Make Easter brunch amazing with this easy and inexpensive Easter centerpiece idea. Simple and colorful, you’ll feel like you’re celebrating Easter in a garden.


Daffodils are the sunshine to this stunning but inexpensive Easter Centerpiece


It’s been a while since I’ve been totally excited about something I’ve created and this Easter centerpiece and tablescape are my very favorite. I cannot express the happiness I feel every time I walk in the room.

A few of my wonderful friends got together with me for a blogging challenge where our goal is 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 begins 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?



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 clothespins 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 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.


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

    • Jennifer, I just want to give you a great big hug. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement.

  2. Gwen says

    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. Gail says

    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.

    • Thanks, for your kind words Gail! Sometimes it takes a bit for us to figure these things out. 😉
      Hope your week is off to an extraordinary start!

  4. Judy says

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

    • Awwww… thank you so much, Judy!! Funny how the littlest of things bring so much joy. XO

  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

    • Awww… thanks so much Mary Beth!! It was such a fun and happy project. [hugs]

      • This is so lovely and using real flowers really adds to the new life meaning of spring & Easter. I’d love to feature this, but can’t find if you have a link party page. If you do let me know and I’d be happy to share this next week:) Thanks for linking up to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do!

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

    • Thank you so much, Lalka! Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful and creative beginning to spring.

  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!

    • Thank you so much Julie!!! It really was so fun to create that centerpiece. And your sweet thoughts just blessed me.
      All the best for an extraordinary day!!

  10. Lisa says

    I absolutely adore your clothespin picket fence containers with the daffodils–so clever!

  11. This is just darling. I love the picket fence effect.

  12. Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers and this table is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial also, I think it’s one I can handle.

    • Sandra… it really is a very do-able project regardless of craftiness. Thanks for popping by and for your kind words.
      All the best for an extraordinary close to your week!

  13. Your table is just adorable and very welcoming to family and friends. Love picket fences and your use of clothes pins is just brilliant! And I was touched by your comments about not being “legalistic”–Something to keep in mind while I am preparing for Easter.

    • Thank you for your kind and thoughtful remarks, Susan. 🙂 I am so smitten with how cheerful my table is, as there hasn’t been any greening here in my neighborhood. Maybe we’ll have forsythia for Easter. 😉
      Have a blessed and joyous Easter celebration.

  14. Ah! This project is gorgeous. And such a nice detailed tutorial! Thank’s for sharing that with us !

  15. This is adorable. Love the clothespin fences and the cute bunny napkins.

    • Awww… thank Liz!! We all need a bit of whimsy in our day and this truly makes me smile.

  16. Jen says

    Your tablescape and centerpiece are gorgeous! I went through a very similar phase where I questioned whether certain pagan symbolisms were really appropriate. I knew it my heart I wasn’t celebrating a fertility goddess but it was more so about the spring season.

    • You are so sweet! Thank you, Jen! I really do think we need to do a heart check sometimes to see how we’re living out what’s important and yet being careful to not get caught up in rule-making… the very thing we were delivered from. 😉
      Have a blessed Easter!

  17. Jann Olson says

    Diane, this is such a darling centerpiece that you created! Love the little picket fences made from clothespins. Seeing this just makes me happy! I agree that bunnies, chicks, and eggs do not take away from the importance of Easter. I also believe that our Savior wants us to be happy and if this makes us happy that’s great!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Thanks so much Jann!! You know… I think you’re right. He really is loving and gracious in every way. xo

  18. This is absolutely adorable. Its different, pretty, easy and inexpensive. Fantastic idea.

  19. Amy says

    Diane, I just love this table setting! I was wondering if you would share where you got the placemats?

    • Hi Amy! I thought I shared that in my post, sorry if I didn’t after all. 🙁 I purchased those placemats at Hobby Lobby, but I did not see them there this year. Bummer. They are sooo stinkin’ cute. Thanks for popping by and for your kind words!
      All the best for an extraordinary weekend!

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