Here's the perfect gift for the eco-mom this Mother's Day! Give like a gardener with this stunning DIY planter made from an empty bottle, some South African flavour, a cute creeper, and a splash of creativity. Whether the mom in your life is an auntie, sister, cousin, or guardian – this home-made act of gratitude is sure to show them just how much you adore their presence in your life.
You will need:
- A clean, empty 2l milk/juice carton (remove any labels and glue, keep the lid).
- Waterproof paint.
- A permanent marker.
- Knife or scissors.
- An African-inspired cloth for the kopdoek/headband (larger piece) and neck (small piece).
- Rope for hanging.
- Potting soil (available at your GCA Garden Centre).
- A cute creeper (as hair) from your GCA Garden Centre. Go for a fun outing and check out which creepers are in season now.
Plant picks: Pilea glauca bowl, String of beads, Philodendron selloum and other Philodendron varieties, Guzmania varieties, Spider plant, and Pathos.
Making your Mamma
- Turn your carton upside down and conceptualise: the opening serves as the neck of your character, the handle becomes the nose, and the bottom end becomes the top of her head where the plant will go.
- Cut off the “head” quarter of the carton (not the lid end).
- Cut a few drainage holes/slits in the lid cap of your carton (her neck). Cut holes for the rope from which to hang your planter and then thread it through.
- Paint or draw on her lips above the neck, create her eyebrows just above the ending of the nose, and then her eyes, either opened or closed with luscious lashes, of course! You can play with the facial features of your mamma – perhaps add a nose ring or earnings, a little blush or eyeshadow. You could even make an African pappa or a few kids to accompany her.