Mother’s Day Flower Basket Video Tutorial

Each year when spring rolls around I get excited because it was on Mother’s Day six years ago that I began my blogging adventure. I’ll be having a 6 year blogiversary party soon! Who knew where it would lead me, but the adventure has been grand. Today, I want to show a easy and affordable way to create a DIY Mother’s Day flower basket for mom’s everywhere…or just as an “I Love You” gift or gift to self. tee hee.

Thrifted Baskets Before Mother's Day Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

What you see above is collection of thrifted, hand-me-down baskets, as well as the Amish-made wooden buckets I carry in my shop. All of these are perfect for creating a special gift for the mom’s in your life.

Handmade Wooden Buckets by Amish in the Heart of Ohio | Farmhouse Decor at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #shopping #farmhouse #home #homedecor

While you could use them to create gift baskets filled with goodies, I’m going to show you how to make a Mother’s Day flower basket. Why? What lady doesn’t love flowers, right? Especially ones that aren’t just grabbed off a display and have a ribbon stuck on it. Making it personal is key to the hug she will feel when presented with these beautiful blooms. Plus, she can enjoy it for as long as she likes – each season even.

I created a video tutorial on how to make this Mother’s Day flower basket below, but am also outlining the steps for you here.

Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need to create your gift:

  • basket or bucket – thrift stores have oodles of new ones. Shop & save.
  • plastic sheeting
  • stapler
  • staples
  • rocks for drainage
  • potting soil
  • plants and flowers of your choice

I don’t know about you, but some sort of spell comes over me when I go flower shopping. It seems I ALWAYS come home with more than I went for. ahem. Tell me I’m not alone, k?

Pink and Red Geraniums for the DIY Mother's Day Flower Basket Video Tutorial | #prodigalpieces #flowers #spring #mothersday #giftideas


From that thrifted basket selection above, the green one still had the price tag on it for $19.99, while the other has “Happy Harvest”. Now, “Happy Harvest” isn’t going to float for our Mother’s Day flower basket. haha. No fear…paint is here! I removed the broken handle (my daughter did that the instant I paid for it. geesh) and got started refreshing the basket. My Square Brush made an easy job of staying in the lines.

Painting Thrift Store Basket for DIY Mother's Day Gift | by Prodigal Pieces |

I also could have popped out the wood piece the text was printed on and just had a plain basket too or wrapped a ribbon around. Either way, this makes for a great planter.

Next, I cut a piece of the plastic sheeting large enough that it would extend a couple of inches past the top edge so I could fold it down. You could also measure the diameter and depth to figure out a size too. My video demonstrates sizing this best.

Thrifted Basket with Sheeting Liner |

Then, I press the sheeting liner in making sure to center it and leaving enough on each side for excess to be folded.

How to Line a Basket for Flower Planting by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces


When you’re satisfied with the layout, begin to staple the sheeting liner to the interior edge of the basket as shown below or in the video. Fold the liner towards the outside, and make sure to keep the edge below your basket for a clean finish. Also, you will need to slightly overlap as you go if your basket is round. You can see how I’ve used this liner in my DIY planters (free build plans) HERE.

Stapling Basket Liner |

Last, you’ll want to line the bottom of your basket with few stones or pebbles. This promotes drainage so you don’t get soggy roots or root rot. Bonus, the rocks offer a bit of weight stability if you plan to use this planter outside.

Add Rocks to Bottom of Planter to Promote Drainage | DIY Mother's Day Planter Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #mothersday #giftideas #flowers #garden #home #homedecor

Next up…FLOWERS. {{happy dance}}

While I may think this is the super fun part, many feel daunted by flower selection. The problem that many face when shopping for flowers is knowing what goes well together. First, think of what mom likes (pinks, purples, red, yellows, whites, etc). The items I look for first are the ones that are going to add height. For instance, I prefer a grassy spike to add fun, then work around it heading downward. I go over this in detail in my video tutorial.

Yellow Flowers in Terra Cotta Pot by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #garden #flowers #spring #mothersday


Also, since many flowers come in packs of 6, I try to find flowers that are a neutral for more than one mom. For instance, white pansies, alyssum and dusty miller) all make a great neutral combo and filler. Then, I look for the color scheme to compliment the flowers I’ve chosen. For one mom, I chose a red geranium and then picked out flowers to compliment that red (snapdragons, dianthus).  Meanwhile, the other basket got more of a pink color scheme.

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For even more dynamics, choose an ivy that will trellis out of the basket and create interest.

