Cheap and Easy Easter decorating. Only really it’s spring decorating.

Before I get into today’s post, just a quick note that my Seed Starting Course: Sow You Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’ only costs $35, and that includes 3 packs of seeds selected just for you from Laura at Cubit’s! As you were … onto the post.

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I’m nothing less than notorious when it comes to Easter decorating.  I don’t like it.  I’m not sure why, other than the fact that most Easter decorating is hideous, ugly and awful.  And pukey.  Other than that … dunno.  Oh yeah, also Easter decorating is universally cutesy. And pastel. There’s no quicker way to my gag reflex than a cute pastel rabbit.  A box of Trix cereal is the only exception to that rule obviously.

Spring decorating on the other hand?  That I like.  Moss and birds’ nests and pretty bulbs reminding me that there’s life under the dirt coloured snow outside my window.  There’s probably also pop cans, dog poop and plastic bags but those don’t lend themselves to my current decorating theme.

So even though I say I decorate my house for Easter, (because what kind of crappy design blogger would admit to NOT decorating for a holiday), what I really decorate for … is SPRING.

In keeping with my Easter decorating is really Spring decorating, theory I have for you a REALLY easy, REALLY inexpensive spring arrangement that’s perfect for the Easter table.

Unless you already have a straw rabbit wearing check overalls picked out for that spot.

This is the sort of thing anyone can do. You don’t have to be particularly artistic or good with flower arranging. You just need to have at the very most, $18.

Materials

2 pots of small spring bulbs. (one 6″ pot, one 4″ pot)  ~ total cost $10

sand (or soil) ~ total cost $3

Aquarium rocks (you can also use floral rocks known as vase fillers but they’re way cheaper when you buy the same thing labelled as Aquarium rocks) ~ total cost $5

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Method

1. Fill your bowl (preferably a low one so you don’t need as much sand) with damp sand.  I used sand because a) that’s what I had around and b) originally I was going to put a few taper candles in the centrepiece and sand is perfect for that. Because it’s so dense you can push a taper candle into it and the sand will hold it in position.  There’s a handy little tip for you.  If you only have a bag of soil around, just use the soil.

 

 

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2. Carefully remove the bulbs from their plastic pots and tease the roots apart.  Try not to damage the roots.  Gently push the bulbs into the sand.  I like the look of the roots showing a bit, and since this arrangement is only going to last a week or so it doesn’t matter if the roots dry out a bit.

 

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3. Keep pushing the bulbs into the sand until your bowl is as full as you want.  I wanted my bowl to be a bit sparse looking.  Some of you might even want to leave the centrepiece like this with the sand and roots showing.  Others, will not.

 

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If you don’t like the look of the sand showing, that’s where the aquarium rocks come in.

 

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4.  Pour your aquarium rocks over the sand until it’s covered. Remember to get in between all of the bulbs.  Yes.  Even the places it’s hard to get the rocks into.  If you don’t it will look stupid and people will laugh at you.

 

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Ta da!  I bet you think we’re done!  We’re not.

 

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I bought one 4″ pot of crocuses.  There were around 3 bulbs in there.

 

 

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And I bought a 6″ pot of grape hyacinths.

If you fill your bowl up to be fairly sparse like I did you’ll still have bulbs leftover.

 

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Which means you can get one or two more mini arrangements out of your investment.

 

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For a total of $18, assuming you had to buy the gravel (aquarium rocks) and the sand you’ll end up with 3 nice Easter (Spring, really) arrangements.

 

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They’re pretty, springlike and simple.

 

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What they’re not, is pastel.

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34 Comments

  1. Paula says:

    Lovely and simple

  2. Tanya H. says:

    Can you re-pot the plants when you’re done with your arrangement or are they kaput after a week or so on display?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya H. You probably wouldn’t want to repot them, but you could plant them out in the garden. I’ve had so-so luck with planting my bulbs outside after they bloomed in the house. They won’t bloom again this year but chances are they will next year. ~ karen!

  3. I heart tjis. Gonna have to try it. Question. What do you use for your back drop for photos?

    • Karen says:

      For these photos I was set up on my kitchen counter with natural light coming in from the left side. I also had a bounce set up just below the counter to get rid of some shadows under the bowls. The backdrop is just a large roll of black paper. You can buy it by the foot at Curry’s Art Supply along with a ton of other things you can use as backdrops, like white paper, corrugated cardboard or canvas. ~ karen!

  4. Grammy says:

    Here’s the deal — at my house Easter is about Spring. I realize there are plenty of folks who celebrate it as a religious holiday, but they aren’t the ones who do the pastel eggs and bunny rabbits, are they? For those who hang out with the Easter Bunny brings eggs and chocolate and Peeps crowd, this is such a lovelier way to decorate. I do have one lovely antique dark brownish-gray clay rabbit (unpainted and unglazed) that my son gave me years ago and it’s been the only decoration I’ve put out at Easter for years, but it seems pathetic to just put it in a pretty natural basket surrounded by moss. Now I can copy you and put said rabbit on the table along with the pretty bulbs in sand and someone will think I’m clever, maybe. Or they’ll think I copied someone smart. Either way, I’m going to hell.

    • Karen says:

      I love the sound of that clay rabbit. Leave it to me in your will would ya Grammy? ~ karen!

