Do you live near a Chick-fil-A restaurant? Thankfully, I do. And also thankfully, I’m part of the Chick-fil-A Mom’s Panel. This means that I get coupons to try delicious CFA food every now and then in exchange for sharing CFA stuff on my social media. No problem there, because I love their food, as well as their impeccable service and values.
So. Recently I was challenged to recycle (well, “upcycle” is the current term) a Chick-fil-A soup container. Hmmmm. What would you make with an empty fast-food soup container?
Since my daughter and I had recently been to a bonsai club meeting, and since we are always in need of more plant containers, I decided to try using the soup dish as a pot.
This is about as easy of a recycling (oops, upcycling) project as you can get. All I did was, first, poke a hole in the bottom of the bowl for drainage. One thing I’ve learned in bonsai club, and trust me I am no bonsai expert, is that all houseplant pots should have drainage holes. Otherwise, you almost certainly will have a plant with rotting roots.
We added soil and chose a plant. We decided on a cactus. These bowls are pretty shallow, so you wouldn’t want to choose a very big plant or one with very long roots. This particular little cactus was pretty root-bound in his current pot, and I think he was glad to get a new home. Gardening note: did you know that, when you re-pot a plant, it’s often a good idea to trim its roots slightly too? And if you prune a plant on top, it’s a good idea to trim its roots back a similar proportion (maybe I learned more from bonsai club than I give myself credit for).
I finished up (actually, daughter #3 did. She is the artsy designer of the family) by adding a stone and a few accent pieces to the top of the soil. And, I placed the lid underneath the pot to collect excess water after watering.
Nice! These would be great containers for any small plants. I can even envision a nice window display with several of these.
Have you ever upcycled a Chick-fil-A container (or another fast food one)? How did you do it?