This super easy DIY looks straight out of Whoville.

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, I've been filling my time with new hobbies, including cooking and crafting, and I get inspiration for new recipes and DIYs through social media, as most of us do in 2021. Recently, I found a post in my social media feed that showed an impressive before and after of a dead mum. I was immediately intrigued as, unfortunately, one of my decorative mums looked like it wouldn't make it much longer. (And in case you're wondering, I consider my gardening skills a work in progress.) The original poster showed one photo of her sad mum, and then another image of it transformed into a Christmas decoration. Her DIY didn't look too difficult, so I decided to give it a try myself.

How to DIY a Dead Mum

Sadly, this craft does require a deceased mum, but that's OK because you're going to turn it into something beautiful that you'll still be able to enjoy as decoration for a few more months. Along with your plant, you'll need spray paint. (Before you use spray paint, make sure you know how to use it properly and read all the directions on the can first.) I used two silvers: the Krylon Premium Metallic Finish ($7, Michaels) and the Krylon Glitter Blast ($9, Michaels). I also bought some festive picks, including the red and green pom pom bells ($6, Michaels), the red, white, and green bulb spray ($5, Michaels), and the red, green, and white glittered berry swirl spray ($6, Michaels). You can use whatever colors of spray paint and any decorations you'd like.

before and after of old mums on a chair and Christmas decorated mums on a chair
Credit: Courtesy of Jennifer Aldrich

The first step in this process is to spray paint your mum. Place your mum in a safe location to paint—preferably on the grass or on a scrap piece of cardboard or drop cloth—so overspray doesn't get on your driveway, sidewalk, or house. Lightly spray your plant with two to three coats: I did three coats of the metallic and one of the glitter. Wait for the project to thoroughly dry, then add your favorite holiday ornaments. The ornaments I selected were ideal because they were designed for arrangements, allowing me to easily stick them in and move them around until I was happy with the exact placement. I'm super pleased with the finished product, and I think it looks like a cute decoration that Cindy Lou Who would display. (Oh, and my fun rainbow bistro set is from Wayfair if you love it as much as I do.)

This craft is very easy and took me about 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an excellent way to repurpose your mums (that will eventually die) and add a festive touch to your front porch or balcony. Depending on weather conditions, you may want to take it indoors or make sure it's appropriately covered from the elements if it's raining or snowing. If cared for properly, this arrangement should last all winter long.


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