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How to Make a Spring Table Centerpiece

Why spend money on a spring table centerpiece from the florist when you can easily make your own?

Spring table centerpiece in a woven basket with hydrangea, pussy willow, and other flower branches and blooms.

I made this centerpiece with faux flowers and branches but this arrangement could easily be made using the real thing.

I love using real flowers but using faux means that I can enjoy the arrangement for all of spring and then enjoy it again in the future.

How to Make a Spring Table Centerpiece

I made this spring table centerpiece to use on the coffee table in our family room.

Spring flower arrangement in a woven basket on an Ironstone platter

I’m still recovering from my February 10 brain craniotomy, so I challenged myself to make a spring table centerpiece using items that I had on hand.

Speaking of my surgery, thank you to all of you who left wonderful comments on my blog post and on Facebook and for all of you who are praying for my health.

For the container, I used a florist basket that originally held a Peace Lily. These inexpensive baskets are similar as are these.

Spring flower arrangement sitting on an Ironstone platter on a slate 1960s coffee table

For the florals, I used extra supplies from wreaths made in the past and stems from this spring wall decor that I made a few years ago.

Spring flower arrangement with faux hydrangea, pussy willow, queen anne's lace in a woven basket

I hated to tear my spring wall bucket decor apart, but I’m not allowed to drive, so tearing it apart meant that I had plenty of florals to use for this spring centerpiece.

It’s also helpful to have been crafting with faux flowers since the mid-1990s. I have quite a bit of extra faux stems and florals in my crafting supplies.

Faux flower arrangement for spring on a coffee table

Don’t miss seeing tthe rest of the coffee table’s spring decor. Like always, I used interesting vintage items to decorate it.

Making the Spring Table Centerpiece

I first gathered all of the faux branches and flowers that I thought could possibly work for this project along with the basket and a piece of Oasis.

Faux flower stems and greenery on a wood worktop ready to be made into a spring centerpiece

I did not use all of these supplies but liked having all of the possible stems that I could use in my workspace.

Instead of oasis which is used to arrange fresh flowers, I should have used floral foam which is used for faux flower arrangements. I didn’t have floral foam in my craft supplies, so I used oasis that I had on hand.

I keep an old steak knife in my craft cabinet just for cutting floral foam and oasis. I cut a piece to fit inside the basket.

Oasis foam in a woven basket

This oasis piece was used for my Christmas table arrangement and after Christmas was over, I saved it after throwing the greenery into my compost pile.

Next I added three Hydrangea blooms.

Three faux hydrangea blooms in a woven basket

I later cut the stem of the tallest bloom to lower it just a bit.

Three faux hydrangea blooms in a woven basket

I then added Pussy Willow branches around the Hydrangea.

3 hydrangea blooms and pussy willow stems in a woven basket

The Pussy Willow branches were originally used for Easter decor in this post and spring decor in this post.

Fun Fact: Our basement had a gigantic model railroad in it when Mr. SP purchased our home in 1992. It stood where the shelves you see in the background are located. The workbench that I’m working on was made using cabinets that formed the base of the railroad.

I then added apple blossom branches to the arrangement.

3 hydrangea blooms, pussy willow stems, and flowering apple stems in a woven basket

Here is the same picture from a higher angle. It’s kind of hard to see the apple branches with the other branches spread out on the table.

If you are curious, behind the arrangement is Mr. SP’s grandfather’s tackle box and a guitar that Mr. SP is building.

3 hydrangea blooms, pussy willow stems, and flowering apple stems in a woven basket

Next I added in florals. I don’t know the variety names but one resembles Queen Anne’s Lace and the other a Viburnum variety.

3 hydrangea blooms, pussy willow stems, flowering apple stems, and queen anne's lace looking blooms in a woven basket

I then examined the arrangement from all sides and angles and filled in empty spots with more florals and branches.

3 hydrangea blooms, pussy willow stems, flowering apple stems, and queen anne's lace looking blooms in a woven basket

Displaying the Spring Table Centerpiece

I then carried my new arrangement upstairs to our family room and displayed it in the center of my 1968 coffee table using an antique ironstone platter as a tray.

Spring flower arrangement in a woven basket on a coffee table

The ironstone platter and the hand carved bird beside it originally belonged to my paternal grandmother.

I love the end result of this project and especially loved that I was able to make it simply by shopping for supplies in my basement.

Be sure to check out the rest of the coffee table’s spring decor and a few spring vignettes that I’ve created for our family room.


  1. Im so happy to heat your doing better. Love the spring floral arraignment. So very pretty. I will continue to pray for you. I just believe there are better days ahead for you. .

