DIY French Country Place Holders with Rae Dunn Inspired Easter Eggs

When hosting Easter dinner or brunch, do you prefer setting the table ahead of time? I like to eliminate the "so where shall we sit" question as everyone gathers to the table with assigned seating. This year instead of an Easter centerpiece, I've decorated each place setting with Spring inspired French Country Place Holders made from repurposed dollar store finds. Set inside each painted mini flower pot is a Rae Dunn Inspired Easter Egg with each guest's name.

Not only is this a budget-friendly Easter decor idea with French Country style, but it is also so easy to make. I've included two detailed tutorials in this post. One for how to make the pedestal mini flower pots and another on how to make DIY clear decals.

Dollar Store French Country Farmhouse Mini Flower Pots


DIY French Country Place Holders with Rae Dunn Inspired Easter Eggs


Without the eggs, these adorable flower pots can be used for Spring and Summer decor and the possibilities are endless for what to put inside.

DIY French Country Place Holders

Other Easter ideas for the DIY French Country flower pots

They don't have to be used just as place holders. Line the pots with Easter grass and fill them with pastel-colored M & M's or jelly beans or set a decadent chocolate Easter egg on top for guests to enjoy after dinner.

They would also make lovely guest favors too. Plant faux or real succulents, hyacinths, or other flowering plants for guests to take home.

Set pastel votive candles inside and incorporate them into your Easter centerpiece set on a tray or wood table riser. 

DIY Budget-Friendly Easter Place Holders

If you know someone getting married, these would make pretty wedding place cards and/or wedding guest favors.

Dollar Store Decor With Mini Terracotta Pots

The list is endless how these pretty DIY pedestal terracotta pots with saucers could be used.

They don't have to be used just for Easter, I plan on incorporating mine into Spring and Summer vignettes around the house.

French Country Style Painted Clay Pots For Easter

There will be eight of us for Easter dinner but unfortunately, I only had six pedestal chalkboards. The painted terracotta pots and saucers are just as cute without the pedestal base when both are painted with the same French Country whitewashed finish.

The two without the bases will be less likely to get knocked over at our young grandchildren's place settings.

Supplies to make French Country pedestal flower pots

Made with mini terracotta pots and saucers, repurposed mini chalkboard signs, and plastic Easter eggs - all from the dollar store.

French Country Easter Place Holder Dollar Store Hack

The pedestal chalkboards are leftover from our daughter's wedding three years ago so I'm happy to finally give them a new purpose. I'll save the chalkboard portion for another project.

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Supply List

Mini Terracotta Flower Pots and Saucers
Pedestal Chalkboard Stands (base only)
Upper Canada
Raw Silk
Clear Wax
E6000 Glue
Easter Grass or Moss
Easter Candy (optional)

White Plastic Easter Eggs
Clear Packing Tape
Scissors
Mod Podge


How to make French Country Pedestal Flower Pots with dollar store finds

Pedestal base assembly

First, remove the chalkboards from the pedestal bases. Glue the mini terracotta saucers onto the center of the pedestal bases with E6000 glue and set aside.

DIY French Country Place Holders Pedestal Base Assembly

Paint the mini terracotta flower pots

While the glue cures on the bases, its a good time to paint the mini terracotta flower pots. First I brushed two coats of Fusion Upper Canada green mineral chalk paint that I had on hand. Any chalky type paint or multi-surface craft paint is fine. The porous terracotta absorbed the paint quickly and they dried quickly.

DIY French Country Painted Clay Pots

To add the pretty French Country style, we'll be dry brushing white paint over the green paint. I used Fusion Raw Silk white mineral chalk paint that I had on hand but white multi-surface craft paint would be fine too.

Dip just the tips of an inexpensive chip brush into the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel so very little paint is left on the brush. With light pressure on the brush, swipe the brush across the painted flower pots with long random brush strokes. You want the green to be visible underneath.

Paint the terracotta saucers and pedestal bases

Once the glue has cured on the bases, paint the wooden pedestals and mini saucers the same white used to dry brush the flower pots.

Pedestal flower pot assembly

Once the flower pots are dry, glue them onto the center of the saucers with E6000 glue. It's that easy!

This step is optional once the glue is completely cured. protect the fresh paint with clear wax buffed to a matte finish with a lint-free rag.

DIY French Country Place Holders For Easter

How To Make Rae Dunn Inspired Easter Egg Decals

These clear Rae Dunn inspired decals are so easy to make with clear packing tape. After making them I wanted to go around the house and decal all our glass containers!

Rae Dunn Inspired Easter Eggs with DIY Clear Decals

Step 1 - Design the clear decals

I went over to PicMonkey to create the typography with everyone's name. Sized in letter format for bond printer paper (850 x 1100) and used the Amatic font sized at 150 pt. I couldn't decide whether to label the eggs in black ink or a similar green to the flower pots so I made each name in both (pictured below).

Print the graphic on bond paper using a laser printer ONLY. Let the ink dry for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.

Step 2 - Create a clear decal

Place packing tape over the names and overlap the tape slightly on each row of tape. Rub a credit card or brayer over the tape for a tight bond to the paper. Cut out each name close to the letters.

DIY Rae Dunn Inspired Clear Decals Tutorial

Step 3 - Remove the paper from the decals

Fill a small bowl with warm water and soak your tape covered labels for a few minutes. With your fingers rub the paper off the back of the tape. Tada, you now have clear decals!

Lay the decals tape side up on a paper towel to dry.

How To Make DIY Clear Decals

Step 4 - How to adhere the clear decal onto the eggs

Brush Mod Podge onto white plastic Easter eggs from the dollar store. You could use hard-boiled eggs but I wouldn't suggest blown eggs because they may be too delicate to rub on the decals.

Place the clear decal over the Mod Podge and rub with your finger to get a good bond with the egg. Once dry, brush a coat of Mod Podge over the decal and repeat with another if necessary.

These clear Rae Dunn DIY decals are perfect to label glass and ceramic containers and home decor.

So what do you think? Would you make these French Country pedestal flower pots and how would you use them?

Other DIY Easter decor ideas

Here are a couple more DIY Easter tablescape ideas that I thought you might like. A Whimsical Easter Centerpiece made with an upcycled planter plus fun DIY chair spindle carrots and DIY speckled colored eggs.

These DIY Spring Burlap Cutlery Holders are another way to dress up each place setting. They are also very handy to have set on the Easter buffet table. We use them outdoors during the summer for family BBQs too.

You can find more Easter OR Spring DIY inspiration on my Spring|Easter Ideas page or visit my Spring & Easter Ideas board on Pinterest.

If you have any questions about either of these DIY Spring/Easter decor projects, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed these dollar store craft ideas, I'd be so thankful if you shared them with a friend or pinned them to your Spring or Easter Boards on Pinterest.


Charming French Country Easter Place Holders

DIY French Country Easter Place Holders

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  1. What a fabulous idea for any type of table settings, Marie - not just for Easter! So many possibilities on how to decorate! But I think your dollar stores have nicer items than the ones near me. Those stands are too cute! And I love the soft green color you chose. It really shouts Easter! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gail! Yes, I definitely plan on using these for multiple purposes and occassions. I love me my Dollarama (Canadian dollar store chain). We have three in our little hamlet that I frequent on a regular basis. Happy Easter!

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  2. Not only are the charming but they are oh, so elegant Marie. You have taken place cards to a whole other level with these cuties. Happy Easter my friend!

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    1. Thank you very much my friend, I'm glad you like them! After Easter I'll continue to use them for family dinners and think of new ideas for filling the little flower pots. Happy Easter! Our outdoor Easter egg hunt is looking iffy, may be moving it indoors.

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  3. Oh, these are so cute Marie! I especially love the little stands you made and if I can find the materials I have an idea for what I would do with those!!

    Tania

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  4. I found everything at Dollarama (Canadian dollar store chain) but I hope you can find them at your local dollar store too. Happy Easter, Tania!

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  5. These are over-the-top charming and original!!! You always make the best crafts and these are pure joy. Happy Easter, my friend. And please oh please send me a photo of your table set. I have a feeling it will be one of the best of the season.

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    1. Thank you so much Susie, means a lot coming from you, a decorating rock star! I'm afraid my table won't be anything like you may have envisioned because I keep it pretty simple. Happy Easter back to you too my friend. xo

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  6. These Easter Egg Place Cards are gorgeous Marie! I'd never know you got the materials at a Dollar Store! Enjoy your Easter weekend my friend. And oh, love love love your new theme/site btw... looks amazing! XO Hugs

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    1. Love how dollar store finds can be completely transformed into elegant decor that looks more expensive. I'll be using these for family dinners too. Glad you like the new look of the blog - still ironing out some kinks and making a few changes but soon it'll be done. Happy Easter back to you my friend! xo

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  7. I never host anything if I can help it!
    I like this project. These are really adorable!

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    1. Too funny Cie! It's certainly a lot of work but I do enjoy it - just not the clean up. I'm glad you like my place holder idea.

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  8. This is an adorable project, Marie! I'll bet that your family loved your Easter table set with these charming place holders. I love the way you made the personalized eggs. Did each person take them home or did you save them to use in future years?

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    1. Thank you so much, Paula! My little grandson loved the eggs and made a game of "mix up the eggs and the people" and had a blast. The eggs did stay here so I can use them again in future years.

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  9. How cute these are for Easter. Just a really cute idea Marie. I will go in and re sign for the feed. I do not want to miss your posts!!!!!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you very much, Kris, I appreciate that! Something must have gone array with the RSS feed when I switched templates. I'm glad you like the place holders. My grandson thought the eggs were a fun game of now who belongs to each egg.

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

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  11. These are so CUTE, Marie! I love that they can come out each year and become a bit of a family tradition!

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    1. Thanks Sam, I'm glad you like them! I use these place holders throughout the year by replacing the Easter eggs with other treats for dinner guests.

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  12. These Easter Egg place holders are fantastic Marie. The way you created them using dollar store supplies startles me. Such a great upcycle. I also love how you made the DIY Decals for the names. That tutorial is going to be very handy, what a great method. Pinned and shared.

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    1. Thanks so much, Leanna! Those DIY decals are so fun and easy to make. They are perfect for labelling clear glass jars too. Thanks for the pin and share ♡

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  13. These are adorable, Marie... saw them over at Waste Not Wednesday! I'm sure you are loving being the featured blogger! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Julie, I'm glad you like the DIY place holders. Yes, I'm absolutely thrilled to be the featured blogger at Waste Not Wednesday!!!!

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