Maybe you’re skilled in metal working… or know someone who is. Instead of the usual flowers for Mother’s day, why not try something a little more durable? Over on Instructables jaredzeuli has created a realistic rose from pieces of scrap stainless steel.
This is one of the better Instructables I’ve read, with good information and lots of detailed pictures. Unfortunately it requires a skill level that I probably can’t attain, not to mention the shop equipment. However, it occurred to me that a similar rose could also be made from sheet copper or brass which can easily be cut with scissors or snips, and soldered with a torch. Then there are a variety of patinas that can be applied to give it color, and patterns can be hammered into the surface to give it a realistic appearance.
This is a gadget that the significant other in your life may actually appreciate.