Introducing Pop Up Pots!

A designer, portable plant pot that pops!

Pop Up Pots are something that I have had in mind for many years. It started as an idea to find a way to easily post a pot. One reason our Gifts of Seeds have done well is that they’re a gift that is so easy to post as a letter. I always wondered how I could create a pot that is also able to be posted as a letter to compliment the Gifts of Seeds. I trialled a laser cut flat packed pot at one time but found that it went horribly mouldy when planted with soil, so that idea was binned. Years later I came across an environmentally friendly, flexible material that had me thinking. Surely with a bit of origami and paper science I could create a pot that folds flat but still looks great?

About a million hours of cutting, folding and research followed and eventually a form came together. Then I parked the idea again. With a 6 month old baby on my hips, a 4 year old and a busy little business, the timing just didn’t feel right.

One year later, Daniella our wonderful designer was visiting us in Maleny and she asked me about it, having heard me talk about it before.  She said, ‘I think you should just go for it, I think it is a good idea’. Which was the little push I needed to set about making it happen again.

Dany and I did some brainstorming on the designs that could go on the pot and I set about finalising the shape. Then Dany started doing the watercolour artworks and a little while later we had Pop Up Pots in production!

Designing the packaging was next so I spent what felt like another million hours playing around with cardboard and scissors and researching packaging until I had something I felt would justify the product. Daniella helped with the illustration, layout and hand written fonts as usual, and after many late nights and hours of me trying my hardest to be a graphic designer, I got the design done and off to the printers.

We launched Pop Up Pots at Life Instyle and it was received with a lot of interest and lots of orders taken which was a relief! It has been a while since we’ve launched something completely new to the market so I was quite nervous about it. We are very excited that it is now being shipped out to stockists around the country 🙂

Here is the Press Release we put together, which sums up the product quite nicely so I’m just going to leave this here 🙂

Pop Up Pot is a stylish foldable pot ready for planting. Available in two beautiful watercolour designs, this flat-pack planter assembles with a quick pop and a push.

Designed for direct planting or as a pot plant sleeve, this is an exciting addition to the plant lover’s wish list. Pop Up Pot is designed and made in Australia from 100% recycled and carbon neutral polypropylene.

Pop Up Pots feature landscape watercolours by Melbourne artist Daniella Germain. One artwork is inspired by the Glasshouse Mountains, iconic landmarks of Sow ’n Sow’s Maleny-based operations. The second design is inspired by the Victorian coastal landscape, home of the artist. 

Sow ‘n Sow’s foundations are firmly rooted in eco friendly, waste-free gifts for garden and plant lovers. The brand’s founder and Creative Director, Michelle Brady says her own burgeoning indoor plant collection was lacking affordable pots to house them. 

“I love my indoor plants but I was finding it hard to find stylish and affordable pots to house them in. When I discovered the recycled polypropylene sheet I spent many hours playing with origami to create a pot that folds flat as well as being a design element in my home”. 

With online shopping growing year on year, Sow ’n Sow also saw the opportunity to create a product which is simple and cost effective to ship. Pop Up Pots can be inserted into an C5 envelope and posted anywhere in the world for the cost of a letter. 

Pop Up Pots will be available from early August online and in boutique gift shops, florists and eco retailers Australia wide with an RRP of $16. Not only are these flat-pack pots a stylish and affordable gift or addition to any home, they are perfect for under $20 Christmas gifts. 

AT A POP:

Innovative: A folded pot that assembles instantly. Plant directly or use as a pot sleeve

Ethical: 100% designed and made in Australia

Eco: Made from 100% recycled, waste material

Original: Features original watercolour artworks by artist Daniella Germain

Affordable: $16 per piece, posts in a C5 envelope as a letter

How to Make a Pressed Flower Frame

If you’re wondering what to do with all of your gorgeous, delicate pressed Flowers, here’s an idea. Arrange them in a picture frame so you can admire them every day.  We made a little video to show you how easy it is. 

 To create this you will need pressed flowers! Check out our ‘How to Press Flowers‘ blog post  for a demonstration. Our Sow ‘n Sow Flower Presses are available for purchase here.

Happy crafting!

1.  Source an old frame – see what you have at home or have a look at op shops/$2 dollar stores to see what you can find.
The frame we used is from Kmart.

