Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DIY Wednesday: Mother's Day Planter

    With Mother’s Day right around the corner and having an abundance of used containers, I thought of this easy and cheap idea. This project would be especially good for teachers or grandparents to do with kids so that the final product can remain a surprise for mommy.

    Word of warning: I am a scatter-brained idiot and did this bassackwards, so the pictures aren’t exactly going to match up with the instructions. The finished product is still the same, but I will be explaining it in the EASIEST way to do it, not the way I did it. (The sad part is that I had it planned out in my head and I still got ahead of myself. Lol)

What you’ll need:
-cylinder can, jar, etc.
-potting soil or dirt
-seed or flower that has already popped up some
-construction paper

1)     Make sure your can is nice and clean on the inside and fill with potting soil or dirt. Make sure you don’t fill it all the way to the top so you have some room when you water your plant. NOTE: It may be a good idea to poke some holes in the bottom of the can for drainage if you have something to set it in.
2)     Plant your seed however deeps it needs to be buried and cover with dirt. (You could give this as a present right away, but I think it would be more fun if you did it a couple of weeks ahead of time so that your seed has sprouted some by the time mom receives it.)
3)     Now, this is where I boo-booed. You can measure and cut your construction paper to fit the can now, or go ahead and decorate it (the construction paper) first, making sure to leave ample room at the top so you don’t have to cut any of your pretty designs off when you trim!
4)     Once you are done with your design on the construction paper and all the glue you might have used on there is dried, fold your paper around the can and glue.
5)     Be sure to trim the excess off at the top.

That’s it! Not only will kids feel good about making something for mommy, but this is a perfect opportunity to teach them about plants and growing things, along with helping them work on fine motor skills while decorating.
(Now you can see why it would have looked better if I had decorated it before I glued it on like I had intended. Whoops!)


  1. Love it! Great way to teach the little ones and they will enjoy making! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Such a cute idea!! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Cute! You should come link this up to my Mother's Day Pinterest Party!

  4. My kids are a little young for something like this but it is definitely something we'll do when when they're a little older. Thanks for sharing!