Make a Mother’s Day Bouquet—For Nearly Nothing

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailThis Mother’s Day, don’t spend money on pricey flower bouquets. Surprise your mom with hand-picked fresh flowers—now, thankfully, abundant in our back yards—arranged in whatever vessel you have lying around the house. Natural Home & Garden stylist Chad Sophia Suiter, who is a whiz at turning flea market finds into treasures, came up with this frugal but fabulous idea that would be perfect for weddings and graduation parties as well.


• Small urn or pot
• Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina) or other soft, leafy herb
• Small glass jar that fits inside urn
• Fresh flowers
• Small, handmade note or treat
• Packet of organic flower seeds
• A pin or a vintage brooch

1. Lay lamb’s ear leaves around urn rim.

2. Tuck jar inside urn and fill with water.

3. Cut flower stems so only blossoms stand taller than urn’s rim. Tightly pack blossoms into water-filled jar.

4. Nestle in a small gift—a handwritten poem or a flower-shaped cookie.

5. Pin flower seeds packet to the gift using a pin or a vintage brooch.

 mothers day bouquet 

Use fresh flowers from the back yard and any old flea market urn or pot to make this sweet bouquet. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison