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Peonies are a classic and beautiful choice for a Mother's Day flower bouquet, especially because they bloom abundantly April through June. Gather a bunch into a pretty pitcher for a refreshing twist on the traditional vase, and display them inside or outside.
Editor's Tip: Ants tend to be attracted to peony buds, so before bringing them inside, turn them upside down and gently shake out the ants. Or dip the bloom in a bucket of cool water for a few seconds or until all the ants are gone.
Frosted plastic carryout boxes make perfect, inexpensive containers for Mother's Day bouquets. Buy a couple of different sizes and colors for variety (available at crafts stores) and fill with flowers of the same color.
Editor's Tip: Place the blooms inside a short, water-filled glass before setting the bouquet into the box.
Place old botanical- and garden-theme postcards inside recycled glass jars for a whimsical Mother's Day gift. Put a handful of pretty pink snapdragons, or another flower on hand, into a small vase and slide the vase into the glass jar.
Bring back pleasant beach vacation memories by employing a keepsake shell as a unique vase this Mother's Day. Fit the opening of a seashell with wet florist's foam, then push in flower stems, such as the ruffly parrot tulips shown here, for a gorgeous Mother's Day bouquet.
Editor's Tip: If you don't have any seashells on hand, you can purchase them at crafts supply stores or at seashellworld.com.
Get creative this Mother's Day and dress up a plain vase or aluminum can with grosgrain ribbon (usually less than $1 a yard). Hot-glue one end of the ribbon at the bottom, wrap it around the vase in evenly overlapping layers, and glue the other end at the top. Add a ribbon tie, and pin on a tag for Mom. After the flowers fade, the vase makes a cute pencil cup.
Hang a Mother's Day surprise on a doorknob or hook for Mom to find. Fill a colorful tote bag with a bouquet of bright blooms, such as these cheerful lilies. Mom will love this flower arrangement, and she'll get a lot of use out of the tote, too!
Editor's Tip: Put the flowers in a small vase before placing the flowers inside the tote bag.
For the mom who is a master chef, a marble mortar plays host to a small clutch of orange-yellow ranunculus. Cut the stems to 6 inches, and arrange them in a low, tight dome. Tie a gift tag around the pestle.
A repurposed miniature fish bowl makes a fun vessel to hold a Mother's Day flower arrangement. Wash out a glass or plastic fish bowl and fill it with water and bright blossoms, such as these cosmos.
Give Mom a present that lasts long after Mother's Day. Place a blooming bulb inside a vase (or even a simple can) and wrap it with decorative paper. Pinked edges, a bit of ribbon, and a stamped tag make the gift extra special.
A mass of pink ranunculus offers a sweet counterpoint to its rustic country container that Mom will love. Individual cans make arranging easy. Cut stems short, and place a small bunch in each can.
Hot pink spray roses are especially beautiful displayed behind glass. For Mother's Day, float them in stemless wineglasses, using warm water to help the petals open fully. Present with a bottle of wine wrapped in decorative paper for a thoughtful Mother's Day gift.
A clear jam jar is the perfect container for a colorful flower arrangement. Place Mom's favorite fruit around the base of the jar to set the scene for a cheerful meal together.
Lush living "bows" top gift boxes for the perfect Mother's Day wrapping. Slip the stem of a ruffly rose or peony through the top of a woven box (or a slit cut in a paper box) and into a florist's water pick hidden inside the box.
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