flower decorating for spring

Oh the weather outside is frightful.

But the fire is so delightful.

And since we’ve no place to go.

Let it……Nooooooooooooo,  Arrrrrgh.  Ugggggggghhhhhhhhhhh. Maaaaaaaaaaake it stoooooooooop.


So sorry……wrong song.

I meant to sing….”Here comes the sun.” 🙂

spring decorating with flowers

Today I’m acting like there’s not a foot of snow that just fell outside my window and to cheer myself up on a snowy day….

….and I’m decorating with flowers.

I bought armloads of them from WalMart in the $4.97 flower section.

(Total aside: if you are buying tulips? Here are a few ideas to keep them fresh longer.)

Best splurge ever.

You can pick some up when you buy your broccoli.

And the requisite kitchen sink.

And when you get them home, here are some creative ideas on how to display them.

milk glass with flowers

1.  Milk glass

We’ve already discussed the best decorating tip I thought I invented.

And here it is for spring.

Nothing is prettier for spring than tulips in a milk glass vase.

flowers decorating a mantel

Except for maybe three pitchers.

You can find these at yard sales and thrift stores and maybe even the clearance aisle when you pick up those flowers.

how to decorate with flowers

2.  Think outside the box


This tiny greenhouse was sitting on my kitchen counter and I opened up the top and inserted a glass vase with flowers inside.

Quick $4.97 flower tip:

All I did was take them out of the package and insert them in a vase.  Then, because this is a one-sided arrangement, I cut the two stems in the front down a little to give the arrangement some depth.

flower decor

3.  Tisket tasket decorate with a basket

Simple flower formula.

Three wire baskets.

Three mason jars and cut flowers to fit.

I love the texture of the baskets against the color of the flowers.

flower decorating for spring

4.  Layer it in

Here I created a layered flower arrangement with a galvanized stand and mason jars.

This is one of the pieces I bought from JoAnna’s shop.

It was the only one I saw at the big sale.


The bottom layer has five mason jars.

The top layer has three.

Each filled with fresh flowers for spring.


5.  DIY stick vase

And if you need an interesting container that looks like you spent hours making in….

….this DIY stick vase is for you.

Take a glass vase and hot glue sticks from the yard to it.

Remember that yard before it was covered with white fluffy flakes?

You may have to wait until the snow melts to make this one.

I’m just sayin’. 🙂

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  1. Image for Tara @ Lehman lane Tara @ Lehman lane

    Kari Anne, I love the simplicity of using the balls jars to hold the fresh flowers and then putting them in ordinary objects around your home! Your rooms look so cheery and ready for Spring:). If I wasn't snowed in with my kids today I would be tempted to run out for some more fresh flowers....although Walmart's always open right?;) - Tara

  2. Image for Amy W. Amy W.

    Oh!! A Pure Inspiration You Are! There's snow all over around in Holland, MI today.... cold and chilly too! You're DIY post today is just the thing to bring some much needed looks of Spring to the inside of my home! You're the best! Thanks! Wishing you a Thrilling Thursday!

    1. Image for Kris Kris

      Amy, you'll know what I mean when I say that I see lake-effect snow out my window in Muskegon, MI right now ... Personally, I'm wanting to sing "Summertime ... and the livin' is eeeeeasy ... ". I am flower-arranging impaired, so I thank you for your suggestions, KariAnne.

  3. Image for Bernita Bernita

    I've always been a fan of artificial flowers and love putting them in everyday objects! I see I need more mason jars. Thanks for the uplift...We had 4 inches of snow Tuesday!

  4. Image for Cindy Hancock Cindy Hancock

    It is all so pretty! I love your dining room curtains! Do you mind sourcing them? Hopefully the snow will melt soon and Spring will come! blessings, cindy

  5. Image for Sheila Sheila

    I don't ask for much - just sunshine through clean windows on a snowy day, fresh coffee in a favorite mug and tulips. I must have tulips.

  6. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Oh Spring please hurry! We've got mud...snow would be better (we don't get snow except once in a blue moon). But I'm tired of old man winter too. I might have to go raid WalMart's flowers myself! Thanks for the pretty and hopeful pictures!

  7. Image for Julie G. Julie G.

    Whoa. Wait. Stop! What is that fabulous map/metal thing behind the baskets of flowers?! You have to tell us all about that treasure and where I can find one of my own!

  8. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    I love all you ideas, KariAnne! You create such beautiful and unusual (as in stunningly unusual) arrangements that turn into can't-take-your-eyes-off-them vignettes. Brilliant way to use the galvanized tiered tray. I have that exact piece and now I know what it will be filled with when our gardens start to bloom... If they ever do. Snowing like mad here today! LOVE you and partying with you too! I sure hope to see you at Haven this year!

  9. Image for Lorraine Lorraine

    So pretty So Needed with all this snow .....would you mind telling me about that subway map ? 4th pic from bottoms up ? thank you and Keep smiling :-) Lorraine

  10. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    How about "I'm Walking in Sunshine" or is it on -- who care just so you get lots of sunshine. And how about the song "Sunny". Then we could continue with "It's too darn Hot" and segue into Summertime -- at least we could pretend. Your flowers are gorgeous and your singing is beyond compare. You must have been practicing. :-) Have a wonderful day! Abbracci Forti!

  11. Image for Gwen Gwen

    Those are awesome ideas to spread spring around the house. The alstroemerias will last long too. But it had me go back to your Magnolia post. Do you know what an INFLUENCE you are?!!! I immediately shopped. I had Bunco and a birthday coming up and then I needed a new lamp and another and as I'd check on an order I ordered just another item in case it would be a better $12-$14 prize ( every prize? From them!! And I don't mind waiting now that you've made their store most famous!!! Your use of their tiered item with jars and flowers...sooo creative! I am always ordering little stuff or under $35. I ordered a dustpan!!!! I have NO CLUE what I'll do with it once it comes!!!! My house is little and in your photo of store whew they looked mighty huge!!! Just wanted you to know that I was already a watcher of the show but it was YOU that introduced me to the shop

  12. Image for Christine Christine

    KarIanne, Even in this 17 degree weather here I still feel Spring is in the air! Your arrangements are so pretty! oh and don't forget to spring ahead this weekend. " ) CHRISTINE

  13. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Yep, it's snowing again (grrrrr) here in MA, so I loved your touch of spring post. I sent it to my sister and a couple of friends who are also snowed in. I told them it was from my favorite blogger. Thanks again for your wit and inspiration! Nancy

  14. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Hi Karianne, how are you? I love all your beautiful flowers your sharing and figured I'd invite you again. I also cohost the Something to Talk About Link Party with 6 other bloggers and it goes live tomorrow morning Monday at 6am est and would LOVE for you to come and link this up (or when you've had coffee and are awake....lol). Thank you and have a great week, Lisa at Concord Cottage www.Concordcottage.com

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