20 Mother's Day Crafts From the Garden

Forget the traditional florist bouquet. This year get inspired by our DIY Mother's Day gift ideas featuring live plants and cut flowers.
By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Springy Chalkboard Pots

Give inexpensive terra-cotta pots a playful makeover with chalkboard paint, then fill with Mom's favorite blooming bulbs for a cheery pop of spring color.

Create a Hand-Dyed Bouquet

This kid-friendly craft turns a grocery-store bouquet into a custom arrangement for Mom. Drop the stems of white flowers into food coloring and water, and watch the flowers drink up the color. Little ones will love trying out different hues to create a rainbow bouquet.

Add a Face to Terra-Cotta Pots

Bring life to your mom's container gardening by adding custom faces. Invite kids to use their imaginations to create different facial expressions and help choose the right "hair."

Make a Window-Box Container Garden

Transform a used wine crate into a beautiful window box with our step-by-step tips. Present it to Mom for summer-long blooms.

Build a Better Bouquet

It's easy to create your own florist-quality bouquet for Mom. Just follow these seven simple tips.

Simple Mason Jar Terrarium

For moms with limited outdoor space or a limited green thumb, this office- or windowsill-sized terrarium is the perfect way to create a little low-maintenance green.

Kitchen Capers

Old or damaged kitchen-related items — those you don't plan to use for cooking any longer — can be repurposed into an unexpected planter for Mom. Cooking pots and pans are just the start: Try colanders, cupcake tins, measuring cups or any other items meant for holding liquid or dry materials.

Teatime Tulips

Small arrangements can make a big impression. For tea- and coffee-loving moms, purchase a new set of mugs, then fill them with colorful tulip buds for a gift she'll be able to enjoy now and for years to come.

Grow a Watercress Container Garden

Greens don't get any more local than this. Health-nut moms will love to receive their own personal patch of tasty, shiny watercress.

Plant an Herb Container Garden

World travelers and accomplished cooks alike will love this portable herb garden packed inside a vintage suitcase.

Pitcher Perfect

The lush, natural abundance of the countryside is captured perfectly by this uncomplicated, freshly picked arrangement. If you can't find lilacs, or the other flowers featured, any other garden flower will work equally well.

Color Your World

Moms who can't seem to stop redecorating will love these whimsical paint-can planters. Dress up recycled paint cans (or new metal cans, found at home improvement stores) with craft-paint drizzles around the top rim. Cover with a coat of polyurethane to stop the cans from rusting, or leave them untreated and enjoy the rusty, rustic look that develops within a few months.

Rustic Watering Can Arrangements

Bring the act of gardening to the table by arranging white flowers in weathered watering cans (look at thrift stores and flea markets). Tulips are a great choice as they're affordable and evoke a casual yet elegant feeling.

Tea Party Garden

Is your mom's teapot and teacup collection spilling out of the cabinets? Take the collection outdoors by turning chipped or mismatched tea pieces into whimsical outdoor planters. Metal teakettles and tea tins can be delightful additions to the grouping.

Monochromatic Magic

Create a tiered array of one hue for a springy and sophisticated arrangement for your Mother's Day table. Here yellow fritillaria, tulips, freesias and daffodils tucked into a mixture of terra-cotta pots and glass vases combine to make a stunning focal point for the table — and a take-home gift for the guest of honor.

New Uses for Old Tins

Moms who love vintage decor will go crazy for these planters that repurpose old or reproduction food tins. Search thrift stores and yard sales for tins that match Mom's decor. They make terrific pots for her favorite annual flowers or houseplants.

Sweet Peas Keep It Simple

This small vase arrangement of a few loose sweet peas shows that less really is more sometimes. Its intimate scale, delicate look, subtle hues and light fragrance will provide Mom with an irresistible sensory delight.

Fruit and Flower Cubes

This unusual graphic arrangement is perfect for moms with a more modern aesthetic. Cockscomb flowers and limes are a bold, vibrant combination. You can use use sunflowers and lemons for a more unified theme.

Make a Simple Floral Centerpiece

Create a bright table accent for your Mother's Day meal with this easy arrangement made from vibrant wheatgrass and your favorite spring blossoms.

Host a Flower-Arranging Party

If you're hosting a crowd of moms, let them all in on the garden fun with a flower-themed party. Buy assorted blooms, then bring in an expert to help each guide create a bouquet to take home.

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