Best Spring Centerpiece Ideas from YOUR backyard!

Best Spring Centerpiece Ideas from YOUR backyard!

By Melissa Cummings

Best Spring Centerpiece Ideas from YOUR backyard!

Looking for a quick and easy way to spruce up your spring table decor? Are the store bought flower arrangement options too expensive or not looking so inspiring? Do you struggle to arrange the tulips and roses in an Easter spring centerpiece or spring vase that looks store bought?

Look no further than your own backyard! Using branches from flowering trees as decoration is an inexpensive and easy way to add some DIY spring flair to your home and save money.


Benefits of using Flowering Shrubs or Trees:

  1. Inexpensive: all you need is a pair of clippers and a tree. If you don't have flowering shrubs or trees on you property, see if your can ask a neighbor or a local landscaper who might be able to clip some floral stems for you.
  2. Minimalist: You can use very few branches to create a beautiful dramatic effect that will stand out in your table spring centerpieces.
  3. Robust: Most flowering branches in season will last for days if not up to a week with fresh flower blooms. Keep them in fresh water and a well filled vase or jar to prolong their impact on your spring table.
  4. Unique: These looks will not be your overdone traditional Easter decor or standard tulip centerpieces. While those can be lovely, these stemmed spring centerpieces will wow your guests and bring an inspired spring vibe to your table setting.

No matter how you choose to decorate, this is a great project that can be completed in less than 10 minutes! So get outside and start collecting branches for your amazing spring centerpiece.

Let's dive into some examples of flowering branches and how to style them

Love this look? Check out similar gold terrariums or the bamboo tealight candle holders here

Redbud branches have beautiful deep pink colored flowers. The flowers are small and clustered blooms, yielding a very Japanese vibe. Instead of fighting against the bare branches, embrace their incredible structural beauty for your spring centerpieces. Pair with other structural vases as spring table decorations, such as these gold geometric terrariums. Fill them with rocks or moss in the bottom, or leave the container empty for a more minimalist vibe.

Pro Tip: To use stems or flowers in a container which can't hold standing water, but where you want to prolong their life, use wet floral craft foam in the bottom and fill the container with small pebbles, rock or moss.

Garden condition: Redbud trees grow in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. Redbud trees need full sun and well-drained soils.


Love this look? Check out similar scandanavian vases ones here

Forsythia branches have bright yellow flowers and bloom early in the spring, so they are the perfect focal point for bringing some life to your table while other plants are still budding. Try using a simple white vase to showcase the natural beauty of the branches. These Scandanavian style vases are a lovely floral centerpiece. Modern and fresh, they are a great alternative for the traditional easter decor which uses the sometimes overdone eggs, candy, and bunny decor for most spring centerpieces.

As a fun note: We used this look to create a beautiful neutral arrangement for an friend's baby shower. The guests and mama-to-be LOVED the unique and unexpected decor.  

Garden Condition: If you live in zones 4-8 and have a yard, this is a great plant to consider for your garden. It is robust, one of first plants of the season with spring flowers, and blooms for a long time. Once the plant is filled in with fresh green leaves, it will act as a solid hedge and give you and your guests some sweet privacy. For some areas it will also bloom close to Easter, giving you a spring table filled with bright flowers year and year.


Love this look? Check out similar modern white ceramic vases, gray dinner plates, and matte black silverware here 

Flowering dogwood branches have lovely pink and white blooms that can really brighten up a dining room. Consider using them in a tall glass vase with some baby's breath or other complementary flowers. This plant is a great alternative to spring flowers, such as tulips or roses, and which may be hard to find to find around Easter anyways. This will give you a great spring tablescape for your Easter spring table and you can save the decorative eggs for a tiny guest to fill his/her basket.

Pro Tip: Even if your spring stems are losing (or all!) some of their flowers-- don't despair-- your dining table can still have a centerpiece. You'll see in our spring centerpieces that the dogwoods were past their peak of pink and white flowers. We embraced green leaves and chose a minimal vase style to play up this floral centerpiece. We love the result and are confident you will be able to find beauty in the unexpected as well!

