT. Easy enough.

Ta-da!

 

AS FAR AS BEADS AND DOUBLOONS GO, RECYCLE THEM!
 

ACCORDING TO ARC OF NEW ORLEANS,

25 MILLION POUNDS

OF BEADS & THROWS GO INTO OUR CITY LANDFILLS

EACH YEAR.

SO DONATE THEM BACK TO A KREWE, OR OR DROP THEM OFF AT ANY ARC LOCATION, INCLUDING WHOLE FOODS ON MAGAZINE, ROUSES ON AIRLINE, MARDI GRAS WORLD, AND THE GREEN PROJECT ON MARAIS ST. 

ARC'S RECYCLING CENTER ALSO SELLS RECYCLED THROWS BY THE CRAWFISH SACK (30 LBS). NOT ONLY IS IT A GOOD PRICE *SCORE!* , BUT YOUR SUPPORT ALLOWS THIS PROGRAM TO EMPLOY MANY OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES & DELAYS. *DOUBLE SCORE!*