Mother’s Day is around the corner, and we want to give you some inexpensive gift ideas for mom. Now we all know that moms love blooms, but many cut flowers only last for a few days. So we’re offering up 5 ideas that still involve plants and flowers, yet they’ll last a lot longer and you’ll spend a lot less. Take a look!
PAINT A BASKET
A can of spray paint can go a long way. Dig up some of those baskets in your closet or basement that are doing nothing, and give them a little makeover with some paint. It can really brighten up a day, and Mom is sure to love it. Be sure to line the baskets with a plastic bag to hold in the soil (we used biodegradable compost bags here). Here’s a link to another great way to create a new container with paint, courtesy of blogger Noelle.
We ran an article on cardboard gardening a couple of years ago, and it’s still a great way to make a gift for mom. Chances are, you already have some cardboard around. Then take a look at our original article for some additional inspiration. This box here is pretty simple, but our article has all kinds of ideas for giving the box a new look, including using buttons, an old sweatshirt, paper or even painting it.
SODA BOTTLE BLOOMS
These flowers aren’t living, but they’re still pretty awesome. We love projects that create something beautiful out of the recycling bin, and this one used old plastic soda bottles. All it took was some paint and and duct tape to create these. Mom will love them. She can keep them in a vase inside or display them outside with her real flowers in the garden. If you’re looking for the step-by-step instructions on how to make these, go here.
This 3-tiered stacked planter is from our April/May 2014 issue. We spray painted three simple terra cotta pots, and then nestled them in on top of each other. The sample planter here has an address on the bottom, but you could also get letters to spell out “MOM” or “WELCOME” or anything you want. Want the instructions for making this? Check out the full article here.
SUCCULENTS IN JARS
Here’s another example of how paint can really transform an ordinary object. These are jars! Many people have jars sitting around from jelly, salsa, etc. Now you can turn them into a mini planter, which is perfect for succulents. To make this yourself, line the bottom of your jar with some small pebbles (to help with drainage), fill your jar with soil and then plant your succulent. You can finish the whole project by adding a simple letter for mom’s first name and a colorful ribbon. Just one note on this project—succulents (often in the houseplant area of the garden center) really are your best plant choice. They don’t require a lot of water, and they can grow in shallow container conditions like this. For great succulents for the garden, check out our Top 10 article right here (though these aren’t necessarily suited for jars).