Every Mother’s Day has to be special for all the mothers in your life, because they all have the hardest job to do. Having guests over for dinner is stressful – having family over for dinner can induce a nervous fit. But you can still make the day special for all the Moms you know with easy, affordable DIY flower crafts.
Affordable Real Bouquets
You could go broke buying flowers for table arrangements on Mother’s Day, one of the most popular flower-buying days of the whole year. If you get to the florist late enough, you might not find any blossoms worth using, anyway. Save on those arrangements with an easy DIY that uses lettuce to make your table more festive.
Get a few worthy-looking roses, two to three for each arrangement. Cut the blossoms from the long stems; you won’t need those. Place what remains within a bed of lettuce to create a pretty effect using real elements. Lettuce costs a lot less than florist greenery, and looks fresh and pretty when paired with classic roses.
Dress Your Table in Flowers
Don’t like real flower arrangements? Want to drive the floral theme home for your big Mom’s Day party? Dress your tablecloth up for the event. Here’s a secret: you can use the tablecloth for any spring or summer celebration, including Easter.
Get some scrapbooking flower cutouts, which are very affordable, and attach them in a (more or less) straight row across the tablecloth, about 3 inches from the edge. Standard fabric glue or super glue should be tough enough to keep the cutouts in place. It only takes a few minutes to make your table look totally ready for Mother’s Day.
Make Your Own Blossoms
Instead of buying flowers, make them. Use coffee filters to create inexpensive DIY flowers in just about any color you like.
First, place around 3 tablespoons of water into a small bowl and add a few drops of food coloring. Repeat the process with a second bowl using another color. Ball up two coffee filters, and place one in each bowl to fully saturate them in the colored water. Let them steep to get a richer color, remove them to keep them a more pastel shade. Whenever you remove them, squeeze gently to remove excess water and color and lay them out flat to dry.
Once the colored filters are dry, fold each one in half. You’ll get a half-circle shape. Fold each filter again to get a wedge, and narrow each wedge by folding them twice more. Cut a curve onto the wider end of each wedge, removing about ½ inch from the edge. Cut a little less on the second wedge to make a slightly larger flower. Unfold each and put the smaller blossom on top of the bigger. Pinch the flower in the center and twist. Attach this end to a stem (a painted wood skewer or even a spray-painted twig) and glue it into place. Open and arrange the petals. Repeat until you have as many flowers as you like.
Use your DIY skills to set a beautiful, inexpensive Mother’s Day table. When you spend less on decorations, you’ll have more to spend on gifts and food – the stuff that really matters!