Mini Succulent Garden with Chalkboard Lazy Susan~ Homemade Mother's Day Project

Today is the first day of the Mother's Day Blog Hop  and I could hardly wait to share my post with you ~ It's a whole heapin' bunch of things I like.

My Mom passed away over 20 years ago so thinking about what to give as a Mother's Day gift hasn't been something I've had to do for a long time but when I was getting ready to do this post I remembered little things about my Mom {that made me smile} and thought how from the time I was little on I always made her at least one gift for Mother's Day and even if I bought her a few others she always treasured the homemade gifts most.

I love plants and with summer around the corner, this was a gift to me ~ a mini garden that I can put in my sunroom or on a table outside and when the weather starts to turn cold again I can bring it inside.

I chose a plain wooden lazy Susan as the base for my project, sanded it down and then painted it with 4 coats of green chalkboard paint.  I'm a big fan of the black chalkboard paint but because I wanted this to represent a garden I went with the green paint.

I picked up a colander at the thrift store for 75 cents and a coconut plant liner at the Dollar Tree that I used to line the colander.

{I wanted to use all three of the above but ran out of room on the lazy Susan so just went with the colander}

Next, I added some good quality dirt and some succulents from Ikea and I topped this off with some moss.

The lantern is also from Ikea and I thought would be nice with a citronella candle in it if you Mom will be using it outdoors.

I cut some fresh flowers from my yard and placed them into a Mason jar to add some color to the gift.

The final step is this card {you can download it here}.

This little mini Mother's Day garden would be perfect for any Mom whether she has a deck, a sunroom, a patio or just a sunny window.  The lazy Susan can be changed out and updated for different occasions and you can surprise Mom with love notes any time you drop by to visit her {she'll love that!}.

Be sure to follow along on the Mother's Day Blog Hop with all of these fabulous blogs who will be posting in the order shown here:

Dukes & Duchesses

Setting for Four

Yesterday on Tuesday

Uncommon Designs


Making Lemonade

Domestically Speaking

Alderberry Hill

Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The Hop will wrap up with a $200.00 Visa Gift Card Giveaway PLUS Jewelry from Lucy's Inspired and juNxtaposition starting on April 27th so be sure to come back to enter the giveaway!

Linking to:  Memories by the Mile, Live, Laugh, Rowe, Tidy Mom, French Country Cottage, 504 Main, The DIY Showoff, Monday Funday

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  1. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    Mary Beth, this is just beautiful! I love the chalkboard lazy susan. Pinning and have a lovely day!

  2. Gorgeous Mary Beth! I love succulents - what a pretty way to display them! Pretty card you made too!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Heather!

      Hugs, Mary Beth

  3. Katherines Corner says:

    this is gorgeous, love it!!! xo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Katherine 🙂


  4. It is just gorgeous! I love succulents and they are so easy to take care of. The lazy susan is so pretty dressed in green.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Kristin.

      Mary Beth

  5. Elena @ `a casarella says:

    What a sweet project! (And you know I heave a soft spot for succulents!)

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Elena ~ succulents are just the cutest little things!

  6. Hi Mary Beth
    What a beautiful project. I love the lazy susan chalkboard paint idea. Especially like your use of the old colander. I found a vintage flour sifter a few weeks ago, and turned it into a planter, too. Great minds think alike 🙂 It's on my blog.
    Have a great day,

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Doreen. I love vintage kitchen items...they are among my favorite thrift store finds.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Mary Beth

  7. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    Love this Mary Beth! What a fabulous Mother's Day idea!

  8. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    Beautiful Mary Beth.. any Mom would love this!

  9. What a thoughtful and clever gift MB. It's beautiful! xoxo

  10. Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile says:

    Love the plate, would be good for everyday little bots or any occasion. Pretty arrangement too! My link party is LIVE, come on over to
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  11. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill says:

    So pretty...the lazy susan is fab!

  12. Randi - Dukes and Duchesses says:

    What a great Mother's Day project! I love the succulents!

  13. Anjana @ At The Corner Of Happy & Harried says:

    Awww... that is such a cute project! I live so far away from my Mom, so only a card is going to do...
    This would be so cute for a mother-child project as well!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Anjana ~ sorry you don't live closer to your Mom. 🙁

  14. Southern Scraps says:

    Such a creative and clever project. Love the painted tray and the succulent.

  15. Jocie@TheBetterHalf says:

    super cute! i love that chalkboard lazy susan!!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Jocie ~ I've been having fun with it all's gone from the sunroom to the dining room and now it's on the coffee table.

      Have a great week,

      Mary Beth

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