Learn how to repurpose an old drawer to create a thrifty auricula theatre to display your beautiful plant collection.
Ever since my good friend Mary shared her father’s heirloom primulas with me I have been thinking about creating an auricula theatre. I came across this concept while researching Dino’s primulas and loved the idea.
What’s an Auricula Theatre?
An auricula theatre is a hanging display case for prized auricula primroses. A practice that dates back to the 1700s in England. Some even have faux wood curtains just like a real theater.
When I came across an old drawer at a thrift store I thought it might make a great mini auricula theatre. A perfect project to share for this month’s Thrifty Team Style. Don’t forget to check below this tutorial for all of the other talented creative thrifty ideas from the team.
Making a Thrifty Primula Auricula Theatre
This old drawer was only $5.00 at a thrift store. Something about its shape reminded me of a house.
My husband helped me add a shelf to the inside. Yes, it’s a little crooked but I am grateful for the help.
Then I spray painted it with a couple of coats of dark brown indoor/outdoor paint.
I purchased four beautiful Primrose auriculas online from Edelweiss Perennials in Oregon. They came carefully wrapped in sisal fiber and newspaper.
Each one had a nice tag with their name, description, and growing information. Unfortunately only one had any flowers this early in the season.
So I dug up some of my yellow primulas from the garden to pot up and display in the theatre. I believe they are primula vulgaris, not auricula but they are also very pretty and so special to me.
This is the one that’s in flower called Primula auricula ‘Blue Velvet.’
I can’t wait until they are all in bloom this spring. Later I’ll probably transplant into the garden because I don’t think they will overwinter well in pots. Next year I can dig some up and display them again in this thrifty auricula theatre.
May’s Thrifty Style Team Lineup
Thrifty Yellow and Pink Spring Porch by Redhead Can Decorate
Rustic Shiplap-Inspired Wall Art by The Creek Line House
Ideas on How to Update a 15 Year Old Bathroom Vanity by Duke Manor Farm
Make an Auricula Theatre – Thrifty Style by Heart and Vine
Window Seat Refresh by DIY Beautify
Green Painted Outdoor Table by Cottage at the Crossroads
Patio Decorating Ideas on a Budget by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Vintage Box Makeover by Bliss Ranch
Easy DIY Nightstand From a Thrift Store Stool by Chatfield Court
Decorating with Thrifted Silver by 2 Bees in a Pod
DIY Grain Sack Striped Farmhouse Tote by The How-To How
Thrifted Picnic Basket Makeover by Salvage Sister & Mister
DIY Magazine Page Place Mats by What Meegan Makes
100 Year Old Barnwood Shelves by The DIY Village