No matter what you pick up when you go to Disneyland or any of the Disney parks you go home with memories for years to come. For me, my first trip to Disneyland left me wanting – not from lack of experience, but because an item I wanted wasn’t available when I was there.
Let’s be really honest here, when I went to Disneyland the first time – it was a whirlwind of a trip (as all of them seem to be). Late in the afternoon I saw a couple of ladies walking by with a Cinderella carriage that was so adorable I needed to have one. I didn’t know at the time it was a popcorn bucket, I didn’t know where to get it – and I spent the rest of my time trying to find the carriage. It wasn’t until right before the park closed that day that I found out that it was available near It’s a Small World, but only before 5 pm. The popcorn stand closes for the parade and doesn’t open again until the next day. I left wanting that popcorn bucket, and I knew I had to have it. Yes, you can order it online, but the price is more than what you’d pay in the park – and it’s part of the magic picking it up there.
Fast forward a couple years and I found myself on another trip to Disneyland – and after visiting Pirates of the Caribbean – my first stop was to get the Cinderella Carriage. It was something I needed to have – and would figure out how to fly home with it.
When I got home, I was presented with the question “Now what?” It’s not exactly small, but it was something I wanted and loved – so my plan was to turn it into a planter. It is extremely easy to do, and now Cindy and her carriage sit on the shelf in the living room for us all to enjoy.
What you need:
- Cinderella Carriage Popcorn Bucket
- 1 6″ plastic water tray
- 1 small pot with drainage holes
- 1 small plant of your choice
The popcorn bucket isn’t water tight – keep that in mind when you’re putting together your planter. Insert the water tray at the bottom of the carriage. This will prevent water from spilling out when you water your plant, but also keeps moisture in the planter as needed.
Plant your plant in a 4-6″ pot with the drainage holes. Insert into your carriage. That’s it! It’s pretty easy to do, and you end up with a keepsake you can enjoy all year long.
For my plant, I went with Portulaca plants. These viney succulents not only bloom and trail out – but make it look like the carriage is turning back into a pumpkin again.