Give the Gift of Mother’s Day Flowers

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Yellow tulips stand out in an old jar that was crafted into a rustic vase.

This Mother’s Day, instead of spending money on pricey flower bouquets, spend a little quiet time in the craft room and surprise Mom with hand-picked flowers beautifully arranged in a container you already have on hand. Baskets of all shapes and sizes, old wooden boxes, and vases and jars work perfectly and provide rustic charm.

Wooden Box Bouquet

First you’ll want to gather a few simple supplies. All you need is an old wooden box with a hinged lid. (Don’t worry if the box is rough or worn, because you want it to have a weathered look, which will add even more country appeal to the project.) You’ll also need sandpaper, paint, paint brushes, cotton balls, ink, a cup or vase that is short enough to fit in the box without being seen, and flowers of your choice.

1. Sand the box and lid a little, then add a coat of paint to it. Before the paint dries completely, take sandpaper and scratch off the paint in a few spots. Let it dry completely.

2. Next, give it an antique finish. Using gray ink, dab the ink onto a cotton ball, and then smear and streak it onto the box and lid. Let the ink dry completely.

3. Place your flowers in an appropriate-sized cup or vase, which has been partially filled with water. Then place the cup inside the box.

Burlap-Wrapped Jar

If you like the idea of a country-style bouquet, but you either don’t like to paint or simply don’t have the time, this quick and easy project is the answer to your dilemma.

You’ll need a clean jar, burlap, ribbon, a hot glue gun, and some fresh flowers. A wide-mouth pickle jar works great, if you happen to have one.

1. Cut a length of burlap long enough to go around the outside of the jar, with a little overlap. Using a few drops of hot glue, adhere the burlap to the jar, and then glue the burlap ends together. Be sure to press firmly to make sure the glue sticks. Let it dry for about 10 minutes.

2. Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to go around the jar and to form a bow. (Cut it longer than you think you’ll need. You can always cut off excess, but you can’t add to it if you cut it too short.) Glue the ribbon over the burlap, centering it as you go. Press firmly to bond the ribbon to the burlap. Tie a bow with your ribbon, and then trim off any excess. If you want, you can glue down the ends of the bow, or you can leave them loose. Let the glue dry for about 10 minutes.

3. Add water to the jar, then add your flowers.