Looking for a simple spring centerpiece idea? Here’s a simple idea you can create in under 5 minutes with books, flowers and a nest.

Yesterday I was in the middle of telling Whitney (the youngest twin) a story about something I was nervous about, but I went ahead and took a leap of faith and it worked out better than I could have ever even imagined.

She cheered me on and laughed and then replied, “Go off Mom. Go off.”


Excuse me?

I stopped talking and asked her, “What did you say?”

“Go off,” she replied. “You know. It’s like saying you got this.”

So in a vain attempt to update all our vocabulary, I thought I’d share what all the cool kids are saying.

You’re welcome. 🙂

Today on Thistlewood I’m sharing a spring centepiece idea.

Wait until you see what I created using this amazing wooden tray.

Go off, KariAnne. Go off.

// circular wood tray /// bunny pillow //

Here’s the family room all decked out for spring.

This was actually my view with coffee and the sound of Buddy snoring yesterday morning.

I was so inspired by the sunshine and the flowers keeping the bunny pillows company so I snapped a few quick pics so I could show you how I created it.

// circular wood tray //

Simple Spring Centerpiece

It all started when I went to Target for carrots the other day.

I went in for vegetables and left with this.

I wish you could see it in person. It is literally the prettiest tray I have seen in a long time. It has scalloped handles and it looks like it was hand-carved in a workshop in the middle of the French countryside. The center (not including the handles) measures 20″ x 20″.

You could use it for a charcuterie board.

Or a serving platter at parties.

Or the perfect base for a spring centerpiece.

Let’s see how I created this. You can use a 20″ x 20″ tray you already have or you can find this one here.

I started with a stack of books. Books are the PERFECT thing to use when you need a little height in an arrangement. You can adjust the books depending on the height you need. Here? I used two to add a little height to one of the plants.

I have all sorts of books at my house that aren’t cute.

So I cover them.

You can see how I cover books here.

// circular wood tray /// bunny pillow //

// circular wood tray /// bunny pillow //

Here’s what the plants look like stacked next to each other in order.

I got these plants at Trader Joe’s.

They came in these sweet paper bag containers with a plastic liner.

The flowers just look like spring.

Then I added another stack of vintage books tied with a string.

Then added a nest with tiny eggs on top.

That’s it.

Two flowers, a couple of stacks of books and a nest.

// bunny pillow //

I added a few other bits of spring to the room.

These rabbit pillows are the SWEETEST.

The bunny is raised and embroidered on the pillow with a wreath of leaves and the entire pillow is fringed all around.

You can see the bunny pillow here.

// circular wood tray /// bunny pillow //

This book page art is on the side table.

My sister made it for me for Christmas and I love it so much I keep it up year round.

You can see all the details and how she made it here.

// circular wood tray /// bunny pillow //

The flowers are blooming.

There are rabbits hopping on the sofa and nests full of eggs.

And now? The living room is ready for spring.

When I saw it decorated and blooming and happy and sunshiny? I had two words to tell it.

Go off, living room. Go off. 🙂

PS Here are some other sweet spring finds I found when I went shopping.

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  1. Image for Kris Kris

    I can't keep up with the cool kids. I'm doing well to string together a sentence that makes sense. 🤣 Love your vignette. I love simple and accessible decor.

  2. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Thanks for the heads up on current cool talk vocab! I can impress the grands, ha. Love using wooden trays / bowls too. For our upcoming ladies event April 6th we are using wooden dough bowls and still trying to find a cross to stick inside (backup - strips of gold sticker tape to create crosses) for ladies to drop in their prayer requests. Then we invite ladies to take one to pray for another. We are using wooden tree rounds to place pottery on as table centerpieces but saving your idea of wrapping books as might be a different look. Keep all your great ideas coming and love the links to shop.

  3. Image for Lisa H. Lisa H.

    Your spring centerpiece is so pretty! I love the flowers. I cracked up with you about learning what all the cool kids are saying! I was wondering if you could share the details on your gorgeous sofa?

  4. Image for Lorelei Lorelei

    Go off, Karianne, go off! Your Spring vignette was exactly what I needed to see this mid-March morning. Here in the Rockies we are preparing for 2 - 3 ft of snow over the next 3 days and it's nice to imagine that Spring really is on its way! My daughter is a St. Patrick's Day baby and you would think a lovely Spring celebration would be in order. Nope, as she texted me this morning "....born during a snowstorm (yes she was) and another ***** snowstorm for another birthday!" That's just on more update on the cool kids lingo, or maybe that's just unhappy kids lingo - I can never tell.

  5. Image for Marlene Marlene

    You always find the best things to use and this is another wonderful piece. Love all you used in it and thanks for sharing.

  6. Image for Diana Clark Diana Clark

    Love that! I am just current enough that sometimes the kids are surprised. I mentioned a few years ago that I liked Steampunk and my son was sure I didn't know what Steampunk was and quizzed me. LOL Really they don't know about Wild Wild West from the 70s. They have the cutest Steampunk lamps on Amazon. I got some for my grands at Christmas and they were a big hit. I digress..... I remember covering books in school. You are so much fun!

  7. Image for Cindy@CountyRoad407 Cindy@CountyRoad407

    I'd like to see the group of young people that sit around making up these words or new phrases. It must be hilarious! When I heard slay or throwing shade I thought - y'all are just weird. But I bet our grandparents thought the same when we came up with new words for twattle (gossip) or brabble (loud arguing about nonsense). Love your new easy centerpiece. That's the kind I like. I call them the plop-it-down kind.

  8. Image for Celeste Celeste

    I will have to live vicariously through your posts for awhile. I have the perfect tray to build this display, but I have an 18 month old granddaughter who needs to explore EVERYTHING! So in this season of life, my rooms look more like a child care center than a well curated living room. I will pull out Spring decor for the mantle and other out of reach areas, but for now I'll have to enjoy looking at all the beautiful things you bring to your home and dream of future pots of flowers on my coffee table.

  9. Image for Wendy McMonigle Wendy McMonigle

    I had to laugh when I read that! The terminology today is not what it was when we were young! so cute. You got this mom!

  10. Image for Rizae Rizae

    Loving the tray! And how you made your centerpiece is gorgeous. I remember covering books in the 60's-70's with brown paper bags!!! LOL... Now I use scrapbook paper or wrapping paper as I can match my decore or seasons. Big Hugs,

  11. Image for Judy Young Judy Young

    That’s so sweet Karianne! I love it. I’ve done a similar arrangement in my alternate living room. I have a round flat basket that is a little bigger than the gray. On it I have a blue and white vase of white peonies and eucalyptus , a birds nest and 3 little white porcelain bunnies. It’s your inspiration and it looks adorable

  12. Image for Shawna Elliott Shawna Elliott

    I love the tray! 1😍 but I got a question what did you do with your carrots you picked up. I have a set of 6 and don't know what to do with them. I told my daugther when I grabbed them ooouu some carrots to diy or decorate with. But now they are sitting on the floating shelf and just don't seem right yet. So I'm wondering what did you do with yours?


    KariAnne, Your simple centerpiece is just stunning. I love the Trader Joes Plants. I wish I had one close by. I plan to share your idea on Sunday's DRA.

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