2. Pull the frame apart and clean the glass

3. Arrange the flowers and foliage however you like. If necessary, you can use a small bit of kraft glue to keep them in place

4. Put your frame back together

Flower Press

Custom designed Gifts of Seeds for the City of Sydney

City of Sydney Green Villages 2013

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Sydneysiders keep an eye out for the City of Sydney’s Green Villages branded Gifts of Seeds. These will be used as part of the city’s partnership with Grow It Local, encouraging residents to grow their own food and live more sustainably.

This is our second custom design for the City of Sydney (see the first ones here), who will be giving these organic basil and organic coriander seeds away at upcoming Green Villages Workshops.  They will also be distributed across Sydney cafes who use local produce, who will give them to customers to spread the word!

The Sustainability Marketing team loved our latest Gift of Seeds collection so these custom designed packets are again illustrated by the fabulous Daniella Germain, whose gorgeous illustration of Sydney’s quintessential terraces adorn the card.

Green Villages have some great free workshops on everything from balcony gardening to natural cleaning. Grow It Local is all about encouraging backyard, balcony, community and windowsill food farming, bringing people together and having fun. You can post your own veggie patch on the Grow It Local Map and share your garden via #growitlocal on instagram. Check out our little patch here!

Creative Theming for Big Day Out Melbourne

Last week was an odd one, we threw ourselves into a last minute creative theming job for Big Day Out’s Wine Bar. Check out our “nest” and pallet creations which came together in 36 degree heat. Thanks so much to Imm, Caja, Mike & Bish for all your help, you’re the best, couldn’t have done it without you!


Project Time

It’s been a year and a half since my sister Maddie and I threw ourselves head first into a massive creative theming project for South Bank in Brisbane (see here and here and here). I’m excited to say that I’m now back in the creative theming driving seat, this time dressing a bar in an ‘organic’ way for Big Day Out Melbourne. The above image is a mood board that sort of captures what I’ll be creating between now and this coming Friday. Wish me luck!

Moss Graffiti by Anna Garforth

Anna Garthforth is an installation artist known for her incredible typographic moss installations. Her ‘Grow’ moss typography is a pinterest/ blogging world favourite – I’m sure many have seen that one before (pictured below). I contacted Anna to ask her permission to post photos from her website and she kindly sent me these photos of a more recent moss installation. Part of the London Festival of Architecture, the ‘King’s Cross Picnic’  was created for people to enjoy at a neglected space in King’s Cross. The moss creation was installed on a railway wall and provided a backdrop to the picnic. Images of the picnic in full swing can be seen here! I have included a few pics of Anna’s other great works below, but more can be found on her website here. She also has a cool blog!

Mini Rooftop Garden by Bengamin

Here’s a cool little rooftop garden created by Melbourne designer Ben Osborn-Macpherson. Ben always wanted a rooftop garden but only has a 1x3m balcony, so he made this mini version out of one of his stencils. It looks great doesn’t it! Mainly I think because the stencil is really good, so you have a great piece of artwork combined with some growing, a winning formula if you ask me! Ben, could we sell these in our webshop please? Lets talk! More of Ben’s stencils are featured below – I assume they’re all old Melbourne buildings Ben?

Florist – Pomp and Splendour

On Saturday I dressed up like a lady and set out for High Tea at the Windsor Hotel to celebrate a friends impending elopement! There I met the lovely florist Petra from Pomp and Splendour whose work is far too beautiful not to share with you here! Petra does flamboyant floristry for events, photo shoots and of course stunning weddings using seasonal and environmentally friendly blooms. There are many more gorgeous photos over on her blog.

 

A stunning wedding with Gifts of Seeds

This is the breathtakingly stunning wedding of my dear friend Josephine to her husband Joshua, held in the picturesque McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia on April the 14th 2012. Words cannot describe how enchanted this event was, and it was such an honour to provide custom Gifts of Seeds for the occasion. Designed to match the save-the-date and invitation, organic sweet pea seeds were handed out to each guest so that they could sow a little bit of magic from the occasion in their own gardens.

These stunning photographs were taken by the incredible photographer and friend Bridget O’Brien – website coming soon!

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