Pregnant Onions and Re~Purposed Shakers of Salt

Salt of the Earth!!

I'm the reluctant one when it comes to tossing out those pretty but odd~lot salt and pepper shakers. Because of this, I have developed, over the years, numerous ways to re~purpose them! My most recent re~use is as...

Miniature Bulb Vases !

Easy as One... Two... Three

One: I went to my garden and plucked away three tiny onion bulbs from my pregnant onion (really...that's what they are called!).

Two: I dug up three lonely shakers (all were also sans lids...the center one is slightly broken at the top)cleaned them up and filled them with fresh water.

Three: Using size as my key, I set each bulb atop a water filled shaker and set them all on the window sill of my kitchen. Here they will be allowed to develop stronger, fuller roots so that they will thrive once they are transplanted back into the garden. In the meantime, we will enjoy them as they grow.

Beauty and function...a true frugal luxury!!


So... what do you think???


P.S. I am linking this to Cindy's "Show and Tell" party at

My Romantic Home!!


Audra said...

Frugally fantastic! A beautiful and creative way to recycle salt & pepper shakers. Perfect bud vases, especially when those little vases can cost $6 to $10.00 a piece. I am with you, I find it difficult to toss anything out that might have purpose or be re purposed.

You have given me a wonderful idea...when giving bulbs for a gift, I will be sure to add in some mini vases as well!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Audra, that is a great idea!! How cute that would be to give a set of various sized bulbs in vases...definitely unique! Or...they would also make fun place settings at gatherings/parties~~each guest could take theirs home as a gift!! Even older children (about 8 or more?) would love a take home a little gift like this from a garden tea party and the like!! Thanks so much for inspiring all this thought!

scrappy quilter said...

What an awesome idea. Can I ask you how you come up with these wonderful ideas. Does it just automatically come to you? Again I'm always amazed at what you do and do it well and no cost. Hugs and love

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi Carol. Thank you so much for the kind words and for asking (I have to tell you that I view this question is a huge compliment). I'd be honored to give you a peek into how my brain works, if you're interested.

Most of my ideas are begat by other well as budget constraints, desire and/or need.

As you know, of course, ALL are tempered by my philosophy to use what I already have... as opposed to purchasing anything new.

For example.

The idea for this little project (the salt and pepper shakers as mini bulb holders) was born from the post before it~~where I had used old mason jars as bulb holders.

Because I have been bitten by the gardening bug, I am trying to expand my garden and planters for spring (i.e., my desire/need).

Thus, I began looking around my tiny garden for things to split and/or transplant (a.k.a. free plants :)!

I saw that the pregnant onion I've had for years, had an overabundance of tiny bulbs that needed to be rooted and then replanted.

This brought to mind the recent mason~jar~bulb~project...which caused me to wish the onion bulbs were larger so I could root them inside mason jars too!!

Obviously, that was impossible, due to their tiny size. However, this little detail wasn't going to stop me. :) Instead, it caused me to hunt around the house for tiny rooting vessels that the baby onion bulbs WOULD fit atop.

I was rummaging though one of my china/glass closets to find such a thing when I spied the one~and~lonely salt and pepper shakers!!

I pulled them out and discovered that...not only did they work perfectly...they looked CHARMING!!

While I found several with lids intact, I ended up choosing the shakers with broken (or missing) lids. (I want to reserve those other shakers for future projects~~where the lids might be useful.)

That's it. Not much to it, and probably very much the way everyone else thinks...but...again...thanks so much for asking!

Hope you and your family are enjoying your weekend my kind friend.

Love and hugs,

Bettyann said...

om goodness..what a fun peek into your creative brain...honey i love how you the idea of the salt and pepers shakers...looking forward to your next idea...have a great weekend..

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

LOL you are so funny Bettyann!! Thank you kindly for the nice thoughts. I am spending this weekend trying to make a little more "Order from Chaos" and treasure hunting!! Hope you and you family are enjoying it too!

Cinnamon said...

I left you an award on my blog! It's not a big deal but its there if you want it :) Have a good day.

Dumpster Decorators said...

Sort of like the mason jars but gone petite and sweet.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Thank you so much Cinnamon!! I am honored to be included on your list.

P.S. I love your post on the donated tomato and pepper plants at the Alzheimer's home!!!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Hi DD! Yes, in fact it was the mason jar project I did in the previous post that inspired these!

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