I get most of my containers at Good Will stores, usually for $3 or less apiece, and often find bunches of unused silk flowers there, too. Great buys can also be had at the end-of-the-season sales at local garden centers and craft stores.
But there's nothing better than amassing donations from friends. A few cases in point: the wonderful vintage planters above and to the left, recently contributed to the cause by Tess; the beautiful basket shown below left, handcrafted by Brenda; and the blooms in the four-legged bowl on the right, contributed by Linda.
But I guarantee that it's worth it. My elderly friends look forward to their new arrangements each week, as you can see from this photo of my late friend Leona, holding a copper-clad tub that arrived on our doorstep one Christmas stuffed with Honeybell oranges.
Just as important: Between visits, they're reminded that someone is not only thinking about them, but is making something special just for them.
Adapted from a 10/20/14 post