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Easy Mother's Day Decorations

This Mother’s Day celebrate Mom with easy-to-make bouquets, garden gifts or DIY centerpieces.

Flower-filled planter surprise

This Mother’s Day, give Mom a gift she can add to her garden. Present it in a plain plastic container decorated with pretty paper, ribbon and tag.

Pitcher perfect

Fill an old-fashioned pitcher with Mom’s favorite flower, such as these gorgeous peonies, to create a beautiful display.

Sweet tea

Look to your china collection for captivating vase ideas. Here, lilies of the valley in teacups provide sweet touches. Florist frogs hold stems steady. Use several of these as a centerpiece, or put one at each place setting as an accent.

Hanging floral bouquet

Brighten Mom’s day with a hanging bouquet. Make a cone out of decorative paper and secure with tape. Place flowers in a plastic cup or floral tube with water and insert into cone. Hang on a chair or a bedpost.

Fish bowl bouquet

Here, a fish bowl replaces a traditional vase. Clean a glass or plastic fish bowl and fill with water and colorful flowers. We used cosmos. 

Pretty present

Prop a single rosebud in a water-filled glass votive holder, then wrap in tissue paper and place in a gift box. Its beauty will slowly open like a present. 

Bottle blooms

A vintage glass bottle makes a lovely Mother's Day container. Fill with water and an assortment of Mom's favorite stems. 

Singular sensation

Even a single flower can look dramatic, especially in the right container. A yellow tree peony takes center stage in this retro-style vase.

Brighten up

Decorate a clear glass with a simple band of ribbon. Secure with double-sided tape. Fill glass with peonies or Mother’s Day flowers of your choice. 

Vibrant blooms and fruit

Surprise Mom with this cheerful arrangement. Place yellow flowers—in this case, double yellow tulips—in a clear vase with festive kumquats and water.

Roses all around

Dress up table settings with a single rose in elegant glassware.

Tie a bunch for brunch

Turn grocery-store staples into clever tabletop details for your Mother's Day brunch or other celebrations. Fresh asparagus stalks cleverly embellish a pretty centerpiece and hold place cards; a knot of chives decorates a napkin.

For the centerpiece, wrap a cylindrical vase with two rubber bands, then slide stalks under the bands to cover the surface. Secure with twine and remove the bands. Fill with your favorite flowers; a bit of water in a bowl will keep the decoration fresh. For place card holders, cut three asparagus stalks to an even length, tie with twine, and slide a card between the tops.

Carryout bouquet

Carryout boxes made of frosted plastic become fun containers for floral centerpieces. Place spring blooms such as daffodils and tulips inside a short, water-filled glass before setting in the box.

One of a kind

Because they're available year-round, you can count on roses when you need a quick and lovely arrangement. A mass of pink roses makes for drama.

All in the details

Wrap a footed glass container with decorative paper and a pretty ribbon for a small detail Mom won’t overlook. Fill glass with short-stem blooms to complete this pretty gift.

Clever container

Transform the tool used to plant bulbs into a vessel for Mom’s favorite stems. Fill a small container with water and flowers, then place inside the tool. 

Vintage charm

Show Mom you appreciate her with this beautiful arrangement. Fill cans with small bouquets of ranunculi (be sure to shorten the stems). Place individual cans in a vintage wire shopping basket with handles or an old oil or milk wire carrier. 

Two tones

Layer two shades of the same flower (here, calla lilies) to make for big impact.

Festive setting

Center an elegant vase full of bright pink hydrangea. Add contrast with grape hyacinth.

Mother’s Day vase

Search for a special vase Mom will cherish long after Mother's Day is over. Put larger flowers, like roses, toward the bottom of your bouquet to support smaller ones, such as freesias, on top. 

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