Upcycled Faux Wheatgrass Easter Centerpiece

If you're looking for easter table decor ideas that won't break the bank, then you've come to the right place. Today I'm sharing a fun upcycled faux wheatgrass easter centerpiece idea. But I'm also sharing how I decorated it with repurposed chair spindle carrots and DIY speckled Easter eggs. That's three Easter crafts in one!



Everything you need to make this spring and/or easter table centerpiece can be found at the dollar store and your local thrift store. I've broken the post into three categories in order to share step-by-step instructions for how to make each of these ideas.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

DIY Faux Wheatgrass Spring Centerpiece

I've had this bronze metal planter with artificial wheatgrass for several years. I bought it for our basement fireplace mantel because the height doesn't block the remote sensor on the television above.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

I've been telling myself that it's time to get rid of the darn thing until a few weeks ago when I was inspired by Sadie Seasongoods hobnail milk glass easter vases.



The faux wheatgrass was the inspiration I needed to upcycle my long-neglected planter. It never dawned on me until seeing Sarah's that it could be repurposed into easter table decor for our dining room.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

I love how Sarah nestled colorful Easter eggs in her wheatgrass and then I remembered I had a carton of dollar store eggs that I bought last year and never used.



The faux eggs were already pastel colors so all I needed to do was add speckles to those pretty eggs.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

Then I got to thinking since I'm using an indoor planter, why not plant some wooden carrots in the wheatgrass so it could be used as a spring table centerpiece too.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

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Let's begin with the bronze planter makeover.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

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Bronze Metal Planter Box Makeover

Just a little white paint is all it took to give the bronze centerpiece box a fresh new look for Spring. I brushed it with two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in the color raw silk.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

Once the paint was dry I distressed along the edges and over the round divots with 220-grit sandpaper. To protect the finish I used clear wax buffed to a matte finish.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

While the wax was curing I set out to clean the dusty faux wheatgrass. All I did was place the mats in the kitchen sink and washed them with the spray nozzle. Spritzing them with a water bottle will also work.



Set the wheatgrass on a towel to dry and move on to filling the centerpiece box with pea gravel from the dollar store about 2/3 full. Once the wheatgrass is dry set the sheets on top of the pea gravel.



How To Make Chair Spindle Carrots

Now we're ready to make the wooden carrots, They are so easy to make with wooden spindles and dollar store faux greens.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

I was happy to finally put more of my antique chair spindle stash to good use. My son gave me a dilapidated antique chair to use as parts for future projects. That old chair is the chair that keeps on giving.



I used the chair back to make this DIY Bird Feeder and the long spindles from the back to make these DIY Wooden Caddies. I used the smallest spindles on these Retro Fabric Pumpkins and this Chair Spindle Snowflake for the holidays.



Back to the chair spindle carrots. First, the broken ends on the spindles needed trimming with the miter.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

Dry Brush Layers Of Paint

Next, we're going to paint the spindles so they look like real carrots with dry brushed layers of paint. 



Dip just the tips of your paintbrush into the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel. With light pressure on the brush, simply glide the brush over the spindles in long random brush strokes. You want to still see the dark stain underneath.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

You'll want dark and light orange paint and mustard yellow paint. You don't have to use chalk-style paint like I did, acrylic craft paint is fine too.



Start with the darkest orange - mine is a custom color from a previous project. Once dry to the touch (mere minutes) dry brush a layer of yellow. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I had on hand in the color Arles.



Use the light orange color for the last layer of paint. This next step is optional but apply dark wax over the paint with a lint-free rag.



Once the paint is dry, poke a hole with an Awl in the top of each spindle. With a small drill bit, drill a small hole for the faux carrot tops.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

Clip the faux greens with wire cutters, put a dab of E6000 glue on the ends of the stem, and slip them into the drilled holes like pictured below.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

Now you're ready to plant some carrots! Push the carrots through the grid of the artificial wheatgrass and then through the pea gravel to hold in place.



How To Make DIY Speckled Easter Eggs

You can make these speckled eggs in less than five minutes with pastel chalkboard eggs from the dollar store - no painting required! You'll also need dark grey or black acrylic craft paint and an old toothbrush.



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

Squirt a little paint onto a paper plate and dilute with a drop or two of water. Dip the brush into the paint and flick the bristles to sprinkle the eggs with random flecks of paint. That's it, can't get much easier than that!



An upcycled Easter centerpiece box with faux wheatgrass, chair spindle carrots, and DIY speckled eggs for a fun budget Easter table decoration idea.

Funny story about my speckled eggs. Well, it wasn't so funny at the time.


I set myself up on a work table at the far end of the workshop. Apparently, I was having too much fun with the paint splattering because on the opposite side of the room, I had just finished the last coat of paint on a Pink Ombre Waterfall Dresser makeover.


You probably guessed where I'm going with this. Not only did I have speckled eggs but a speckled face, speckled floor, and speckled pink dresser too!


Panic set in because an ombre paint finish isn't a simple paint finish. Thankfully the grey specks hadn't dried yet and I was able to easily wipe them off with a damp cloth without damaging the fresh pink paint.



For more DIY Spring inspiration visit my Spring And Easter Decor Ideas page or my Spring|Easter Decor Board on Pinterest.