  2. Yay! So happy that you are improving!
    The centerpiece is lovely! I can’t wait to see the rest of your spring vignettes. You are in my prayers each day and I will continue to pray for you. Paula, you are an inspiration to me and everyone who reads this blog. Your courage, your straightforward tackling of any setback, and the joy that comes through every post is contagious. Thank you for sharing yourself, your beautiful home, Mr. Sp, and Sherman with us!
    Love and prayers,

  3. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.
    What an inspiration you are to me……you are thinking of spring and preparing a floral arrangement.
    I love the little bird by the arrangement.
    When I am feeling my procrastination take root in my life, I think of your perseverance, and I am ashamed of myself.
    I hope that you will continue to improve, feel better and be able to be ‘out and about’ once again….very soon!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m also a procrastinator but I come by it honestly because both my mom and grandmother are the same way. Once I get started, I am fine. The problem is getting started. I so much appreciate your support and your prayers.

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! It was wonderful to get creative and make something. Every day I am feeling better and better.


  4. That’s really pretty, Paula. Your saving faux florals from the 90s has saved you a bundle of cash, I’m sure. Faux florals are ridiculously expensive, even with sales!
    Happy to hear you’re recovering well from the craniotomy. I keep you in my prayers.

    1. I am always shocked when I buy faux florals. They really are expensive these days. I so much appreciate your support and prayers as I heal.

  5. Paula, beautiful. You are a warrior. A warrior who also makes beautiful things. A beautiful warrior who makes beautiful things.

  6. Paula love the centerpiece can’t wait for spring to come. Wish you all the best for a quick recovery you are always in my prayers. Have a great week.

  7. Love the centerpiece, but love hearing, even more, that you are feeling so much better! I really like what your sister-in-law said, “a beautiful Warrior who makes beautiful things!” She is spot on! Will keep the prayers coming.

    1. Thank you so much, Shawna! I had a lot of fun making it and I really like that since it is faux, I can enjoy it in future years.

  8. Glad your to hear your feeling better. I love this arrangement with the bright greens. In Canada we can’t plant anything until end of May, so fresh florals like this are much too expensive to buy for Spring. You faux ones looks marvelous even if you did need to tear another arrangement apart for it. I’d say its worth it.

    1. Thank you so much, Leanna! I’m not allowed to drive until the end of March, so I’m being forced to use what I have which is really a good thing.

  9. Very pretty and spring looking. So glad you are feeling better.
    When my chemo and radiation was over, I suddenly didn’t know what to do with myself. You spend months going to the doctor and hospital and suddenly you get nervous because no one is constantly checking you. Sometimes you can’t concentrate during treatment. I went back to making and creating floral arrangements and crafts. Busy hands don’t need a lot of thinking and worrying.
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    1. Thank you, Myrna! I so much agree with “Busy hands don’t need a lot of thinking and worrying.” This blog is SO good for my mental health. It keeps me busy and it gives me purpose.

  10. I’m glad to hear you are feeling much better, Paula. I bet it feels great to be out walking again. Your Spring arrangement is very pretty and one would pay big bucks for a readymade arrangement this lovely. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. xo

  11. So happy you’re feeling well enough to put this gorgeous spring arrangement together. Continued prayers sent your way! The step-by-step instructions are so helpful for those of us who aren’t great at floral arranging. The pussy willow stems are the perfect addition!!

  12. Hello! Thanks for this great article and a detailed DIY on how to make such a beautiful spring table centerpiece. I am glad that you have the strength to create, I hope you will get better. Sweetheart, God Bless you hugs going out, you will be ok, my wife has Multiple Myeloma she’s very positive happy filled with God strength, she had a stem cell transplant it’s been four years, still, on chemo for life our faith in God has brought us through..with strength and much joy, Blessings stay strong…

  13. Hi Paula, I’m so glad you’re having a good recovery, and it’s great that you felt up to doing some flower arranging. I know creating something is always such good therapy (mentally, physically and emotionally). I love your spring arrangement and I so appreciate you coming by to link up at All About Home. I’m sharing this post at AAH Monday evening! Take care and you’re in my prayers!

    1. Thank you, Debra! I am grateful to be feeling good and to be recovering nicely. Thank you so much for featuring me at All About Home!

  14. Paula, I’m glad to hear that you are feeling well enough to get creative, This is the sweetest little centrepiece.
    Thank you for sharing this pretty spring project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your spring table centrepiece at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.

    1. Thank you, Kerryanne! I’m feeling really good and am grateful to be recovering very well. I really appreciate the feature on Create, Bake, Grow & Gather.

  15. So lovely Paula! I love that you reused other florals and such and gave them all new life! And I am sure being creative was so helpful to you while you are healing :). I will be sharing this post in my weekly All Things Vintage series! Thanks for sharing!

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