Upcycle an Amazon Prime Envelope for a Basket Buzzing With Blooms!

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$15
2 Hours
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Upcycle an Amazon Prime Envelope and create an arrangement buzzing with blooms in honor of National Pollinator Week.

I love all things *bee* and that includes those that buzz and bumble around the garden! I filled a basket with some garden blooms to hang in welcome on the door of the Potting Shed and to celebrate the bees!

I was buzzing with excitement over this galvanized bee door basket I found at Hobby Lobby at 50% off a few weeks ago.

I loved the hexagonal honeycomb cutout design with bees as well as the combination of the rust with the galvanized finish. To use it on the door as a vase for flowers, I needed a liner of some type that would hold water and conceal the flower stems as I didn’t want the stems to detract from the honeycomb detail.

The Amazon Prime van pulls in our driveway at least once a week, so we always have envelopes and boxes to recycle. Using an Amazon shipping envelope turned out to *bee* a ‘Prime solution’ ;) serving as a waterproof liner to hold flowers!

I placed the envelope inside the basket, trimming the top a couple of inches to fit, while keeping my fingers crossed it would hold water without leaking. . .yippee, it was watertight!

I used Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Antique Nickel, leftover from my Whimsical Garden Flower Stakes, (link to DIY flower stakes in blog post) to cover the front of the envelope. It dries to the touch in 30 minutes and covers plastic, metal, wood, fiberglass, concrete, wicker, vinyl and more.

Three light coats of spray paint later, the blue lettering and white background of the envelope were gone, now blending with the galvanized finish. Once the envelope was dry, I placed it inside the metal basket.

I used my bee magnets to add some additional *buzz* to the wall basket!

Now it’s ready to hang and fill with water and flowers!

I used some hydrangeas from the garden for the wall basket.

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Verbena Lollipop and Chaste Tree (Vitex) provided some additional blooms and are pollinator favorites.


Click over via the blue "go" button below to visit the blog post and find:


  • How to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting
  • What you can do to help pollinators
  • Links to DIY Bee Watering Station and DIY Garden Flower Stakes
  • More photos and 10 other creative craft projects

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat and help support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.


Bee Kind! Find out what you can do to help pollinators, HERE.

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  • Judy Judy on Jun 29, 2021

    I knew someone someday would come up with a great idea for those Amazon mailers. thanx for that.

  • Jackson Jackson on Jun 29, 2021

    Oh I love this shed ! Your idea is good, too, but I LOVE THIS SHED

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