We may have just finished thanking Mother Earth on Earth Day for all of those beautiful blooming spring flowers, but now it is time to “Love Your Mother” and bestow some flower-loving on our moms.
Let’s look at the four choices we have for giving flowers:
1. You could go to the grocery store and buy some, but the environment pays a heavy price for that kind of love. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, “A $16 billion annual business in the United States, cut flowers are among the most pesticide dependent of crops. In Ecuador, the second- largest U.S. supplier of cut flowers, 60 percent of workers suffer from headaches, nausea or other ailments.”
2. The best eco-friendly alternative would be to buy local organic flowers. They are beautiful, but costly and may not be available in your area. According to USA Today, “The organic-flower industry is still in the seedling stage, even though these blooms are all around, even in most backyards. But to grow them at a scale big enough to supply retailers is difficult, and there are fewer than 100 such producers worldwide.”
3. Since it is too late to start growing your own for Sunday, I guess you could pick a few from your neighbors yard, but they may not appreciate it.
4. Mimic Mother Nature’s beauty and create your own flowers. Your mom will enjoy the fruits of your creative DIY labor.
10 DIY Eco-Friendly Handmade Flowers
Have you figured out that the fourth option is the most sustainable (and neighborly) choice? If so, then here is a nice array of DIY flowers that are worthy of eco-friendliness and not too childish.
1. This bouquet of flowers is a tutorial from Folding Trees. It makes a sweet tissue paper carnation bouquet. They suggest running a marker along the edge of the tissue paper for texture and definition. No need to buy tissue paper, I would suggest using leftover tissue paper from a gift, or asking for some at your local department store.
2. The blog, “How Does She?” creates plantable seed recycled paper flowers. Once she plants these, your mom’s flowers will become real!
4. Head over to the CraftyPod because Diane Gilleland has bunches of bouquet ideas for handmade flower-making, using leftover fabric, felt and buttons. Her book, Kanzashi In Bloom also includes some sustainable choices for flower-making. Read an interview I did with Diane here.
5. Nicky Epstein, one of the rock stars of the knitting world has written two inspiring books on the subject of Knitted Flowers and Crocheted Flowers. CRAFT provides a Pattern Podcast featuring a special flower pattern excerpt from each book. Knit up the Cabbage Rose or crochet a Beaded Beauty for your mom.
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6. I am adding this recycled bag flower from “Growing Up Creative.” I know, I said no kid stuff. But, I snuck this in because it was eco-friendly. Tali suggests spraying some perfume on the flower when it is completed. Maybe, to keep the flower squeaky green, spray essential oils or a natural perfume that your mom will love. Also, if you don’t have a pipe cleaner hanging around, use a twist tie and a twig.
7. “Maya*Made” uses a shredder scissor to create an indoor garden. Recycled newspaper, maps, and vintage sewing patterns all get snip, snip, snipped. All of Maya’s tutorials are wonderfully green and creative.
8. “Alpha+Mom’s” plantable flower paper is gorgeous. You may want to grab a child for this one too.
9. Folded and Sewn Ribbon Rose from Divan Niekerk
10. Felted Knitted Flower from Susan B. Anderson