It’s been a while since I have been totally excited about something I’ve created.

This Easter centerpiece and tablescape are my very favorite. I cannot express the happiness I feel every time I walk in the room.

 

Daffodils are the sunshine to this stunning but inexpensive Easter Centerpiece

 

It’s the result of a monthly blogging challenge that I do with a group of bloggers to Make Something From Nothing.  It’s all about being creative with the gifts and talents our Creator has given us and using what we have in hand.  Some of us have more on hand than others. Mine usually begin with a trip to my recycling bin.

 

Stunning EASY Inexpensive Easter Centerpiece - Tutorial to Make the Picket Fence Container with Recycled Items - Make Something From Nothing Challenge

 

This particular table setting might never have happened if I had kept on a particular path.

Quite a few years ago I got on a legalistic kick when it came to Easter.  Bunnies, eggs, candy, and Easter baskets were not a part of my Easter celebration.  I had decided that these things took away from the true celebration of Resurrection Sunday.

What changed?

Me.

 

This darling Easter centerpiece was created inexpensively using recycled materials and everyday items

 

One year, as Easter approached, I realized that getting creative with my decorating and using eggs and bunnies and candy and baskets had nothing to do with my heart.

Have I simply rationalized things to make it okay?  I don’t think so.

You see, I could care less about the symbolism of eggs and rabbits and whatever.  To me, they are just plain cute. Yes, I am totally aware that they may relate to some age-old idea of the rising fertility of the earth at the Vernal Equinox.  What I also know is that God created bunnies and chickens and eggs and they are not evil.  The worship of them… that’s another story.

 

Bright and cheerful daffodil inspired Easter Tablescape

 

And though Easter is in many ways about the cross, we don’t celebrate the cross, we celebrate Jesus and the new life He has for us because He crushed death and resurrected to live forever.

Plain and simple… we celebrate Jesus.

 

Created to Create - A Daffodil Inspired Inexpensive Easter Centerpiece

 

I don’t celebrate chicks or eggs or rabbits.

The empty cross is a reminder to me that Jesus vanquished death, but I don’t wear cross jewelry to remember because I have a relationship with Jesus that is real and daily and vital to my life. This covenant relationship we have doesn’t require us to show it through wearing jewelry or clothing or any other symbolism.  Instead, the way I live my life will hopefully speak to the relationship I have with Jesus and the influence He has on my life.

 

Little picket fence gardens nestled in a bed of green moss

 

I had the most fun putting together this inexpensive Easter centerpiece for my table.  More fun than I can remember having in a long time.  It was truly a Make Something From Nothing kind of centerpiece and it came together even better than I imagined it would.

 

Set a colorful table for Easter - make your own inexpensive centerpiece and dollar store dishes

 

Why did I open this post with my Easter perspective?

I’m not exactly sure, but I think it is because I finally have a better grasp of the freedom I have in Christ.

And that freedom helps me to live well.

It encourages my creativity to flow without constraint.

And it helps me to live more fully, thoughtfully, and joyfully.

 

Daffodil inspired Easter centerpiece that is easy and inexpensive to create

 

If I wanted to get all symbolic, I could say that the three picket fence containers represent the Trinity, or Christ and the two thieves that were crucified on the cross. And I could keep going with the symbolism.  I could.  But I’m not.

If symbolism in any form helps you to stand stronger in your faith.  Yay!  I’m not here to bash symbolism.

Instead, if you’ve been like me constrained by some sort of legalistic do’s or don’ts… drop those chains.

Nothing counts more than dying to self to live for Christ.

Living fully and freely in the Lord is what matters most.  Honoring Him, glorifying him, and serving others in Jesus’ Name.  That’s living.

 

Bunny tail on the folded bunny napkin for Easter

 

So back to my pretty Easter table.

It all started with the challenge to create a pretty and inspiring Easter table top using what I have.

One look at my modest stash and I saw those large tuna cans that I used to bake my yummy Valentine’s Day gift breads and wondered… “What I could do with those?”  It was then I remembered that I had created a sweet little container with clothes pins to hold some faux tulips for my laundry room decor in my previous home.

 

Sweet and Inexpensive Easter Centerpiece made from something recycled

 

At first, I thought I could put some pots in them, but the clothespins weren’t tall enough, so I decided to pull the clothespins apart, paint them, and glue them to the outside of the containers.

 

Making clothespin picket fence - tutorial

Tutorial - create a picket fence container from a tuna can

 

I was hoping that I would be able to find some small 3 or 4 inch pots of daffodils to fill the little picket fence containers I created.  Except… the stores all had bigger pots of flowers.  Hmmm…

 

Clothespins become pickets for a fence in this easy and inexpensive Easter Centerpiece

 

In the end, I spent much less on the flowers than I would have if I had been able to find three small flower pots. One of the local grocery stores had a single small pot of daffodils which was too large for my little tuna tins. I removed the mass of bulbs from the pot and decided to cut it apart.

 

Cut apart the plants to divide

 

I couldn’t have been happier.  From that one small pot, I was able to plant daffodils in all three tuna tins.  Yay!!