Create a beautiful Mother's Day Flower Basket with this video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #mothersday #flowers #giftideas #home

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Over the spring and summer months, this basket will flourish and fill out with lush details. I can’t wait to gift these and see.

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Since I’m totally wanting to celebrate mother’s everywhere, here is my gift to you. I created this basket with a ticking lining, and it is filled with

  • #trashure mug with tea basket strainer
  • one of my handmade sheep
  • set of vintage linen napkins with lace edging
  • handmade vintage doily
  • a handmade antique typewriter key bracelet that reads, “HOPE”
  • and a digital gift card to my shop treat yourself to something fun.

Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway from Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #mothersday #giveaway #farmhouse #home #homedecor

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Up next, this funky thrifted find needs a much needed makeover (do ya think?) See the new look HERE.

Handmade Upcycled Pallet Wine Rack Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Carla Erickson

    The baskets are lovely! Thanks for sharing the DIY!

    April 30, 2019 at 6:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure, Carla. I think flowers are one of the best gifts.

      April 30, 2019 at 8:15 am Reply
      • Maria Howard

        So cute!!

        April 30, 2019 at 2:45 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Thank you, Maria!

          April 30, 2019 at 3:07 pm Reply
        • Sara

          I love roses, peonies and tulips.

          April 30, 2019 at 10:20 pm Reply
          • Larissa

            You speak my language. 🙂

            May 1, 2019 at 5:00 am
      • Sherry Fram

        Love the baskets!! My favorite flower to receive are lilies & gerbera daisies mixed together.

        May 2, 2019 at 11:46 am Reply
        • Larissa

          That’s a fantastic combo. Yay!

          May 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    I look forward to seeing your work every have an amazing heart. May god bless you this mothers day❤

    April 30, 2019 at 7:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words mean much as I try to share some sort of useful tidbit. Thank you, Lori.

      April 30, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Shelly

    Great job as always!

    April 30, 2019 at 7:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Shelly.

      April 30, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply
      • Nickie

        This looks amazing. What a creative idea!!

        April 30, 2019 at 4:01 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Thanks so much, Nickie! Super fun for me.

          April 30, 2019 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Susan Carter

    I love seeing what you recreate. It’s a great way for me to get new ideas and think outside the box!
    Thank you!!

    April 30, 2019 at 7:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! Maybe it should be think outside the basket. tee hee. 😉

      April 30, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Carol N

    Great site! Great giveaway. I love Carnations.

    April 30, 2019 at 7:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the love, Carol.

      April 30, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply
  • Annie

    Hi, I love your tutorials on how you create your treasures. Although i’ve recycled used baskets to plant flowers in, I never thought to line the basket with plastic first. Hence, by the end of the season, the bottom was rotted out. duh. Thank you for sharing this amazing tip.
    Congratulations on SIX years of blogging.

    April 30, 2019 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Been there! Those kind of light-bulb moments are always fun. haha. Sweet hugs to you!

      April 30, 2019 at 8:17 am Reply
  • ColleenB.-Tx.

    Congratulations on your 6 years of blogging. Like what you had done with your baskets.
    Favorite flowers for me to receive;Roses but no cut flowers for me. I like to receive a rose plant. I never was much for cut flowers as they only last for short period of time so really Any flowered plant that I can plant is always nice to receive.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

    April 30, 2019 at 8:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! My how time flies…eep! You are speaking my language. I actually can’t help myself for getting mad at my husband when he buys me flowers. I always tell him to get me a perennial instead that I can plant and live in the moment forever. Alas…I still get cut flowers. {{head smack}}

      April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am Reply
  • Shelley S

    I’ve never seen a basket lined like that, only a slightly smaller pot stuck inside. This has much less possibility of leaking. Lovely job!

    April 30, 2019 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It truly is the best way I’ve found because unless you water down the side, there is not leaks, which leaves me a very happy mama. woot! 😀 Thanks!

      April 30, 2019 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Edie Smoak

      Love the flower baskets! My favorite flower gift is really anything I can grow in the yard – maybe prefer perennials or flowering shrubs the most because they’ll bring me happy memories of the gifting occasion for years to come.

      May 2, 2019 at 11:40 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        You and me both, including animals. haha. Love it! 😀

        May 3, 2019 at 5:16 am Reply
  • Kim

    Great job, as always, Larissa! Don’t forget, your garden center employees often have helpful insights as to what goes together!

    April 30, 2019 at 8:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Absolutely, though I never follow book…haha. 🙂

      April 30, 2019 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    My favorite flower to receive would be roses.

