My favorite gift to give someone is something that will last for a really long time, perhaps years. I love to give plants. I enjoy having green things littering my apartment and adding a bit of nature inside a very organized, simple space. Usually plants will last a long time and grow to overabundance, and then they can pass a little piece of their plant along to someone new. My favorite way to give away a cut of plant is recycling old wine bottles.
It’s so easy to reuse for multiple things, but here is what well need.
Stem of a cut plant about two weeks old
Take a piece of one of your plants that is ready to be replanted. Place that cut of plant in a jar of water and wait till you start to see roots growing from the bottom. Usually this takes about two weeks or so, but every plant differs. If you can, research your type of plant and find out where is the best place to cut to replant. Some plants you’ll see where they are bending to plant roots from a new shoot. That is the best place to cut.
Take the wine bottle (or any glass bottle you have) and clean it, and peal off the labels if you want. Take the rubber band and place it level around the wide part of the wine bottle right below the neck. Here you can adjust to find the perfect size of container you want by moving the rubber band up or down the bottle.
Take your glass cutter and score around the rubber band. Make sure you make a one clean score. If you score the same spot repeatedly, you can sometimes make the cut uneven. Now you can take the rubber band off, and then heat a pot of boiling hot water. Run your kitchen faucet on a steady thin flow on cold water. Run the area of the wine bottle that was scored under the cold water from the faucet rotating it all the way around. Then pour the hot water from the teapot over the same area. Repeat multiple times until you start to see or hear the glass cutting along the score line. Repeat until the neck of the wine bottle slides off a perfect cut from the bottom of the bottle. Take some rough sand paper and sand down the edges of the glass.
Take some potting soil and fill the bottom of the bottle up and plant the stem in the bottle. Water the plant so that the soil sets and the plant starts to Wrap a ribbon around the bottle and you are ready to go! Give it away to the next house warming party, a neighbor, or as a holiday gift.