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Planting Pansies in a Basket – DIY Beautify

white wicker basket, purple pansies

Tips for planting pansies in a thrifted basket to use either indoors or
outdoors for a beautiful pop of Spring color

Spring has sprung and if you’re like me, you are loving all the blooms and
craving color in your home and yard!

Today we’re talking about container gardening and I’m sharing easy tips for
creating a basket filled with pansies. You can use the planted basket indoors
or out, and I’ll share more ideas below.

Pinterest Challenge

It’s Pinterest Challenge, hosted by the amazing 
Cindy of County Road 407
and the team is sharing lots of ideas for creating beautiful container
gardens. If you hopped over here from
Kristin at White Arrows Home, welcome! I am always inspired by her ideas! You will find all the links at
the bottom of my post.


Our inspiration image comes from 
Carlene at Organized Clutter. Her garden post is an oldie, but filled with so many inspiring ideas for
container gardening. She uses many old containers,
that some might consider junk, and they are spilling over with
beautiful blooms! You’ll want to head over and take a closer look because
there’s just so much to see! If you love flowers, you will be amazed at all
the ideas. And I’m personally excited to make my own vintage Jello mold
toadstools to add to a future garden.

If you’re new to Pinterest Challenge, our goal is to use the
inspiration as just that – not necessary to recreate the look in its
entirety, but rather the  feel. It’s always fun to see all the
variety we get from this talented group!

Update on our housing situation

Mr DIY and I will not be renewing the lease on our MS home later this Spring.
We don’t know yet where we’ll be moving, but we’re already packing (pray for
me!). This home has served us so well for the 2 years we’ve lived here, but
it’s time to move on. We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we wait with
hope and expectation for God to direct our path and our next steps in this

Last year we planted a garden and had dozens of pots filled with flowers and
plants from dragon fruit to herbs to hydrangeas started from leaf

This year, with a move on the horizon, we are not planning to do any of that.

You can easily enjoy the look of a planted container, even if it’s for a
limited time. No mess, no fuss, no commitment!

I absolutely love the idea of using thrifted or just old pieces as containers
for flowers. There is something so exciting about seeing bright, beautiful
blooms in something old and rustic!

How to plant pansies in a wicker basket

Last Fall I thrifted this long white handled basket. I think I paid $2.99 for it
and I knew it would be a great vessel for Spring flowers. At the time, I wasn’t
sure if I would use real or faux flowers, I just knew the basket was too good to
pass up.

Fast forward to about a month ago when I spotted pansies at our local Home
Depot. Pansies are one of my favorite Spring flowers, they are vibrant and so
cheerful looking!

I purchased 5 pansies for $1.98 each, brought them home and set them on our
back patio where they would get lots of sun and rain.

I decided to plant them in the white thrifted basket while LEAVING THEM in
their growing pots. Pansies don’t have a really long growing season here in
Mississippi. Once the weather heats up, they are done. We have had a cool
Spring so far, and they have been thriving, but I know their time is limited.

Here is what I used to temporarily plant pansies in a wicker basket.


  • long wicker basket
  • 5 pansy plants
  • plastic bags
  • moss

If you have no plans to move anytime soon 😉 and want to 
permanently plant your flowers in the container you’re using,
you’ll need to:

  1. poke draining holes in bottom of vessel
  2. remove plants from store pots
  3. add extra soil to fill in container

Tips to temporarily plant pansies in a basket

The beauty of using a basket, bucket or other container for your plants is that
they can easily be moved. Brought inside and taken back out, or moved around the
yard to take advantage of rain, sun and even shade when needed!

Adding pansies to a basket really couldn’t be easier, but I’ll show you below
exactly what I did so you can recreate this at home if you’d like.

Step One – Line basket

I used white plastic bags because they match my basket and are less likely
to be seen through the wicker. I folded the edges of the bags to tuck them
down into the bottom of the basket.

The plastic bags protect the basket from moisture and soil. Of course,
you’ll want to be careful not to overwater as you don’t want your plants
sitting in a pool of water that can’t drain. 

Tip: You could always poke a few holes in the bottom of the plastic bags
to allow drainage, especially if your basket will stay outside.

Step Two – Add flowers

I left the pansies in their store pots, and inserted them into the
plastic-lined basket. Before doing this, I removed any dead leaves and
flowers. Five pots of pansies was the perfect size for this wicker basket. I
was able to nestle them close together.

Step Three – Fill in with moss

I used handfuls of green moss and tucked it around the edges of the basket
to hide the plastic bag and pots. This really is the finishing touch that
makes your basket look full and lush.

Additional tips:

  • be sure to water the pansies thoroughly the day before planting them in
    a basket (this keeps the moisture level under control)
  • I would suggest when watering to water more often with less water (this
    prevents sogginess)
  • if using basket of flowers inside the house, take outside every couple
    days for sunshine (this encourages new blooms and keeps the plants

I’m using this basket of pansies as a centerpiece in my kitchen. There’s
nothing like fresh flowers inside the house!

I have been taking the pansies outside for sun every couple of days, and they
have been thriving for a month now with continuous blooms!

Be sure to visit
CoCo of The Crowned Goat next and see how she used a wheelbarrow for her container garden – so clever!
The full line up of gardening ideas is below.

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