    April 30, 2019 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Classically beautiful and heaven scent. 🙂

      April 30, 2019 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    I subscribe to newsletter.

    April 30, 2019 at 9:05 am Reply
  • Jane Clelland

    I’m inspired! Thank you! Keep up the great work!

    April 30, 2019 at 9:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what I love to hear, Jane. Thank you!

      April 30, 2019 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    Your creativity never ends! Lovely baskets! I’m not too picky about having a favorite flower when someone gives me a bouquet, but anything purple really gets my attention!

    April 30, 2019 at 9:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun to hear that, Kathy. Thank you! I’m with you.

      April 30, 2019 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Ruth Shave

    Great ideas!

    April 30, 2019 at 10:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Ruth.

      April 30, 2019 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Becky

    Pretty, pretty! I love flowers! I..Must..Stay..Out..Of..Greenhouses..This..Year. Haha! Regrettably, not filling all my flower pots is one way to save more toward that pesky pay-off-the-house plan. 😊 I’m thinking creatively… There are certainly cheap ways to get color on my decks!
    My favorite flower? Anything pink! Petunias, roses, geraniums, tulips (hooray for perennials/bulbs)!!! My tulips and daffodils make me so happy! I loooove dusty miller in my pots. We are back in the woods and have a ton of shade, so I am a bit limited by that. …Oooo, I REALLY want to get a bunch of hearty cyclamen for my flower beds someday! That’s supposed to love shade, and I love my not-so-hearty indoor one.
    Happy, happy, HAPPY Mother’s Day to you!!!

    April 30, 2019 at 10:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Me too! Hundreds of dollars I’ve spent in the last few years fixing, replacing, and planting around our home. We have one dead ornamental tree yet, and another to replace and THAT IS IT. hee hee. Sounds like you are a kindred spirit, Becky. Mother’s Day hugs!

      April 30, 2019 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Lynne

    Flowers are definitely a way to my heart. I love to receive them and I love to give them as gifts. Thank you for the inspiration!

    April 30, 2019 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      There’s nothing better than flower to make or bring a smile. 😀

      April 30, 2019 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Renee Pedersen

    I’ve stuck flowers in many different things but I have never put any in baskets which seems like a natural choice to me. Thanks for the idea. I certainly have plenty of baskets that I am not using that would make excellent planters for mother’s day! You come up with the best ideas!

    April 30, 2019 at 10:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hooray!! I would love to see what you create. I really enjoy creating planters of all sorts of mixes. Thanks for the smile! 😀

      April 30, 2019 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    Flowers to plant are a constant present. Enjoyable all season. I also love perennials. Fun to look for them the next year also. Great 6 years for you. I have enjoyed your blog so much.

    April 30, 2019 at 11:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! I actually get mad if my husband gets me cut flowers…haha. I always say PERENNIAL please! 😀 It makes sense and allows me to relive memories. Thanks for the well-wishes!

      April 30, 2019 at 12:01 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hi Larissa, First of all, Congratulations on 6 years with your blog! Thank you for all the projects, recipes, ideas, tutorials, inspiration and giveaways that you have shared with us over the years!!
    Your baskets of flowers are a perfect way to say I love you Mom! An early wish for a very happy Mother’s day to you!!

    April 30, 2019 at 11:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I can’t believe how time has flown. wow! I bet you can’t guess how many posts I’ve created in those years. tee hee. Wishing you the same!

      April 30, 2019 at 12:02 pm Reply
    • Linda Kinder

      I love your creativity!! I’ve been spotting things in the thrift store, and wondered ‘what would Larissa do with this!’.

      April 30, 2019 at 3:33 pm Reply
      • Larissa

        aww…I could just hug ya, Linda! You are so fun. I could hug ya! 🙂

        April 30, 2019 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • janet a phillips

    Love your projects — always so inspiring . Congratulations on 6 years and hope for many more !

    April 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! I’m delighted to be still going and hoping to keep at it too. Thank you, Janet.

      April 30, 2019 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • rana durham

    i love flowers especially lilies.

    April 30, 2019 at 1:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are such an elegant flower. 🙂

      April 30, 2019 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • Ann

    That was a really neat process! It gave me some good ideas. 🙂
    I love to receive fresh flowers. No roses, though, and nothing splashy or over-the-top. Just a simple, heartfelt bouquet will win me over! A couple of my favorite flowers are ranunculus and peonies.

    April 30, 2019 at 1:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You speak my language…peonies and ranunculus…mmmm Wildflower are preferred over any for me too.

