Mother’s Day

What could be more special than sending your mother a personalized photo vase filled with colorful roses? That’s our photocrafting project for today! Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your mother or a mother figure in your life with a special and personal photocrafting gift.

So how did Mother’s Day begin? The Greeks paid annual homage to Cybele, the mother figure of their gods, and the Romans dedicated an annual spring festival to the mother of their gods. In 16th century England a celebration called “Mothering Sunday” was inaugurated—a Sunday set aside for visiting one’s mother. In 1914 in the U.S., President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in several countries around the world at different points during the year and according to varying cultural traditions.

We’ve posted about several ideas already that would make special photocrafting Mother’s Day gifts: a fun mug, a cozy throw, a cute tote bag. A few weeks ago, I ran across and thought it would make an exceptionally unique gift. How special is a bouquet of flowers in a personal photo vase!

I made one for a niece’s birthday and it was very straightforward:

The first screen for showing a range of flower and vase options.

Pick out your design (in this case, the custom photo vase with whichever flowers you prefer.) I chose the photo vase with white roses that I subsequently switched to pink roses.

The second screen for showing the flowers and vase chosen.

Just confirm that you are creating a photo vase and select balloons if you want to add them to the order.

When you select the “Create My Custom Vase” button, you will first see a screen that has options to upload your photo and to add text above and below. Note that when you go to upload, the picture appears as it will wrap around the vase, not as a rectangle. (You might want to plan your picture so the left and right edges match to some extent. You can see that I didn’t; the ocean horizon on the left is lower than that on the right.) has an excellent preview. On the left, it shows the vase rotating and on the right it shows a still image that you can rotate slightly left or slightly right.

An image of the preview of the final vase shown both alone and rotating and as a still with the flowers included.

They present a calendar of possible delivery days and 2-day is an option! My niece was very pleased with her birthday flowers and vase. She said that the roses (which included some greenery as shown in the image) are packaged separately from the vase. The photo is actually on the inside of a clear glass vase. It’s waterproof so she simply put water in the vase and added the roses.

I really like this gift idea but be aware that it’s a bit pricey. There is the basic flower cost plus the vase plus delivery plus possible state tax adding up to at least $60. Whatever you decide, we hope you’ll find a photocrafting project that fits your gift!

* P.S. I want to show you photocraft projects that I’ve made myself. However, when the images include family and friends, I like to protect their privacy as much as possible. Many thanks to Unsplash and photographer Xavier Mouton Photographie  for providing a substitute of a mother and child at the coast.

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