Do you have a DIY Mother’s Day gift idea for the woman who gave you life?

If not, today’s your lucky day! I’m going to show you how to create an easy, succulent planter that any mother would love: Flying Disc Flowers!

Flying discs make perfect containers for mini succulent gardens. And when the plants outgrow their unique home, the flying disc will be ready for flight! It’s two gifts in one!

This DIY Mother’s Day gift idea is a perfect project for large groups. Teachers, Scout leaders and art clubs can order as few as 12 bulk-priced 9.25-inch flying discs at

What’s a succulent?

First, let me tell you a little bit about succulents. They are part of a big plant family with a buffet of delightful textures. Many varieties produce exotic blooms. A few popular types include aloe, Haworthia, hens and chicks, cacti and sedum. Most have thick, rubber-like leaves and stems that hold moisture and require little maintenance. They are typically available year-round at nurseries and garden centers.

DIY Flying Disc Flowers
DIY Mother's Day Gift Supplies

You’ll need

  • Flying disc or bowl-shaped planter
  • Sharp tool or drill (to create drainage holes)
  • Potting soil with perlite
  • Sand (sandbox variety)
  • Succulents


DIY Mothers Day Gift Step 1

  1. Since succulents thrive on proper drainage, place a few small holes in the flying disc so excess water can escape.DIY Mothers Day Gift Step 2
  2. Fill the flying disc with three parts potting soil to two parts sand. Slightly mound the soil to prevent plants from sitting in puddled water.DIY Mothers Day Gift Step 3
  3. Plant the tallest succulent in the center as a centerpiece. If you prefer, you can use a statue or other decorative piece for your focal point.DIY Mothers Day Gift Step 4
  4. Plant the rest of the succulents around the centerpiece, mixing up textures and colors as you go. The plants used in the photo above are donkey ears (also called panda plant) in the center with baby jade and hens and chicks surrounding it. Keep the plants close to one another for a full, lush look. Succulents like togetherness.DIY Mothers Day Gift Step 5
  5. (Optional) Use sea shells, pea gravel or aquarium stones to fill in any gaps.

Tips for Mom:

  • Six to eight hours of sun is recommended for these plants each day.
  •  Succulents can easily rot if over-watered. Use a narrow watering spout to direct the stream into the soil, not on the foliage. (When watering, place the planter in the sink or above another container while draining.)
  • Most succulents are indoor plants and will not survive outdoors in frigid winters.
  • When it’s time to transplant you’ll have a fun flying disc to enjoy or keep on hand for kids and grand kids!mother's day flying discs

Share your own Flying Disc Flowers experience! Leave a comment below or a shareable link to an image of your masterpiece!

Happy Mother’s Day!

— Shelley Grieshop


Shelley Grieshop is a former newspaper journalist who earned more than a dozen Associated Press awards for her in-depth research and writing skills. In May 2016, she joined Totally Promotional as a creative writer. She currently writes company blogs about branding, marketing, logos, wedding planning and much more. One of her life goals is to teach people when to use hyphens and apostrophes.

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