Want to decorate for spring, but you don’t want to break the bank? Here’s how to shop your house and decorate for spring using what you already have. 

Raise your hand if you are a millionaire.

I’m really sorry, friend.

This is not the post for you.

Because today? Today is all about how to decorate for spring and how to save money AT THE SAME TIME.

Two of my very favorite things.

Save your money for something much more exciting. Like the new Emma movie coming out next week. Or a pedicure with purple nail polish. Or a really good lunch with a friend.

Today is all about shopping your house and your yard and your cupboards and using what you have to decorate for spring.

Who’s ready?

Oh, good.

Me, too.

Here’s how to decorate for spring using what you already have.

1. use book pages to decorate for spring

You probably have paperback books sitting around that were headed for the donate pile or the trash pile.

Don’t toss them yet.

Use them to decorate.

Here’s how I made this book page bird wreath for spring.

You could also create a book page garland.

Or even fold a book and create art.

2. Frame it

Shop your house and find all the frames to decorate for spring.

Then shop your house and find something ordinary and frame it.

You can see how I framed this paintbrush here. 

Just between us.

Everything looks so much CUTER in a frame.

3. Coffee Filters

Shop your kitchen cupboards for coffee filters.

You know.

The ones that you use to make coffee every morning. Did you know they have an entirely different purpose?

Use them to create flowers like this one.

And in a total aside that literally has nothing to do with decorating?

Here’s are nine things you can do with those leftover coffee grounds, too.

4. Vintage Windows

Shop your storage shed for a vintage window or even a mirror or an empty frame.

And then?

Here are four creative ways to decorate it.

You can see all the creative ways here.

how decorate for spring spring mantel

5. Shop your yard

Have several mason jars sitting in your kitchen cupboards?

Why not repurpose them to make a mantel display.

Simple cut leaves from the yard, then line up the mason jars and fill them with water and leaves.

See this easy spring mantel here.

how decorate for spring topiary

6. DIY topiary

To make this topiary all you’ll need is a pot of ivy and a wire coat hanger.

I know the coat hanger might be hard to find.  We mostly have plastic here.

Check with your local dry cleaners.

And then?

Follow these simple DIY instructions.

how decorate for spring bow

7. simple burlap bow

This DIY takes minutes.


And it makes one of the prettiest, simplest, BIGGEST bows for your spring decor.

The key is in the ribbon.  Shop your craft closet for the ribbon.  One roll will make two of these bows.

See the DIY instructions here.

how decorate for spring pillows

8. DIY pom pom pillow

If you are wondering how to decorate for spring without spending a dime to make this. Just shop your house and remake over an old pillow.

This simple pom pom pillow is made with fabric glue and tassels.

Here’s the simple DIY.

You can also make a pom pom pillow from leftover drop cloth, too.

9. DIY fabric flower

I’ve seen these in stores before for $15 or more.

But why pay that much?

Especially when you can just make your own using leftover fabric in your fabric closet.

See the simple DIY here.

how decorate for spring moss runner

10. spring table runner

I almost didn’t include this because you probably have to purchase the ribbon. But you can find this ribbon super inexpensively during spring—many times the dollar store has it. This is such a simple spring project and perfect for bridal showers or a spring table.

Do you know what this runner is?

It’s moss.

You know.

The kind that comes in a roll.

The kind that you pick up in the craft store and have no idea what to do with it.

Why not make a runner?

Here’s the simple DIY.

how decorate for spring urn

Now go forth and shop your house. I hope you found a little budget spring inspiration on how to decorate for spring with what you already have from today’s post.

I hope it warmed your heart.

I hope your spring decor is as amazing as you are.

And just remember.

Even though it’s cold today?

Warmth and sunshine and YARD SALES are just around the corner. 🙂

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  1. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Love the jars of greenery! I regularly shop my basement, but last week I remember to shop my garage, too, where I found three little matching pots to perk up my desk with African violets. (The violets were only $3 each at my local grocery store.) Will go a long ways towards getting me to spring! /Users/karenmiles/Desktop/IMG_3324.JPG

  2. Image for Sevahn Sevahn

    I think we can all say we are millionaires when we get to have colorful manicures, lunch with friends, quality movies to see, and blog posts like yours! xo

  3. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    You always have the cutest ideas, thanks, now my head is spinning and thinking of what i have so i can be creative,i pinned it .

  4. Image for sandy wood sandy wood

    It is so dull outside today. Now I feel good, ready to get up and do something fun. Thank you for inspiring me to start Spring. It is just around the corner for sure. Sandy

  5. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    Karianne, Definitely looking forward to spring. Just had the guest bathroom painted a great fresh white and it looks so good with our green and white tile.Also just bought a new toilet. Not too exciting but necessary!. Now to the fun part of decorating the room. Definitely will shop my home. Already found some pretty white cafe curtains I had bought and put in the linen closet. Now to check for decor items like a pretty vase for flowers and a plant to hang in the window..

  6. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Pom Pom pillows and coffee filter flowers; perfect for the next rainy day...and here in Pittsburgh I won’t have to wait long for that day !!! :) Always so happy you share your sweet ideas!!!

  7. Image for Jeanine Jeanine

    I heard some sweet little birds singing their hearts out today. Spring is coming! These are great no to low cost ideas, because tax season is also coming! HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEK! I hope the entire week is a celebration, friend!


    KariAnne, your always have such great ideas and DIY's! Always love your posts! They are always a ray of sunshine! Thanks for being so special! Have a wonderful week!

  9. Image for Teresa Teresa

    KariAnne, I am so looking forward to Spring and warmer temps! I always bring out some green and yellow the beginning of March. For some reason, they signal Spring for me. The beginning of March I hang my shamrock door hanger and garden flag out and switch up to Spring decor after St. Patrick's. I do shop my home and have my seasonal decor in storage tubs. When I have things I haven't used in several seasons I will take them to consignment and that allows me to buy something new to re-freshen things. I just bought the cutest little galvanized tub with duck feet base at HomeGoods. I will fill it with some pastel eggs for Spring on my front porch table. The lady who checked me out commented how cute it was and I told her there was only one left so if she liked it she better get it or it wouldn't be there for long.

  10. Image for Connie Connie

    Beautiful ideas for Spring! Does your talented sister still have a Esty shop? If so, I would like to see it. Thanks you for all the neat things you post.

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