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. Mary Beth, this is just beautiful! I love the chalkboard lazy susan. Pinning and have a lovely day!
    Cindy Eikenberg´s last blog post ..Dedicated to a Special Mom

  2. Gorgeous Mary Beth! I love succulents – what a pretty way to display them! Pretty card you made too!
    Heather´s last blog post ..Mother’s Day Blog Hop and Giveaway!

  3. this is gorgeous, love it!!! xo
    Katherines Corner´s last blog post ..Hung Out To Dry

  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.

  5. What a sweet project! (And you know I heave a soft spot for succulents!)
    Elena @ `a casarella´s last blog post ..Mason Jar Wedding Kit

  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,
    Doreen´s last blog post ..Sifting through the Treasures at the Local Vintage Marketplace

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

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Mary Beth

  7. Love this Mary Beth! What a fabulous Mother’s Day idea!
    Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon´s last blog post ..Getting Honest about my Laundry

  8. Beautiful Mary Beth.. any Mom would love this!

  9. What a thoughtful and clever gift MB. It’s beautiful! xoxo
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  10. 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
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  11. So pretty…the lazy susan is fab!
    Sarah @ Alderberry Hill´s last blog post ..Mother’s Day Blog Hop & $200 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

  12. What a great Mother’s Day project! I love the succulents!

  13. 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!!
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  14. Such a creative and clever project. Love the painted tray and the succulent.
    Southern Scraps´s last blog post ..Bling frame, candle holder and card- Mother’s Day Gift Set

  15. super cute! i love that chalkboard lazy susan!!!!
    Jocie@TheBetterHalf´s last blog post ..Porter Cable Bench Sander Review

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

      Have a great week,

      Mary Beth