Spring evokes the joy of seeing all the birds return, the blooms on the trees, and the flowers waking from their winter sleep. As much as I love having flowers growing in my garden, Spring in particular makes me want to bring those flowers inside, and if I could I would probably have flowers in my home every day!
Here’s a short list for you to be able to make your own Easy Spring Centerpiece.
- A container to hold your arrangement
- flowers of your choice. I used Blue Muscari and White Tulips
- tissue paper, or newspaper
- Spanish moss
- scissors or small pruner
Gather all your supplies together, how many flowers you use depends on the size of your container. I knew I wanted to use my blue transferware chamber pot…wait… a chamber pot? If you don’t know what a chamber pot is, well I have a story to tell, and since laughing at myself is one of my favorite things, I thought you might like to laugh at me, I mean with me because laughter is good for the soul!
I grew up in a rural area in Canada, and one of the highlights for vintage lovers, the bored, or curious was to attend an auction. I have loved vintage and old things for as long as I can remember. They held an amazing fascination for me, a history, that no one in my family understood. since my parents and all my relatives were immigrants, they craved the latest and greatest, and I craved the older the better.
On this particular auction night, my dad drove me out to where the auction was being held,” in the middle of nowhere, and four corners to you just missed it.” I was 16, but he didn’t want me driving by myself out into the pitch blackness, really a two-lane road with no street lights, it takes special navigation skills that rural folk just seem to have. The auction was busy, and underway. My dad had said he’d be back to pick me up, and I was on my own with cash in my pocket. I scoured the tables and looked in both rooms, and there it was! Like a beacon of light shining from the sky and a chorus singing hallelujah, I knew I had found the object of my dreams; It was pale blue transferware, with gold trim, a handle, and lid. I was so surprised when no one bid on it and I proudly won it easily for $10.00.
On the way home, we chatted briefly about my purchase which was wrapped in newspaper in a box, but he could tell I was really excited about my treasure! As I unwrapped it at home, my older sister and her husband were there, chiding me about my auction mania, and then there was dead silence followed by gales of laughter from the onlookers. I had no idea why they found my soup tureen so funny, that is until my much older brother-in-law asked what I was going to do with “it”. ” Serve soup, someday, obviously” was my reply, which brought on more uproarious laughter to the point of them almost falling to the floor, and me just standing there clutching my tureen. My brother-in-law couldn’t contain himself anymore and blurted out, “that it’s a chamber pot!”
Yes, friends, my soup tureen turned out to be a latrine!
Well, I obviously kept the chamber pot, [now you know what it means if you didn’t earlier} because it’s still beautiful! I’ve given it new life and elevated its status to flower container, and no matter how you see it, it’s like a rose by any other name or something like that!
Now, back to the Instructions:
Line your container with tissue paper or newspaper to elevate the flowers you are using. You may need floral foam to help anchor your flowers as well. The Muscari flowers I used were bulbs that were blooming, and in a plastic container that I could easily slip into the pot. You can use flowers with a plastic pot straight from the garden center or store, it makes it really easy to contain them and no big mess. Cut any flowers to size using scissors or small pruning shears. I trimmed my tulips this way. Insert the main flowers into your container, add the filler flowers( the tulips) arrange freeform as you like. Place the Spanish moss around the base of the container, between the lip, and the flowers.
Stand back and admire your Spring Centerpiece, now wasn’t that easy?
Here’s to beautiful Spring and all the joy it brings, and chamber pots that make us laugh!