Handmade Flowers For Mother’s Day (10 Tutorials/Videos)

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!

3. “Decor It Yourself” makes decorative Kirigami Flowers (template) in this video tutorial via CRAFT.

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.

Next: Five more DIY flower tutorials

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


Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago

Reminds me of making paper carnations for my mother from Kleenex.

Jewels S.
Jewels S7 years ago

I am going east soon to visit family and will teach my two neices how to make these. Thanks!

Joy Wong
Joy W7 years ago

Thanks Ronnie for the lovely flowers.

Eli Is An Idiot
.7 years ago

Great article. Thanks Ronnie!!

Nicole Brown
Nicole B7 years ago


Vicynthia Tjahjadi

Thank you for sharing.

Inez Deborah Altar

My father pitied slow-dying cut flowers, though sometimes he was prepared to let me pick them if we lost a lovely animal, and I saw from an order form that he once did order roses for my mother when they were in a great hardship caused by her persecution over a false accusation, I once made an artificial flower for him out of garlic net bands to adorn a turquoise gold-striped envelope I had from a gift of my own I got sent from the Israeli widow of a relative of his according to documents of his, in which I placed 68 short stories I had carefully written for his birthday, but he was blind and did not care that I read them to him basically because he resented I had written them in secret while cooking at his direction, and he thought that had made the quality of his food worse, as at times he truly almost worshipped food, so he never let me read them to me, since these short stories, as well as his birth certificate and a confirmation to his right of citizenship in a European country have been taken by elements who manage to enter my house at night in spite of locked doors, and already earlier the better duplicates of these documents were taken from me. I have no idea what these evil elements hope, since they can never destroy those on record at the respective archives. I gave my mother for Mother´s day a silver medallion depicting the Eucharist.

Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

I tried making papercraft flowers before, because live flowers, as my father put it, are an "endangered species" in my hands. Evidently I have no knack for it whatsoever. They were so bad, they went into the trash, and I never mentioned my attempt again until this moment. I made my mother many silk floral pieces. They are beautiful, and they last forever. I also make huge wreaths for my parents', grandparents', and former in-laws' graves. I will leave the paper craft flowers to those who can actually make something pretty. That person is obviously not me.

But, thanks for the effort that went into making the tutorials. That was really nice. I wish we could have more articles with tutorials. Sometimes, an article will advise how to make something, but one is never certain what the finished product is really supposed to look like. There have been times when I KNEW it wasn't supposed to look like the thing that I produced.

Aletta Kraan
Aletta Kraan7 years ago

Thanks !!!

Lorelai Ross
Lorelai R7 years ago

Ooooh! happiness ;) I didn't realize there were any crafting articles on this site. Crafting has always been a great way to recycle and conserve.