I’ve shared this post idea previously, and it’s still one of my very favorite frugal and creative ways to bring a touch of Spring to my decor.
Honestly, for one dollar worth of seeds, you can create the most fun Spring Centerpiece for this Easter’s festivities. I can’t wait to show you what I do this year. 🙂
For more inexpensive tablescape inspiration, check out “What in the world is a tablescape?”, how to use glassware to decorate – finding thrifted trash for $1 and turning them into treasures, making and decorating with your own DIY pedestal cake plate, and my $0.25 table inspirations. There’s no reason to not have an amazing Easter table this year.
For years, my sweet friend, Kimba, has inspired me with her unique ideas using wheat grass (or cat grass). And for two years, I have said, ” I must do it,” and then time slipped away and I didn’t act on it. (Please tell me you can relate?)
Well, this year I finally said I am going to do something amazing for my Easter table centerpiece, and it’s going to include these inexpensive table centerpieces. I went to a local health store and asked for wheat grass. They are sold in little seed packets in the produce department for less than $2. When I browsed the rack, they had every imaginable pack available, but wheat grass was SOLD OUT.
Who in the world buys so much wheat grass? ( I found out at check out, one lady bought them all…of course, the day I need them.)
As I chit chatted with some of the employees about my desire to grow the wheat grass for decor and not consumption (gasp), he mentioned that they buy wheat grass in flats to add to the smoothies that Earth Fare sells, and that I might want to check up front.
So, I went up to the smoothie lady and simply asked. I am going to put my entirely easy conversation on here because many of you tell me you have a hard time asking or feel silly when I encourage some of my frugal ways, so just copy word for word what I said, and presto…FREE WHEAT GRASS!
“Hi there. This may seem like a very odd request, but the guy mentioned that you use wheat grass for your smoothies, and that once you are done cutting it off you just get rid of it. I thought if you had some left over, by chance, I might be able to get them from you, and try to re-sprout them myself. Is that possible? If not, no worries.”
She looked at me, and said “Sure, we just throw it away every day if no one needs it.”
So she came back with this HUGE flat. I had no idea what to expect, and when I looked it over it certainly appeared hacked, as if it would NOT be usable for a centerpiece, but it was free, healthy, and if worse came to worse, I’d put it out for my chickens. 😉
Since it was so short the very first day, I found smaller pots, and put rocks at the bottom so the grass would stick up. I also cut it like sod and pieced some of the longer sections together so it would look full. This was the first day, and I was thrilled with the fact that for nothing, I got something fun and festive. I left the rest in the flat, and just kept it outside.
Look at it a week later. Why can’t we get our grass to grow like this?
You will definitely need to give your grass a “hair cut” before the big event. It grows SO FAST! With it only a few days before Easter, I looked around at all the great stuff I had left over from my spontaneous yard sale, and decided to put some of the glassware to good use before I donated it to Goodwill. (Now all you shoppers that passed on my cheap glassware are going to be sad.) Besides vases, I am also taking individual wine glasses and planting some in each one. It’s really fun to experiment with it.
I am planting the rest of the grass like crazy. All this I just did today, and now I am going to find ribbon, some eggs and get to work on my dining room table.
My desire is to find one long, rectangle holder to accent the middle of all of my tables. I’m sure I have one laying around somewhere. The smaller pots, I will just stick randomly around the house for some festive Easter decor.
This Easter garland is by far our kid’s favorite purchase for Easter. I think it creates the same ambiance that white lights do at Christmas.
In the comments of Kimba’s Wheat Grass post, Emily, from Remarkable Home, shared how she used this same idea for a baby shower she hosted, and my mind has been racing every since.
This is exactly the kind of frugal decorating I love best. Creating elegance for just a few dollars. Oh, the possibilities with this inexpensive grass that has now become my best home decor revolution – Mother’s day, Garden parties, girls’ summer birthday parties with “princess wands” sticking out of the grass, wedding showers, outdoor weddings – there is no end to what the creative juices can stir for just a few dollars.
Isn’t this fun, and to think it all came from just a few wheat seeds. If you have wheat berries, those will work similarly.
It’s SO easy, and you’ll see results in only a few days, or call your local health store that makes smoothies, and ask if they have some wheat grass you can have. Trust me, if you get them today, you’ll have some fun decor by Sunday. 🙂
Really great idea to ask the smoothie lady!
These are so cute!