      April 30, 2019 at 3:03 pm Reply
  • Kelly D

    I did enjoy this project! I like any flowers that someone gives me. Maybe my favorite is roses.

    April 30, 2019 at 1:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome! They are just the best gift and so timeless too.

      April 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    How fun!! I just bought a basket similar to your harvest basket yesterday from an Easter clearance. Looks like I know what to do with it now 😉

    April 30, 2019 at 1:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Score for you, Kimberly! I would love to see what you do with too. Fun!

      April 30, 2019 at 3:06 pm Reply
  • Sara Zielinski

    Favorite flower to receive is the tulip.

    April 30, 2019 at 2:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Any particular color? Mine are coming up and they’re happy faces are such a sight to see.

      April 30, 2019 at 3:06 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Oh my, I just love the green basket! Cute idea and I really like the basket with the striped lining. Well done my dear.

    April 30, 2019 at 2:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t believe it still had the tag on it too. Woot! Thank you. I had fun making the gift set. Exciting to see who wins! And wish I had one for everyone.

      April 30, 2019 at 3:07 pm Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    Absolutely beautiful. Love spring and flowers. My fave is yellow roses

    April 30, 2019 at 6:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They just bring such joy, don’t they? Good pick.

      April 30, 2019 at 9:10 pm Reply
  • Angel Taraila

    Such a great tutorial. I found you on YouTube and love the easy pace of your instruction. I’m just getting into plants and gardening and definitely doing this for my mom. She’ll love it

    April 30, 2019 at 8:30 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy you found me, Angel. Your words of encouragement mean much. Thank you!

      April 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Diana

    Beautiful job, as always!

    April 30, 2019 at 9:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad you think so, Diana. Thank you!

      April 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Donna

    You always make awesome stuff. Love your style. Happy Mothers Day Larissa

    April 30, 2019 at 9:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear, Donna. I try to share things others would enjoy too. Thank you!

      April 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Sam - Raggedy Bits

    This is such a lovely idea, Larissa! I love making and giving gifts too but having flowers that will keep on making you smile is just such a sweet idea! I’m sure who ever receives these will be absolutly tickled pink!

    April 30, 2019 at 11:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. This was just a starting point as much could be added too, but I prefer simple. Having a reminder of those you love is like getting a hug every time you see it.

      May 1, 2019 at 5:01 am Reply
  • Mary Kaiser

    Wow those turned out so beautiful. You are always so inspirational, I appreciate you sharing your wonderful ideas with us, thanks a lot!

    May 1, 2019 at 4:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted to be able to share, Mary. Thank you for the love.

      May 1, 2019 at 5:01 am Reply
  • Cindy Brannon

    I love flowers of all sorts.

    May 1, 2019 at 6:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both. I haven’t met one I don’t like. 😉

      May 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Deb T

    Very sweet! Lavender roses are my all time fav 🙂

    May 1, 2019 at 10:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…those are a good pick. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. Thanks!

      May 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Ann Trippy

    The baskets look great with the plants. I never thought of putting ivy type plants in my planters. Great job.

    May 2, 2019 at 8:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure to share, Ann. Hugs!

      May 2, 2019 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Kisti Huffman

    I love this idea. Surely I have a few baskets to upgrade!

    May 2, 2019 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet! I think we all do…ahem. 🙂

      May 2, 2019 at 10:48 am Reply
  • Kayla Klontz

    I really love red roses.

    May 2, 2019 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Janet Large

    I am always so inspired by you and your creativity

    May 2, 2019 at 10:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That just made my day, Janet. Thank you!

      May 2, 2019 at 10:49 am Reply
  • Cassandra D

    Nice flower basket. I like to receive pink roses.

    May 2, 2019 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. Classic pink for the win.

      May 2, 2019 at 10:49 am Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    Love the give away!

    May 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • Denise

    I typically give my Mom begonias for Mother’s Day. This will be a special way to present them – thanks for the idea!

    May 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s a fabulous gift. Yay!

      May 2, 2019 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Ellie Wright

    I love to receive yellow roses or tulips.

    May 2, 2019 at 5:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…love those too. My yellow tulips just finished.

      May 2, 2019 at 9:02 pm Reply
  • Abby

    Your baskets turned out so gorgeous! My husband usually buys me a miniature rosebush, so that’s my favorite 🙂

    May 2, 2019 at 5:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      What a wonderful gift! 😀

      May 2, 2019 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • arlie murphy

    Love your makeovers, you have so much talent. Roses or Daisy

    May 2, 2019 at 11:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Arlie. I adore you choices as well.

      May 3, 2019 at 5:16 am Reply

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