With so many things that represent love, it might be hard to pick just one for your Mother’s Day gift.
A popular option nowadays is creating or buying a Mother’s Day arrangement. This unique spin on fresh flower delivery is a thoughtful way to show your mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, or friend how much they mean to you.
Your floral arrangement doesn't have to be filled with perfect pink tulips, though. It could be made of food, small gifts, different Mother’s Day flowers, or anything else you can think of. Below we’ll cover what goes into designing and creating a heartfelt arrangement so you’ll have the perfect gift this Mother’s Day.
What is a Mother’s Day arrangement?
A Mother’s Day floral arrangement can be a simple Mother’s Day gift or an elaborate one. In essence, it’s a beautiful bouquet—but not all are made from fresh flowers. These groups of items can be Mom's favorite flower, candy bars, fruit skewers, a combination of two or three, or anything else you can think of that fits the idea.
Elements of a Stunning Bouquet for Mother's Day
Once you know the type of bouquet you want, you need to know how to design one. First, you’ll need to make sure you have a variety of components. Though a bouquet made entirely of Snickers bars sounds delicious, throwing in a variety of candy bars or different types of Snickers bars to help vary the coloring will help you achieve a more put-together look.
Second, you need to determine the size of your arrangement. It can be as small or big as you want, with examples on the internet being as small as a few stems in a mason jar to a mantle-wide floral piece. In addition to the size of the arrangement, you may also want to experiment with individual components being different sizes.
Third, if you’re not using flowers, you’ll need to attach everything to a stem, like a wood skewer, or have a container they can nestle into nicely. If forgoing the stems, you might want to put a little filler in the bottom of the container to help give dimension and height to create a more varied feel to your beautiful bouquet.
Last, arrange your items in a way that you think looks nice. If your arrangement is round or square, have taller items in the middle with shorter items around the edges. Consider putting taller items in the back and shorter items in the front if it's long or rectangular.
It’ll probably be easiest to start with the taller/bigger items first, then fill the space with the smaller items. You can also add embellishments to the stems, such as wrapping them in burlap, wire, beads, or tulle.
Tip: if you’re having trouble getting your items to stay put, use a type of box/bucket filler (like glass rocks) or floral blocks to give your items some substance to stick into.
Floral Arrangement Ideas
For a floral gift, you’ll first need to determine the type of flowers you want to include as the starring element in the flower arrangement. This focal point is the main event—not greenery or filler flowers! If you already know your mom’s favorite flower, great! You can use those.
Other popular flowers in flower arrangements include lilies, carnations, roses, delphinium, pink gerberas, gladiolus, sunflowers, heather, and lavender. If desired, choose some flower filler to help create the shape of your flower arrangement. To arrange:
- Start with greens as a base (strips leaves from bottom ¼ of the stem)
- Add main flowers (strip all leaves)
- Add filler if needed
- Add embellishment (twine, ribbon, tulle, etc.) on stems if desired
Fruit Arrangement Ideas
When picking out your fruit for a fruit arrangement, consider firm ones, like strawberries, pineapple, grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon, apples, kiwis (if in season), and berries to fill in spaces. As always, the fruit should be ripe and ready to be eaten.
You can leave the fruit whole, cut it into slices, or use a cookie cutter to cut them into fun shapes like flowers, stars, hearts, etc. You can put a single piece of fruit on a skewer, or you can make a full kabob with various fruits stacked on top of each other and arrange these in a cute gift basket.
When arranging your fruit, choose a variety of colors to put together or stick to a color scheme like the red of watermelon, grapes, apples, and strawberries. You can put a thick apple slice in the bottom of your container to stick skewers into or stick them into the bottom half of a pineapple.
Consider dipping some of your fruit in chocolate to make a fun fruit and chocolate arrangement, or use flowers to fill in the spaces in your gift basket between the fruit skewers.
Candy Arrangement Ideas
We could absolutely see a candy arrangement being proudly presented as a Mother’s Day gift from her son or daughter, but candy, especially chocolate, will be most welcome from anyone who chooses to give it.
If you opt for a candy arrangement, consider getting several different kinds of candy bars that are not only your gift receiver's favorite but look nice as well. Anything that’s securely wrapped will work.
You can stick to a color theme, such as spring flowers of yellow and pink for Mother’s Day or perhaps flowers that reflect your mom’s favorite color. You can use a vase or decorate a bucket or other container as the base of your arrangement. It’s helpful to put some Styrofoam in the bottom so your candy’s skewers can stay in place.
You can glue candy bars to skewers or popsicle sticks, or you can put a foam ball on a skewer and glue candy to the Styrofoam ball. You can fill leftover space in the base of your container with smaller candies like kisses or mini Hershey’s bars.
Other Arrangement Ideas
Other arrangement ideas can be made using paper flowers, pipe cleaner flowers, cookies (with a popsicle stick sandwiched in between with frosting), fabric flowers with button centers, paper handprints, or an arrangement of family photos that can be displayed all year round.