Easy Mother's Day Decorations | Midwest Living

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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Mother's Day centerpiece

    Vintage touch

    Vintage handkerchiefs make a sweet table runner for a Mother's Day brunch. Buy them in bundles of 5 or more for the best prices. Tack the squares to a solid-color piece of cloth for your runner. 

    Doilies will complement the vintage look, too. To make the doily bowl pictured at left, dip a round doily into a mixture of one part crafts glue and one part water. Smooth the wet doily over an upside-down glass bowl. Let dry, then carefully peel doily from bowl.

  • 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. 

  • Pitcher perfect

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

  • Mother's Day centerpiece

    Soft and dreamy

    Set an elegant table for Mother's Day with a mix of porcelain dinnerware and fresh flowers. The palette of peach, orange, ivory, yellow and blue lends a soft, dreamy touch to the setting. The vases hold orange ranunculus, pale yellow tulips and blue hydrangeas.

  • 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.

  • Mother's Day centerpiece

    Pretty in pink

    Just-cut roses mixed with blackberry stems form a lovely centerpiece on a pink-colored tablecloth. 

  • 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. 

  • 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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