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.
Switching up the flower-holding vessel to something more unexpected than a vase gives ordinary blooms an exciting new look!
Scrapbook paper, an inexpensive buy at any craft store, turns a clear vase (or repurposed drink bottle) from blah to beautiful.
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.
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.
Submerged lemons and limes make this arrangement’s water as gorgeous as the blooms themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Team bright flowers with bright candy in a clear vase — the sweets will hold the blooms in place while adding bonus color.
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
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.
Mothers who love a good tea party (and who doesn’t?) will swoon over monochromatic tulips tucked into a teacup. Pinkies up!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.