We were supposed to be out of town for Easter but our trip got cancelled last minute. Now we’re here and the house is very UN-decorated. You have inspired me to look for some inexpensive alternatives to festive-up the place. Wonder if the neighbors would miss a few stems of their gorgeous azaleas?? Hmmm…
Absolutely, I bet they’ve love to share. How about some pretty budding stems of…anything…in a larger vase, and then hang some fake eggs from the stems. That would make a great, and pretty much free, centerpiece. 🙂
How wonderful! You reminded of something my Dad did before Easter when I was very young. The Easter Eggs were laid in the grass once they were colored and dry.
Beautiful:) thank you for sharing!
I am a terrible gardener but even I love this idea! The white milk glass dishes with wheat grass in them are adorable! Must try this!
I’ve always wanted to do this, but I forget every year! We’re never home for Easter, but this would still be perfect for Spring. I think I’ll tell everyone Easter is at my house next year!
Love this idea!!! Very cool!!!
I’ve been seeing this all over blogworld and was dying to do it too. But our health food store didn’t have any ‘red hard wheat’ in their bulk items. I started a little pot of regular grass & it just wasn’t going to do. So I called the health food store, just in case I had missed it the first time, and was told it is stocked under red hard winterberry..ah ha! It is growing like mad after only 4 days and my daughters love to give it a haircut. Need to start earlier next year, but I am all set with ‘seed’. Enjoy your centerpieces!
I am often surprised at what can be gotten for free just by asking! I wonder if there is a health-food store within 50 miles of here …
I was just looking at some at the grocery store yesterday and thinking that was just what I needed for my cats to chew on to keep the hairballs down. Now I can keep the cats happy and have some zen-like decor on my coffee table! Thanks for the clever ideas!
Does eating the wheat grass really help cats’ hairballs? I need to know if this works – one of ours recently came back from a serious hairball “decline” and this would be an easy fix!
I have heard a few people mention it which now explains why right next to the “wheat grass” there was some cat grass for sale. Looks identical, so it’s worth a try for such an inexpensive trick. 🙂
The wheatgrass cure is supposed to work, but I haven’t yet tried it myself. Outdoor cats will eat grass when they don’t feel well, but indoor cats don’t have the ability to self-medicate. When I moved from the mountains, where my cats spent most of their time outdoors, hairballs weren’t a problem. Now we are living in an apartment and it’s becoming an issue. I’ve noticed lots of people buying wheatgrass for their cats here in Seattle for that very purpose, but when I bought it, they wouldn’t touch it. I think if it were planted, as suggested here, they might be more attracted to it. Hope it works for both of us!
My kids and I had a ton of fun growing wheat grass (and rye! It’s fun to compare!) for a February centerpiece. It was SO nice to see green grass than with all the snow outside, and our ice skating party guests were fascinated! I grew it on a rectangular white serving platter. We loved that grass. : )
I tried it — looked beautiful, but in no time at all the house was filled with fruit flies. I did some googling and sure enough, wheat grass is a magnet for fruit flies. So my advice is: great for a temporary centerpiece, but toss it out as soon as the guests leave!
REally? Oh my – I had mine for 2 weeks and never had one fly. That is so odd. I would never had thought that. I wonder what the difference was?
When I looked it up, I read that the wheat grass traps moisture which attracts the fruit flies. I ended up leaving jars of vinegar with paper funnels set in the mouths to trap the flies, but they still swarmed overhead like the ghost of Pig Pen was haunting the house, even when all the fruit was put away. If you learn anything more about what you may have done or not done differently to keep them at bay, let me know! I love the look of the wheat grass and would like to keep it around for some greenery, but can’t live with the fruit flies!
I grew it for Easter and then a few more times to add to our smoothies and didn’t have any problem with flies….I think because I forgot to water it, so the soil was kind of dry! 🙂 Maybe cut back on watering it too much. Mine grew in about a week and we cut it a few times before finally tossing it to start again.
These are great ideas. I even have wheat grass growing now for juicing so I may do something with some of it. Thanks for being creative for us!
great tablescape ideas!
Back in ’05, we grew grass in small, tin containers that we grouped to make centerpieces for our wedding reception. We added cute little cards that informed our guests to take some home. So, not only did we have modern, beautiful, inexpensive table decor, but we also had unique take-homes for our guests! Double duty! Talk about stretching that wedding budget. . .
Hey!! What a wonderful idea! And so easy!! Going to have to remember to do this next year!! Hope you come visit my blog!
Whaaatt?? Where have I been? Easter twinkle lights??? Love them – so cute! Love the grass vignettes too! Thanks so much for linking up to It’s a Spring Thing linky party – am pinning this to our group pinboard!