Planter-making means book-defacing, so I knew I'd have to find one she would never, ever, ever need. And with her ever-growing foundation of Dutch, that language barrier doesn't present a viable argument. Thus, I was presented with a challenge. At my neighborhood secondhand book shop, I found an answer to my dilemma: a German-to-Swedish dictionary. Snap.
I almost followed Apartment Therapy's DIY verbatim, save for slathering on a layer of white glue both under and over the parchment paper, and using fresh moss from the buurt, rather than dried. You can find the tutorial here.
This little sucker took under two hours from start to finish, required minimal tools, cost less than €10 to make, and makes for one cool pressie. I chose these plants for their strangeness, and for their low-maintenance; they only need to be watered about once per month, perfect for a bizarre-loving, globetrotting lass.