      • Grammy says:

        So sorry, Karen — my grandson already called “dibs” on it. I’ll check with him when he’s older (past the Easter Bunny stage) and see if he’d be willing to let it go to you, but don’t hold your breath. Maybe I can think of something else you’d enjoy when I’m departing Earth.

        • Karen says:

          LOL. No that’s O.K. It’s bunny or nothin’ for me. I’ll leave you one of each of my tomato seeds. How ’bout that? 😉 ~ karen!

          • Grammy says:

            I’d love that, actually. By the way, I just finished something I think you’ll like. Expect to hear soon via email.

  5. Cred says:

    Beautiful! I love simple for easter, or rather spring, decor. I love spring bulbs this time of year but especially like how you’ve arranged them.

    Any thoughts on a spring wreath? I like to hang one for each season/holiday as it obscures the view through the door light somewhat. I just so dislike the typical pastelly, cutesy stuff, too.

  6. Liesl says:

    I wonder if you could do the same for an assortment of small vegetables that have roots like radishes, spring onions, exotic mushrooms?

    • Karen says:

      That’d be great! I made a wreath with mushrooms a couple of years ago and I loved it. The only problem is the mushrooms dry out fairly quickly. The spring onions and radishes would wilt. But it *might* stay fresh long enough to last through an Easter dinner if you did it just before the dinner started. It really would look great for it’s limited time on earth, lol. ~ karen!

  7. ~JackieVB says:

    Any chance you’re thinking of offering a photography course as one of your online classes? I am so blown away by the quality of your photography that I am itching to learn it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi JackieVB! Thanks! I’m getting a bit better now that I have a bit more time to dedicate to taking pictures (since dropping to 3 posts a week). I’m not sure I feel quite confident enough in my skills to teach a course on it yet. Maybe a basic one. Really the most important thing is the camera lens and lighting. People try to achieve certain effects but aren’t successful because either the lighting won’t allow them to do what they want or their camera lens isn’t the right type to do what they want. ~ karen!

  8. jainegayer says:

    Beautiful and simple! Love it. Might need to put one little peep in there though.

  9. Kim says:

    Beautiful! I’d have to add eggs as I’m covered in them right now…big ones, small ones, goose ones 🙂

  10. Su says:

    Super clever and cute! I have low McCoy pottery vase/bowl that is yellow with a little bird on the edge that I love but have never known what to do with it….. was thinking of planting with succulents but now, before I do I will fill it with some pretty spring bulbs!
    thanks!

  11. Heather says:

    Bee-u-tiful!

  12. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    Right up my alley! Thanks.

  13. Gail says:

    Ok, I HAVE the cute paper mache multicolored rabbit! Oh and a ceramic white rabbit I made a billion years ago. But I think they should ‘guard’ the pretty dish of bulbs that will soon be joining them! Thanks for the great idea!!

  14. judy says:

    Do these ideas just pop into your magical mind unbidden? This is so alive (like spring) as opposed to the not alive stuff from China and wouldn’t have occurred to me if I had all the components and sat staring at them for a very long ………………….time. Kudos Karen and a joyous Spring to you. You make me Happy! Most make stuff, be industrious blogs, etc. just make me tired.

  15. Chelsea says:

    Please be careful in the flowers you choose though! Crocus is highly toxic to both dogs and cats (as are lilies).

  16. Mary Werner says:

    Spring is in the Air or at least it appears that way from your backdrop. Great idea! Your decorations remind me of when I bought a $3, 12″ round glass containers that was 2″ tall, filled it with grass squares used to put in your lawn’s bare spots, and stuck in three long stemmed daisies that were in florists pics (those plastic containers that look like eye droppers and hold water). Topped it all with a realistic looking butterfly that was attached to the top of a long very thin wire which was coiled at the bottom and stuck under the grass roots too. It wobbled and looked like it was hovering. CHEAP, and classy beautiful. You are an amazing designer cause you can make great things from little things.

  17. Tigersmom says:

    Those are perfectly lovely. I very much like the addition of the aquarium rocks. It makes it look more finished.

    I have an odd weakness for big shallow bowls and an even odder weakness for big shallow bowls with feet on them. Put feet on a big shallow bowl and I will sing for you. Add flowers and I get downright freaky.

  18. Bonnie says:

    So, I understand it is okay to add eggs, but not a pastel bunny with gingham overalls, eh? Gotcha!

  19. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Sweet!

  20. I’m with you. Love that.

  21. Jennie Lee says:

    I see Chelsea beat me to the warning about crocuses being toxic to cats and dogs. Yes, lilies are too, as are narcissi, like daffodils, jonquils, and paper whites. I am pleased to announce, however, that the grape hyacinths are A-Okay! (I used to grow daffodils, and brought cut ones in safely by putting them in wall vases /wall pockets way up where the cat couldn’t get them. I had a wall pocket in every room, because I love flowers, but I’m totally besotted with my cat.)

  22. Happy Spring…It is here! Love your spring decor. I think I might do this too!

  23. Jordan says:

    Lovely project here! I actually do enjoy the sort of minimalist look of keeping it sparse on the bulbs. Makes for a refreshing spring centerpiece. I do have one question! Will the bulbs last very long like this? Do they need to be watered, or is this a temporary sort of decoration?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jordan – The centrepiece lasts for around a week. Which is the same as they would last if they were in a pot. I still watered them every couple of days. You can either save the bulbs then plant them out when you can work the ground outside, or just compost them. ~ karen!

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