25 DIY Flower Bouquets Mom Will Love

05/07/2014 at 05:42 PM ET
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Like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate and, well, just about anything, Mother’s Day and flowers are a natural combination.

Planning an in-person date this year? Instead of desperately hightailing it to the flower shop hours before and picking through the (upcharged) leftovers — um, not that we’ve ever done that — surprise her with one of these DIY centerpieces or bouquets, easily made with blooms you can get at the grocery store.

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Switching up the flower-holding vessel to something more unexpected than a vase gives ordinary blooms an exciting new look!

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We wondered why our mason-jar arrangements never looked as good as the ones on Pinterest until we discovered gridded frog lids, which can be swapped onto standard size jars. For this rustic look, no need to even hit the grocery store — flowers picked from the backyard are perfect.

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Scrapbook paper, an inexpensive buy at any craft store, turns a clear vase (or repurposed drink bottle) from blah to beautiful.

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This rainbow flower lineup works best if you’re surprising Mom with brunch and can already have the blooms set up on the table when she comes downstairs. Besides 9 glasses or vases and 9 matching flowers, all you need is water and food coloring to replicate the look.

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The takeaway here: Whether you stick daisies in a foam ball to create this look or simply arrange them in a vase, mixing large and small versions of the inexpensive, popular flower is the secret to a pretty bouquet.

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Submerged lemons and limes make this arrangement’s water as gorgeous as the blooms themselves.

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Instead of hiding anemone (or any flower with a sturdy stem) inside a vase, strip them of greenery, tie them just under the blooms with a pretty ribbon, and hand them to a happy mother. Then before Mother’s Day brunch or dinner, plop the bouquet into a tumbler, where it’ll stand upright, to create an instant centerpiece.

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Make sure to give Mom a real drink alongside of this eye-catching flower served up in an old-school coupe glass. She’ll appreciate both, we’re sure.

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This bouquet delivers a lesson in color schemes: Pick one color family and choose flowers in light and dark shades. Once the blooms die, Mom will be left with a pitcher she can use at summer picnics.

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Once considered a mere filler flower, baby’s breath are having a moment of their own. They’ve got an eye-catching shape, and since they’re super inexpensive compared to other flowers, you can buy enough to make Mom a bouquet bigger than her head (but not her heart — awww).

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Although this craft project will take more time than other bouquets, it’s surprisingly easy to execute. Build letters out of cardboard and papier-mâché; from there, all you need is craft foam, scissors and flowers. Get the full instructions from online shop Urbanic Paper Boutique.

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Team bright flowers with bright candy in a clear vase — the sweets will hold the blooms in place while adding bonus color.

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To steal this look, spray-paint mason jars or old spaghetti jars, fill them with soil and plant some buds that Mom can watch bloom. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Full instructions

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A slender drinking glass is a lovely counterpoint to a grouping of full, fluffy peonies. It’s less about the type of flower here and more about gathering enough to spill over the sides of the glass, creating the illusion of a jumbo bouquet.

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Mothers who love a good tea party (and who doesn’t?) will swoon over monochromatic tulips tucked into a teacup. Pinkies up!

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When you give Mom a cute collection of kitchen herbs, she’ll think of you whenever she chops thyme for roast chicken or adds basil to pasta sauce. Chalkboard paint was used to create those nifty labels (get application tips here).

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Believe it or not, this seemingly vintage can-cum-vase is made from an empty soup can, a printout from a home computer and a dose of Elmer’s glue. Get the instructions from blog Artsy Chicks Rule, then fill your finished craft project with one of the most cheerful grocery store blooms around: Gerber daisies.

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Ever wonder how big flower arrangements have every bloom perfectly in place? A Scotch tape grid is one trade secret. Make it over a bowl filled with water and place a flower in every square to create a bouquet that looks like it came straight from the florist.

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Lurking beneath those branches is a clear glass container that can be used to hold Mom’s favorite flower (or whatever’s growing in the backyard). Kids will love foraging in the yard for twigs and gluing them to the vase. Garden Mama has helpful DIY instructions on her blog.

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Smooth rocks and pebbles picked from the roadside dress up simple flowers. We’re digging the green, but the stones are so neutral, any color would work here.

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For moms who double as teachers or writers, this is the perfect bouquet: simple sunflowers inside of a homemade pencil vase. Find instructions (and other fun ways to upcycle pencils!) on blog The ReFab Diaries.

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Called Apple Bombs, these pint-size bouquets mix spiky spider mums with Granny Smiths. Though they look like the work of a fancy florist, you can make them easily using an apple corer and pieces of floral foam — check out blog Family Chic’s instructions.

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How to impress when you don’t have a ton of cash: Simple backyard blooms look way more elegant in darkly tinted bottles, which you can get for a whopping 45 cents a pop.

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We guarantee your local dollar store is selling Mother’s Day coffee mugs; pick one up and fill it with succulents to give Mom a pretty gift that’ll live far longer than the plants.

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A pomander of vividly colored carnations has a whimsical, Palm-Springs-in-the-sixties feel. And good news for all non-crafty types: blog Frog Prince Paperie has simple directions to make this arrangement. As long as you can work a pair of scissors and poke stems into foam, you’ll be good to go.

—Lexi Dwyer

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nice idea people. I’m going to try something like this. Easy and cheap. (very good deal for someone with not a lot of money to be able to give something creative and beautiful!)

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Thanks for including the Pencil vase idea from my little blog 🙂

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Neat ideas. I am a Florist and run New Port Richey Florist and am always looking for new ideas. Something about the lemon and lime in a mason makes me think margarita 🙂

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