I had some small plastic eggs.  But they were totally the wrong color scheme for my plates which I had purchased last year at the Dollar Tree.  Acrylic paints to the rescue.

 

Paint cheap plastic eggs to match dish colors -

 

After a little mixing, I was able to nearly duplicate the colors of the plates on those inexpensive eggs.

 

Hand painted plastic eggs now perfectly match the plates on this pretty daffodil inspired Easter tablescape

 

And the unifying element was the moss which I had leftover from last year when I made a mossy St. Patrick’s Day Basket that turned into a pretty mossy Easter basket.

 

Moss is the finishing touch for the little picket fence flower containers made from tuna cans

 

Because I had everything except the clothespins and the flowers, this pretty Easter centerpiece didn’t break the bank at less than $6.  I did splurge on the placemats for the table settings.  They were $3.29 for a set of two at Hobby Lobby and then I saved an extra 40% because they were on their spring sale.  Certainly, this was a budget table setting… even counting the plates from the dollar store.

 

The crowning touch to the Easter table setting is a napkin folded rabbit

 

I forgot to mention the napkin bunnies.  My friend Susan, the queen of tablescapes, put together a great tutorial for making napkin bunnies.  The first one took me a few minutes, but the rest came easily.  And yes, it really does make a difference to iron as you go.  Trust me!  In addition to her little bunny tail idea, I added whiskers to the front by tying on some colored string I had in my stash and I stole some bunny tails from my winter wreath still on the wall as part of my peaceful winter vignette.

It’s pretty clear I’m head over heels for this inexpensive Easter centerpiece I created.  I can’t wait to hear what you think.  

I hope you were inspired to put on your creative hat and work with what you have to create a pretty Easter centerpiece and table setting.

 

Make Something From Nothing Easter Tablescape Challenge

  Please stop by my creative friends who joined me to
Make Something From Nothing this month…

 

Cupcakes & Crinoline

Craftberry Bush

Celebrating Everyday Life

 

Next month our theme will be Creative Bathroom Storage Ideas.

It will be an exciting adventure, thinking outside the box, to organize and decorate our homes with what’s leftover and maybe even considered trash.  Who knows what we’ll create.  Whatever it is… we’re going to have fun sharing how to Make Something From Nothing.  

I hope you’ll plan to join us every month!

 

More Easter Decor Ideas…

Spring Tablescaping | Bird’s Nest Themed Easter Table

Last Minute Ideas for Your Easter Table

Celebrate :: Free Subway Art Easter Printable

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Comments

  1. This is AMAZING Diane – simply amazing!!! Your creativity is truly astonishing and so inspiring. I am pinning!!! What a great job!!
    xoxo,
    Jennifer

  2. This is so cheerful. I hope you had company over! I was drawn to the fence. I like to make little mini gardens. I need new fence. This is a cute way to make a small fence!! I also had never considered painting plastic eggs. How great they look in the tablescape. Wonderful creativity. Love the way it all came together too.

    • Thanks, Gwen! This really is a matter of taking what I have and trying to make something of it.
      I’ve always wanted to make one (or more!!) of those little fairy gardens too.
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with God’s blessing and sunshine! {hugs}

  3. Adorable.
    I have no santas, snowmen, the ilk at Christmas. Not being legalistic. But rather keeping my brain focused. But the why took awhile to get to…like you and your Easter decor.

  4. Simply Charming! Such a sweet Springtime touch…and I will be making the picket fences too! Blessings on your day!

  5. Barb Adams says:

    How beautiful your “Spring” centerpiece is!! You have always been the queen of tablescapes, and this is one of the best! I’m going to try to do more of this in our new home. You’ve always been an inspiration❣

    • Awwww… Barb… you just made my day!! Thank you!!! I have to say I miss our dinners together and seeing you two.
      Enjoy your new home and the process of making it inviting and entertaining more. I’m so excited for you!!!

  6. Cheryl Chastain says:

    I love the table decorations. Your creativity inspires me as well as your words about your “moment of truth” about using eggs, bunnies, etc. Your testimony is loud and clear in all you write and create. As my church kids were painting flower pots last Sunday, I talked to them about our Great Creator and our personal need to create beauty to reflect Him. Keep on reflecting Him!!

    • Thank you so much!!
      Cheryl, you have no idea how timely your words were today. Thank you for taking the time to leave your encouraging thoughts today. They truly touched my heart! xo

  7. Oh, Diane, your tablescape is so pretty and cheery. I didn’t realize you used clothespins for the fence until I saw the tutorial – genius! Everything came together perfectly. xoxo

  8. fantastic table decoration! it is so fresh and you can feel spring looking at it 🙂

  9. I LOVE this! Your Easter Centerpiece is beautiful. Thank you so much for showing us how you made the white picket fence. I had to take a second glance when I realized that it was made from clothespins. So clever. Pinning and sharing all over the place!
    PS I found you via the Monday Funday link-up. I recently started a link-up of my own, I’d love it if you stopped by and shared with us at My Busy Beehives, too!

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