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DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year to stop into your local nursery and buy up some lovely outdoor hanging plants just in time for Mother’s Day. It’s a beautiful thought, really, to honor your mom or that special mom-person in your life, with the standard hanging petunia fare. But for the mom who would appreciate something else that blooms, here are a few ideas that we ‘picked’ from our fellow gardeners and bloggers. These DIY’s need a bit of advance planning but they are sure to be mom-pleasers. And, the links with step by step directions are ready for you to click.


It’s a bit too early to see an herb harvest in your garden but with the purchase of a salad bowl, live herb plants, and some hand-made tags and recipe cards, Mom will enjoy mixing in the kitchen… and planting the herbs when the ground warms up a bit.

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Herb plants like oregano, parsley, basil, thyme, and rosemary will be right at home tucked in an old-fashioned colander or galvanized bucket along with some fresh tomatoes. Add plant tags and you’re good to go. Once warmer weather prevails, the herbs can go right into the garden or stay in their decorative pots.

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Who doesn’t love a handprint or footprint set in stone? If your mom loves hand-made gifts, you can’t go wrong. And while you’re at it, craft up some for your own garden.

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The beauty of a hand-painted stepping stone like this is that it LOOKS difficult but is so easy-peasy. With a store-bought paver, a stencil, some acrylic or patio paint, and a steady hand, your mom will give you a WOW! and an extra hug.

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Tag your flowers, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs with garden markers in vibrant colors that will last for years. Use flat rocks (you know you’ve been collecting beach rocks for years and they’re in a bucket in the basement!), acrylic or patio paint, and a Sharpie.

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Mother’s Day is the official kick-off to Spring. It’s always a great time to welcome the scent of daffodils, listen to the tink-tink-tink of windchimes, and acknowledge the women in our lives who have lifted us up and held us when we needed it most.


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