During the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, our thoughts are always in one place: What should I get for my mom to celebrate the special holiday? Many people opt for clothing, beauty products and housewares, but it’s no secret that every mom loves receiving homemade gifts. Not to worry, though! If you aren’t feeling super creative, we have an easy and lovely do-it-yourself gift idea for you: A bouquet. Flowers make the perfect Mother’s Day present, especially if your mom is passionate about gardening, and a bouquet you put together yourself will be even more personal. If you aren’t sure where to begin, take a look at this step-by-step guide for putting together a flower arrangement for your mom this Mother’s Day:

1. Choose Your Focal Points
The first step to creating a beautiful and unique flower arrangement is to decide which florals you want to use as the focal point. If you know your mom has a favorite flower, that’s a great place to start. If not, consider some traditional springtime flowers that are sure to be in season. Some classic spring favorites include tulips, shasta and gerbera daisies, hydrangeas, lilies and irises. And remember: You can’t go wrong with classic roses. Choose a bright spring color like orange or yellow instead of red for this particular holiday.

2. Use Complementary Accents
Now that you’ve chosen your focal flowers, pick out some blooms you can use as accents in the bouquet. Since your focal flowers are the larger and more obvious blooms, your accent flowers should complement their color and shape, while also filling the arrangement out. You can pair any two flowers together, but keep the color combinations in mind to ensure they’ll look nice together. Some common accent flowers include daisy spray, rose spray, lavender or small carnations or mums.

3. Find a Filler
Fillers are used to add a little bit of green to the arrangement, although many have tiny blossoms as well. Fern leaves, baby’s breath, Queen Anne’s lace, stock, seeded eucalyptus, wax flowers, pittosporum and asparagus fronds all work well to fill out flower arrangements.

Not sure what flowers to choose? Here are some combinations you may want to try:

  • White lilies, accented with pink rose spray and a pittosporum filler
  • Bold multi-colored gerberas, accented with yellow daisies and a lavender filler
  • Colorful tulips, accented with paperwhites and a fern filler

4. Pick the Perfect Vase and Start Arranging
Once you’ve chosen your focal, accent and filler flowers, it’s time to choose something to arrange them in. Vases are a great option, but don’t be afraid to get a little creative! Almost any sort of vessel can be used to display a bouquet, from mason jars and urns to watering cans and pitchers. The most important thing is finding your mom a vase or vessel she’ll love, and which she can use over and over again.
To arrange the flowers, begin by placing the filler around the edge of your vase. This will help the focal and accent flowers stay in place and stand tall. Then place the focal flowers, followed by the accents. If you’re using a short or wide vase for your arrangement, here’s a pro tip: Use thin strips of cellophane tape to create a grid-shaped pattern over the opening. Your flowers will stand up, rather than draping over the sides.

5. Write a Meaningful Note
Finally, no floral gift is complete without a small card. Find a pretty card (or in the sprit of DIY, make one!), and hand write your mom a meaningful and personal message. She’ll absolutely love the handmade bouquet, but the handwritten note will provide a lovely final touch she won’t forget.