Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018
Houseplants have exploded in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. They have the ability transform any living space into a bright and thriving environment. Some even purify the air and make people feel more relaxed and calm. With almost four hundred thousand known species, there’s a plant to suit every personality, lifestyle and home.
Part of the fun of cultivating plants is finding new and unique ways to put them on display. Whether you opt to hang them as part of a gallery wall or decorate your coffee table, we’ve compiled a list of some creative DIY gifts for the plant-lovers in your life.
1. Rustic Wagon Wheel Wreath
This playful wagon wreath is the perfect decoration to usher in spring flowers. Its rustic charm will be appreciated by anybody who eagerly anticipates an abundance of blossoms.
2. Whimsical Face Vases
A plain teacup gets a playful makeover with the addition of some simple artwork. Create an assortment of silly faces, add some small plants to create “hair”, and hand these out as party favors or end of year teacher gifts.
3. DIY Photo Board
A DIY photo board is a great gift for displaying a multitude of memories in one easy statement piece. For a little bit of sparkle, consider using fairy lights instead of wire — it will add some twinkle to your creation!
4. Sand Terrariums with Air Plants
Colored sand creates unique patterns to give these small terrariums an added edge. These tiny works of art are the perfect display for a variety of air plants, and would make great gifts any day of the year.
5. Boxed Wall Plant Decorations
These bright and charming wall boxes display a variety of plants in an unexpected way. They would make a perfect housewarming gift for any dorm or apartment dwelling plant-lovers.
6. Tiled Moroccan Planters
Exotic, colorful samples from a local tile store bring these vibrant DIY planters to life. Pair them with some unique plants for the perfect gift for your globe-hopping friend.
7. Inked Glass Jars
Alcohol inks create a beautiful drip effect on recycled glass vases. Experiment with different color combinations for a truly unique gift that perfectly complements a fresh bouquet of flowers.
8. Decanter Flower Vase
Wine decanters make great gifts on their own. For an unexpected twist on a traditional gift, create a personalized glass decanter and fill it with an array of colorful wildflowers.
9. Heart Shaped Herb Markers
These adorable herb markers are perfect for the budding chef, helping keep their living ingredients organized. Pair them with an assortment of herbs for a gift that will both smell and taste delicious!
10. Floral Inspired Large Photo Album
Preserve your loved one’s memories with a beautiful large format photo book. Choose a favorite floral or plant pattern for the cover, and create a keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.
11. Rustic Plant Gift Wrap
Nothing makes a better gift than a plant or tree, but it can be hard to wrap. Use some burlap or paper in a creative way to add a little flair to your already perfect present.
12. Beachy Succulent Planters
Decorative stones and rope add a relaxed coastal vibe to a glass succulent display. This beachy planter is perfect for all the mermaids in your life.
13. Rustic Wood Slab Vase
This DIY tree ring vase is perfect for lovers of rustic home decor. For a sentimental touch, choose a slab of wood from a location that has special meaning to the recipient, such as a beloved childhood park. It’s something that will be cherished for years to come.
14. Flower Paper Lanterns
Simple paper lanterns get an elegant upgrade when adorned with silk flowers. This is the perfect gift to help someone bring the magic of outdoors inside year around.
15. Creative Wreath Photo Display
In lieu of traditional frames, display photos in a modern DIY hoop wreath. A border of romantic greenery adds a touch of sophistication to treasured memories.
16. Rustic DIY Wood Planters
These large DIY planters are the perfect gift for the avid gardener with a spacious patio or porch area. The wood can be finished with a variety of paint or stain options to suit the recipient’s style.You can customize to your heart’s content!
17. Floating Eucalyptus Tea Lights
These stunningly simple tea lights are an elegant gift for a plant lover in need of de-stressing. Calming Eucalyptus leaves are suspended in water, evoking a sense of relaxation and calm. Encourage the recipient to draw a bath, light a match and let their worries fade away.
