Upcycled Spring Home Decorations: a No-spend + DIY Approach!

Upcycled trays, bottles, plates, and boots for spring decor.

Brighten up your home for spring with fresh decorating ideas that will cost (next to) nothing! What’s the secret? Upcycled, recycled, repurposed (whatever you’d like to call it) household items that get a new life as decorative pieces for your living room, kitchen, porch, home office, or bedroom. Check out these fun and doable projects with tutorials included. And welcome spring with a fresh “new from old” look!

Spring Decorations from Household Discards

During spring cleaning, don’t just toss out those old bottles, jars, fabric scraps, clothes, cardboard rolls, egg cartons, and the like. Seeing these creative projects we came upon online, you may get some brilliant ideas for perking up your home decor with these items.

Upcycled trays, bottles, plates, and boots for spring decor.

Entertainment Value

For serving in style, why not glam up an old wooden tray with faux mosaic (1)? The geometric “tile” design is made using snippets of vinyl in shades of blue, but you could use whatever color suits the look you want. (Tutorial thanks to Sustain My Craft Habit)

Brighten up a table for guests with a centerpiece using wine bottles spiffed up with boho-inspired patterns (2). See how Mom Spark created those lovely lacy designs and the clever hobnail effect.

Assemble unique DIY cupcake stands from old plates and goblets (3), inspired by these from Plum Doodles. Such a pretty way to reuse your china and glassware sets that have dwindled over the years or thrift shop finds you bought and never use!

Oh, and of course you must welcome visitors to your home with the cheeriest porch vignette made with brightly colored rain boots filled with spring flowers (4).

Fabric Magic

Re-purpose fabric discards or pieces cut from old clothes into something fun for spring!

Spring decor from old blouses turned into vases and planters.

Create a cool recycled fabric twine planter from cloth scraps (5), following the tutorial by My Poppet Makes. The same fabric twine can also be turned into pot holders, placemats, or foot rugs.

Or dress up a jar vase in a floral wrap taken from a salvaged blouse (6), as seen on Stow and Tell U. You can do similar projects with any floral-print fabric and old baskets, plant pots, or boxes that could use a new look.

Easy for Easter

We love crafts that the kids can help with, too. And Easter is the spring holiday to do just that!


Make charming mini canisters from empty jars with colorful animal lids (7). You can give them away as spring terrarium favors, as shown on Tilly’s Nest, or you can fill them with candy instead.

Have them make delightful birdhouse ornaments from upcycled paper rolls (8), as Rhythms of Play did. Then, use these to adorn a jar of bare twigs, hang as cute window or door accents, or create spring-themed mobiles for the children’s room.

Create some DIY art together, like these milk jug flowers in a frame (9) we found on Choices for Children. Amazing what you can do with a discarded milk jug and some string, ribbon, yarn, baker’s twine, raffia, fabric strips, paper, and an old frame!

Upcycle egg cartons into spring flowers (10) following the how-to from Happy Mothering. These would make sweet Easter party centerpieces, place card holders, and favors – or even some pretty wall art for the kids’ room, like the milk jug flowers above.

So many possibilities for spring decorating – if you just look at those unused, forgotten, or about-to-be-thrown-away household items with a fresh eye. Time to get those crafty hands to work!

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