In case you can't find all the supplies to make these DIY Easter decorations, I've included a supply list below.


Supply List



Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by these spring and Easter decorating ideas. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



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  1. How sweet, I love your little carrots! I have some spindles and was looking at them the other day, thinking of making them into carrots too... thing is they are very long and I can't bear to cut them down the amount I would need to... I'll have to look at them again though... yours are SO cute!!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania! I have some longer spindles too and couldn't bring myself to cut them down. But if they will work by cutting them in half, at least you can get 4 carrots from just two spindles.

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  2. Marie the centerpiece is definitely better in white. Those spindles are doing great disguised as carrots and I never would have thought to do that. I also like the idea of the speckled eggs, I think I may have a few plastic ones around that I can also update. Happy Easter dear friend. It seems as if time is just flying by.

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    1. Thank you Mary, I think the centerpiece box looks so much prettier in white too! I can't believe it took me ten years to think of using it for Easter. Don't do what I did when speckling your eggs! LOL Yes my sweet friend, time is just flying by.

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  3. this project puts a smile on my face Marie! Its ahhh-dorable and such a clever idea! XO

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    1. Thank you Denise 😊 I'm happy to finally put the metal planter box to a better use! My grandson is going to love it when he sees it on the dining table.

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  4. Hi Marie! Your Easter centerpiece is just adorable!! Thanks for such a fun project. I've been looking for a planter similar to yours for some time. I guess I need to get to some auctions. I live in farm country so there are always very cool metal or wood containers auctioned off, although sometimes the dealers in the area run the price higher than I'd like! lol

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like this idea for Easter. I hope you find just the right container at a decent price to make one. How fun though to attend farm country auctions. I bet they have some amazing stuff!

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  5. I am absolutely loving those chair spindle carrots-so stinkin' cute! And I've got a pot of grass like that too...I might be doing this whole thing!

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    1. I'm so glad you like my spindle carrots Lora! I know you have the spindles but yippee that you have the grass too! Have fun making yours 😊

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  6. What a fun centrepiece. I love the way you made those carrots and the speckles eggs, although I would have had a heart attack if I saw the speckles on the ombre dresser. Thank goodness you could wipe them off in time.

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  7. Thank you Michelle! I can't wait for my grandson to see the carrots because he'll get a huge kick out of them. Yeah, a few colorful words may have been strewn during the speckled dresser debacle.

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  8. So cute. Those spindles make perfect carrots. So clever.

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    1. Thank you, I was happy to finally put the metal planter to a good use!

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  9. Hi Marie!

    What a difference paint can make, is right! This is so cute! I love the touch of whimsy that the chair spindles give the carrots. And I just happen to have chair spindles upstairs from an old chair we had that fell apart. ;)

    >>> Kim

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    1. Thank you so much Kim 😊 I'm enjoying having a whimsy on our table this year for Easter. Now you know what to do with those chair spindles. LOL

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  10. Seriously Marie, who other than you looks at a spindle and thinks I will make into an adorable carrot for a Easter centerpiece. Your amazingly creative lol. Right now I am working on an old box in the same shape I am trying to turn into something to hold garden tools. I should have tried something like this. Wish me luck

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  11. The inspiration for my whimsy centerpiece came from the faux grass that I never knew what to do with for almost a decade and everything fell into place from there. I smile every time I see it on the dining room table. Good luck and have fun with your wooden garden tool box!

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  12. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  13. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

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  14. So dang cute, Marie! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering! Your chime is super cute, too! ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie, I'm glad you like them. Happy Easter!

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  15. OMGsh! That's THREE DIY's in one post! And they are all BRILLIANT IDEAS! Thanks for the inspiration! LOVE the Spindle Carrots!

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    1. Thank you Beth, I'm so glad you like them! The spindle carrots were so much fun to make and super easy too. I'm thrilled you found some inspiration in this post πŸ˜€

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  16. Love love love the idea of using the spindle as a carrot! I have got to try that! You are so creative and I'm glad you share your ideas with us! God bless!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, you made my evening! Glad you like this idea and if you decide to make some, have fun πŸ˜€

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  17. Love the spindle carrots. You are so creative my friend. Looking so cute for Easter. Happy Weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Kris, I'm glad you like them! Happy weekend to you as well. xo

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  18. Marie,
    I love your centerpiece. Those carrots are adorable. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Linky Party.
    https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2020/02/over-moon-linky-party_23.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Hi Bev, thanks so much for the feature! xo I'm glad you like my budget-friendly Easter centerpiece idea πŸ˜€

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  19. Sorry I am late! I have been running behind this making memories! Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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    1. My turn to be running late replying to your comment, Marilyn. Thanks a bunch for the pin and share, always appreciated!

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  20. Well, I like the after way much better! In fact I love everything given a splash of white, so there you go :) I fell in love with this - such a great idea for Easter, especially the "carrots"!

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Maya! Glad you like the planter box upcycle and the spindle carrots πŸ˜„

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  21. This is just adorable, Marie! I made speckled eggs recently, too, and it was hard to control the speckle! Ha! I love all the DIY pieces of this project. Wonderful, as always.

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    1. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only messy speckler, Crissy! LOL Glad you like my budget-friendly Easter centerpiece idea. πŸ˜€

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