Create a Lovely Living Grass Centerpiece for Easter


This simple live grass centerpiece makes a beautiful statement for Easter. Decorated with tulips, hyacinths, Easter eggs or cute little nests, it is sure to brighten up your tablescape. The grass itself takes approximately 10 days to grow and might need a little trimming from time to time, but you can continue to enjoy this beautiful centerpiece long past Easter and through spring.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Things You'll Need

  • Shallow container
  • Plastic liner 
  • Gravel or sand (optional)
  • Sphagnum moss (optional)
  • Soil
  • Grass seed
  • Spray bottle
  • Small garden trowel or spoon
  • Spring blooms and foliage 
  • Scissors
  • Faux bird's nest, Easter eggs, or other small decor (optional)


  • To make this centerpiece, I used a wooden box found at my local craft store, but you can use a ceramic pot or even several teacups.

Step 1

If you are using a wooden container, it's important to line the bottom of your wooden tray with pond liner or a plastic bag. This will prevent the bottom of the container from leaking onto your table.

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Step 2

Because the container does not have any drainage holes, I added a layer of gravel at the bottom in order to help with the absorption of water.

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Step 3

Similarly, I placed a layer of Sphagnum moss on top of the gravel to help control the moisture.

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  • Steps 2 and 3 are not necessary if your vessel has proper drainage.

Step 4

Place soil on top of the Sphagnum moss all the way to the top of the container.

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Step 5

Spread your grass seeds on top of the soil. You want your grass to be dense, so the whole surface of your soil should be covered with seeds, but they shouldn’t be piled on top of each other. Cover the seeds with a very thin layer of soil and mist with a spray bottle of water.

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Step 6

Place the container near a sunny window and mist every day with water. You will notice grass starting to sprout in as soon as four days. In approximately 10 days, the grass should be fully grown. Trim the grass to make it even, if desired.

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Step 7

Using a small garden trowel or old spoon, scoop out a little bit of the grass and soil to make a hole big enough to contain a flower bulb.

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Step 8

Take pre-grown flower bulbs out of their pot and remove all the excess soil from their ends. You might want to run the bulbs under water to remove the rest of the soil and expose the roots.

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  • The flower bulbs pictured above are hyacinth.

Step 9

Gently place one of the flower bulbs into the hole and cover with some soil.

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Step 10

Continue making small holes and placing flower bulbs throughout the centerpiece as desired. Be sure to place an uneven number of flowers and to vary the height of the plants to create more interest and balance.

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Step 11

Alternatively, you can simply purchase flowers, trim the stems and insert them into the grass centerpiece. Please note these will not last as long as the bulbs, but would be great for a one-day event.

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Step 12

You can use green foliage as well to add visual interest and fill in any gaps between the spring florals.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Don't forget to mist your centerpiece with water each day so you can enjoy your very own indoor spring garden all season long.

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