Garden Condition: Flowering dogwood trees are gorgeous trees that grow in zones 5-9, and they love the sun. The grow to be medium to large trees, so make sure you have the space before planting in your garden.


Love this look? Check out similar white glass vases  here (or for the exact look, go to ebay and get a vintage mixed set like we did!) 

Flowering quince branches have small, delicate pink red flowers that can add a touch of romance to your spring table. They look great when paired with ivory or cream-colored holders. Here we filled vintage milk glass floral bud vases with these garden stems for the spring centerpiece. Their wooden branches with red floral paper thin petals add a sweet and fun inspired style to the mix. If you have a collection of bud vases, consider creating a long spring centerpiece on a table runner as the focal point. Even if you don't have vintage milk glass, using white painted ceramic jars or a white wooden centerpiece are great alternative ideas that make easy DIY display table decorations.

Garden Condition: Flowering quince is a gorgeous shrub that only grows about 3-4 feet high and is hardy in zones 5-9. It can be pruned to become quite dense, also lending itself to a great border or hedge shrub. It does best in full sun, but can tolerate some shade as well.


Love the look? Here are some tiny white vases that we are loving.

Baby's breath is a common filler for spring flower arrangements, but we are going to showcase how it can stand on its own today as a great white flower centerpiece for any party. Gone are the days where baby's breath has an old sad feel overshadowed by other flowers OR the overused burlap-mason-jar centerpiece. It has a very vintage vibe, but in the right centerpiece container can feel very modern. It has small white flowers that are delicate and pretty, and which give way to fresh green stems when the flowers fade.

Here we use the stems in monochromatic ceramic bud vases to display their elegant garden style and give this classic white flower an update. We love the cool neutrals and these soft feminine place settings that allow the texture of the white baby's breath to be on display.

Pro Tip: Consider using white baby's breath with other branches in your DIY centerpieces to really bring out the spring time feel, or cluster in a vase as we did here to highlight their soft feminine feel. As another alternative, use this white flower to create a small flower table setting by tying with gold or white string and using as napkins holders.



Love this look? Check out similar vases a neutral colored painted vase set here

Flowering pear tree branches have lovely pink and white flowers which can be used as a spring centerpiece on your spring table. They are a great addition to arrangements with other complementary branches, like the forsythia branches we showcased earlier. Consider using a tall ceramic cylinder vase as your holder to really show off their elegant shape and delicate blooms. Here we went for the inspired monochromatic theme and wanted to mix the soft blooms with more structured gray modern ceramic jars to complement the gray quartz and vintage wooden barnyard columns. We love this spring centerpiece and the way the pink flowers and green leaves add a bright pop to mix of a neutral backdrop.

Pro tip: For other display ideas, It would also work well in settings such as a mantle, book shelf, or coffee table. For a cohesive look, take the main florals from the table, and use a flower or two to add to other parts of your home-- tying that space back into your main flower centerpiece.

Garden Condition: Most pear trees grow in zones 4-8. They actually need some cold during the winter season in order to flower, and hence produce fruit. As with all fruit trees, they love the bright sun!


Unique You, Unique Spring Table

We hope these ideas inspired you to create your own fun spring centerpiece for your table and guests in less than 10 minutes! Add your own flare to your dining table using in season flowers, or branches. There are many different ways you can use these stemmed flowers as part of your DIY spring centerpieces. Minimalist holders, monochromatic colors or structural vases can all be used to accent the colors of the branches. If you don't have some of these in your garden (yet), we hope the information about where they will grow was helpful so you can add them to your garden and get fresh cut (free!) spring centerpieces year after year.


With just a few easy steps you can make your dining room feel fresh and updated for the season. So get outside, collect some branches and enjoy having a stunning centerpiece in no time at all!

And once you're done-- check back in or tag us on our socials. We'd love to see your table settings and DIY arrangement ideas and be inspired by YOUR creative table decorations and spring centerpieces !