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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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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