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Mother’s Day is nearly here, and you know she’s wondering what you’re gonna give her. If you’re still stumped on how to show mom just how much you appreciate her, why not go back to the basics and make her something special? We’re not talking about the macaroni necklaces and finger paint portraits of days gone by (although, who doesn’t love a good pasta-based statement piece?), but something slightly more sophisticated.
Today, we’ve got three projects that are sure to please her, and the best part? They’re all super simple. So you can show your gratitude this Mother’s Day without breaking a sweat. Check out the steps, below:
Tea Tin Herb Planters
Organic potting mix (be sure it’s food safe)
Herbs of your choice (we used sage, rosemary, and mint)
Large tea tins
An awl or large nail
2. Select the plant you’d like to repot first and remove it from its container. Loosen the root ball by breaking up the soil a bit with your hands. Add some potting mix to the bottom of the tea tin, and then drop in the plant. Use more potting soil to fill in around the plant. You want to tin to be full and the plant to sit firmly in the tin, but don’t pack down the soil.
4. Once you’ve potted all of your plants, soak each one with water and allow to drain. Follow the instructions for care that came with the herbs. Most indoor herbs do well in a south or east-facing window that gets at least a few hours of direct sunlight each day.
Botanical Photo Frame
Flowers (dried or faux)
A plain photo frame
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
1. Decide on how you plan to decorate the frame.
3. Trim the stems off all of the flowers you’ll be using.
4. Once your hot glue gun is warmed up, use affix the flowers to the frame with the glue.
Plain white tiles
1. Cover the tiles with the painter’s tape.
2. Use the X-Acto knife to cut out any designs you would like to add.
3. Spray the tiles with a thin layer of spray paint and allow to dry. Repeat until the gold is opaque.
4. Carefully remove the tape.
happy mother's day
What do you recommend, style wise, to put under the tea tins to catch any excess water?
Vintage saucers could look really cute, or you could rig the tops of the tins to fit beneath.
I have my herbs in these same Harney tins in my kitchen window. I used long, rectangular ceramic appetizer serving trays underneath. They fit three tins with plenty of space between. They look clean and fresh and are easy to wash. The tin bottoms and lids will rust and leave marks, so take care when you place them.
Try painting the bottom of tins with clear fingernail polish to prevent rusting.
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