Published on May 3rd, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell1
How To: Mother’s Day Plant “Flag”
When thinking about more Mother’s Day ideas, I thought about how my mom prefers a plant rather than flowers.
Flowers are more traditional on Mother’s Day, but environmentally they’re not so hot. Those bouquets come from far away, require lots of pesticides to grow, and often end up in the landfill after they wilt. A potted plant, on the other hand, can live for much longer and even does a teeny bit to help improve air quality!
I remembered that Becky shared 5 awesome ideas for DIY plant markers last week. I’ve seen little plant markers before at hospitals where they say “It’s a boy” or “Get well soon,” so I decided to make a plant “flag” that says, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
What You Will Need:
1. A stick. Try to pick a straight one– you don’t want your flag to be tilted.
2. Recycled paper. I used the same sheet music I used in my Recycled Paper Mother’s Day Brooch tutorial, but you could also use an old book, newspaper, or magazine pages.
4. Hot glue/hot glue gun
5. A marker. I used a black marker so it would show up well on the sheet music, but you can used colored markers as well.
How To Do It:
1. Go out into your yard and find a straight stick. This will become the pole of your “flag.” Place your stick in your flower pot to see how high you would like your stick. I had to trim mine a little bit because it was too tall.
2. Cut a square out of your recycled paper– this will become the flag. If you want to do the heart shape, though, cut out a heart.
3. With your marker, write “Happy Mother’s Day!” (or the message of your choice) on your paper.
4. Hot glue your flag to your stick. For the square, you will wrap and glue the paper around the stick like so:
5. Put it in the plant you selected for your mom and you’re finished!
This is such an easy project, but it can make a large impact. It’s always the little things that my mom seems to appreciate the most. What projects are you working on for Mother’s Day? Share them in the comment section below or enter them into the Green Crafts Showcase!