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DIY Mother’s Day Gift

DIY Mother’s Day Gift



I’ll be honest, DIY might be a bit of a stretch, but this is about as DIY as it gets for me. This  gift was super easy to put together (my dad helped), my mom loved it, and you don’t need many supplies.

What you’ll need:

2 flower pots
Empty plastic water/milk/soda jugs
Potting soil
Optional – a cute dog to oversee your work


Supervising the placement of flowers


I bought two ceramic flower pots from Costco for this project. If you know me, you know I live and die for Costco. Wandering the aisles of Costco = ideal date night. The pots Costco is currently carrying are gorgeous and the best price that I’ve found. However, they are HEAVY. Bring a strong friend to help you load them. Which leads me to the next item…

Empty plastic jugs. You are going to want these to put in the bottom of the pots if you buy something similar in size to what Costco is selling. These pots are heavy enough on their own you don’t want to be filling them all the way with soil because if you do, you will need a crane to lift them. I’ve also heard of people using packing peanuts or craft foam blocks to fill up the bottom.

I ended up using three bags of potting soil and I bought them at Home Depot.

Picking out the flowers was my favorite part of the entire project. I ended up having WAY too many. The picture above isn’t even half of what I ended up buying, but I’m of the belief that it is always better to have too much of something than not enough. My dad was able to use the extras in other planters that he had not yet bought flowers for so it worked out well. I bought two of each plant and I picked one tall plant for the center, a few that would hang over the side of the pot as they grew and the rest of the flowers were fillers.

Initially, I had planned on arriving at my parents with the pots put together but because they were so heavy I figured it would be better to put them together at their house. I’m actually glad I didn’t end up doing putting them together before hand because my dad has a lot more plant savvy than I do and that came in handy. I picked out the flowers based on how they looked, not really paying any attention to how much sun or shade they would need. I also would have over crowded the pot by putting way too many in. My dad was able to decide which flowers were best for which pot based on the location and how much sun/shade the pots would be getting. Putting the pots together was very easy and fun (we enjoyed a few mimosas while doing it). I would recommend putting them together in their permanent location. The pots aren’t impossible to move once they are filled but they aren’t something you are going to be wanting to move too often.



Pot 2
The shaded pot – it was difficult to get a decent photo.


I’m really happy with how these turned out and glad that I decided to do a DIY instead of buying a gift. I think this was thoughtful and something my mom will be able to enjoy all summer.


Both pots


Let me know if you use this idea as a gift for someone this spring or summer!

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