18. DIY Flower Vase Canvas Art
This DIY project is a stunning and easy gift for your plant-loving pal. It’s a fresh and creative take on the classic flower vase as a gift. Gift it on its own or with color photos of the same color palette. Either way, they are sure to love it.
19. Plant Wall Art
If actual plants aren’t an option, give the next best thing: framed plant art! DIY wall art doesn’t have to be expensive — these printables are totally free! Curate a few different pieces of your recipient’s favorite greenery, and frame them to create a complete set.
20. Crushed Cement Planters
These whimsical cement planters are an environmentally friendly way to upcycle plastic cups. Gift a set filled with a variety of herbs to someone who loves cooking as much as gardening.
21. Photo Beverage Coasters
Nothing’s better than kicking back on the patio with a cold one. Your plant loving friends will love spending time outside with a set of personalized photo beverage coasters. Customize them with photos or illustrations of their favorite plants.
22. Shadow Box Terrarium
For the plant lover who is stuck at a desk all day, this small shadow box terrarium makes a thoughtful gift. Help bring some green into their office space with this easy DIY tutorial.
23. Photo Cube Planter
A personalized photo cube is a charming display perfect for a desk or other small space. This gift doubles as a planter. The combination of treasured memories and greenery is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.
24. Hanging Copper Bud Vases
Small metallic dipped flasks are the perfect size for holding single stems of bright flowers. Make a statement by hanging multiple vases together to create a vibrant wall of floral bliss.
25. Patterned Black and White Planters
The deep green of plant leaves pairs handsomely with these black and white planters. With a multitude of geometric shapes and patterns to choose from, you can design a truly one of a kind gift.
26. Easy Air Plant Wreath
Because air plants are so easy to care for, they make a great gift for even those with questionable green thumbs. This rustic wreath can be decorated to match the season, and will be a welcome sight hanging from a loved one’s front door.
27. Upcycled Colored Vases
Simple terracotta vases go from drab to dreamy when given a makeover with spray paint. Find a shape and size your gift recipient will love, and color accordingly. The sky’s the limit!
28. DIY Mid-Century Modern Planter
This Scandinavian-inspired look is all the rage right now. Gift a trendy friend this uniquely shaped planter using this easy, low-cost tutorial.
29. Gardener Gift Basket
For the avid gardener, a gift basket full of a variety of flower seeds is the way to go! Your loved one will get to enjoy watching the fruits of their labor blossom into something quite beautiful.
30. Succulent Hoop Planter
Wow a plant lover with this rustic succulent hoop. It may look expensive and time-consuming, but is actually a super quick, low-cost DIY that will leave your gift recipient in complete awe.
31. DIY Vertical Photo Frames
Make these creative photo frames as a unique way to display precious photographs. The combination of wood and leather adds a rustic element that looks great alongside houseplants.
32. DIY Glass Terrarium
For the apartment-dwelling garden lover, glass terrariums are a simple, yet beautiful way to display small plants and moss. Their easy care and upkeep guarantees that they will be a cherished gift for years to come.
33. Hanging Terrarium
Small globe succulent hanging terrariums make a peaceful addition to bedroom decor. These living dreamcatchers will help the plant lovers in your life get some quality snoozetime.
34. Personalized Photo Picnic Blanket
A picnic blanket is a great gift for people who love to spend time outdoors. The blanket is extra special when its personalized with memorable photos and quotes from loved ones.
35. DIY Popsicle Stick Planter
On first glance, no one would ever know these hip and clever DIY planters were made from popsicle sticks! Experiment with dyeing the sticks different colors for a truly unique — and expensive looking — modern planter.
36. Colorful Ombre Plant Stand
Brighten up a room with a pop of color and a bit of green. These easy DIY planters will add a happy hue to any neutral toned room, and are a great way to test out something bold without the commitment.
If you’re looking for more ways to create your own happy little green space, consider these ideas for decorating your patio, styling your backyard, or dressing up your dorm decor. A plant (or five!) can make the difference between a space that feels lived-in versus a space that actually feels alive.