Create a Fresh Floral Table Runner for Spring or Easter

Use fresh flowers to create a blooming table runner for your spring or Easter celebration! Tutorial includes flower arrangement longevity tips and additional floral inspiration.

 Easter’s on its way, and I’m hopping down the bunny trail with steps to create a fresh flower arrangement as a runner for your Easter or spring table!

And as it’s the third Monday of the month I’m joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms! You’ll find my floral friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.

Our common theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was an Easter arrangement. I’ve been wanting to create a fresh floral table runner, a variation on this fall floral and edible runner, that uses dried hydrangeas.

To create this fresh flower table runner, I started with some chicken wire. You can find chicken wire in small rolls at the craft store and larger rolls at the garden center. I found my chicken wire in a 18 by 39-inch roll on Amazon for around $8. (Your chicken wire doesn’t have to be white, galvanized is fine.)

I stopped in Dollar Tree to see what I could use as a base for my table runner and found plastic storage containers, sold in packs of two. { Yippee, 2 for $1 and reusable for food storage! } The dimension of my containers is 5 1/2 inches wide by 8 inches long and 2 inches deep.

Cut your chicken wire about 4 inches wider and longer than your container, so you have a couple of inches of wire on each side to bend and place inside your container. If you find your chicken wire doesn’t want to stay in place, use waterproof floral tape, running a couple of strips across the width of your container to secure it.

 After the chicken wire is in place, arrange the containers down the center of your table. Now they’re ready to be filled with a floral preservative / water solution to help prolong the life of your flowers.

The viburnum by my Potting Shed is covered in fluffy white snowballs. . .the only snowballs you want to see in April!

I cut some snowballs to add the floral runner. Viburnum stems are woody so I used my vegetable peeler to remove the outer layer of the wood of the branch to help the stems ‘drink’ and stay hydrated and fresh.

Start with your larger flowers, adding them to your containers, making sure the stems stay submerged in your water solution. This will be easier as you add more flowers and you have stems that criss-cross in your containers.

In addition to snowball viburnum, I used some pink and blue hydrangeas, white alstroemeria and pink Charmelia, that I had leftover from a previous arrangement. Both alstroemeria and Charmelia are long-lasting flowers that will look fresh up to two weeks.

I tucked in some faux eggs for a little Easter decoration and as filler to add along the length of the runner.

Bunny egg plates are framed with a garland of flowers on scalloped plates and white chargers. . .

And served up on white wicker placemats, appropriately, by Bunny Williams 🐰 for Ballard Designs. ;)

Bunny ears provide napkin rings for our Easter table. . .

I used alternating colors of pink and blue! 🐰

This is a fun way to add flowers to the length of your table that you can do anytime of year! Use wet floral foam if you prefer, trimming your blocks of foam to fit your containers. I’m a fan of chicken wire, as it can be reused.

Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:

 Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and remove any leaves below the water line.

Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water that come with your flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

 Check your water level to top it off if necessary. Some flowers like hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.

 If you’re using cut hydrangeas, use the alum-dipping method to keep them from wilting.

Keep your flower arrangement away from heat (like vents blowing) or direct sunlight.

Change your vase water every other day if possible.

Easter Table Details:

Bunny Egg Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago, used here

Dinner Plates / Mikasa Endearment

Bunny Napkin Rings, Chargers, Tablecloth / HomeGoods

Flatware / Mikasa Cameo Gold

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

White Wicker Placemats / Ballard Designs

Napkins / PIer 1

Eggs / Target

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Hop over HERE, for additional blooming centerpieces and Easter table inspiration.

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch


  56 comments for “Create a Fresh Floral Table Runner for Spring or Easter

  1. April 15, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Your photos are great and this post gave me an idea for easter. thanks –
    I also happen to have the viburnum snowball bush – but have lime green emerging blooms and they might not be ready in time.

  2. April 15, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Happy Monday Mary! Other than using the wet floral foam, I have often wondered just how one goes about to contain the flowers in a floral runner…love that method!….Oh how I so envy that huge Viburnum!…I planted a Snowball Viburnum a few years ago at the former house and drove by it the other day just to admire it!…the curation of the runner of flowers is perfection and the thought that went into it the coordination of the colors with the adorable bunny plates is “signature Mary” …. You make us start off our Mondays with a smile and bloom inspiration!!!

  3. April 15, 2019 at 7:09 am

    This stunning Mary! Thank you for sharing the details of how you created it. I’m pinning for Mother’s Day! Happy Easter! 🐇

  4. April 15, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Your runner is truly beautiful Mary! Happy Easter Week-enjoy:@)

  5. April 15, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Just absolutely gorgeous! I enjoy every tutorial you share!

    But I must comment on your Snowball Tree… WOW!

    Your table is exquisite… a Monday Morning that starts off with such beauty is a marvelous Monday in my books!

    Happy Easter Week!

  6. Rita C.
    April 15, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Mary! {{Gasp!}} That is truly stunning! Oh my…………..!

  7. Bonnie Morgan
    April 15, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Oh, Mary, Your arrangement and table are gorgeous! You have outdone yourself again!!!

    Your plate stack is so pretty. Wow, such an ingenious table runner!

  8. Donna C
    April 15, 2019 at 8:12 am


  9. April 15, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I am drooling over this gorgeous runner Mary! What a feast for the eyes! Beautiful flowers, dishes, table and a fantastic tutorial to go with it. Now, if I’m only brave enough to attempt to create one myself! Thank you so much for the beauty you share. I always love starting my day with HIWTBI! 🚢🐇🌼❤️

  10. April 15, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Mary, your floral table runner is stunning with your snowballs, hydrangeas, alstroemeria, and eggs! Your tutorials are always the best, so easy to understand with your photos and instructions. The egg bunny plates are so cute and I don’t remember ever seeing them. Beautiful start to my Monday!❤️

  11. April 15, 2019 at 8:27 am

    So jealous of your snowball! I planted a dozen last year, they are not even leafed out and less than 12″ , I can’t wait for a grown up garden! The runner is beautiful, love the eggs tucked in.

    • April 15, 2019 at 8:30 am

      Thank you, I can only imagine how gorgeous your new garden will be in two – three years. Everything will be flowering up a storm :)

  12. Karen
    April 15, 2019 at 8:35 am


  13. Susan B
    April 15, 2019 at 8:36 am

    The table runner is beautiful Mary. You make it look so easy, thank you for sharing the details that go into creating the floral arrangement. Your table is so festive, I love the Mikasa dishes. You brought a smile to my face this morning. Happy Easter and God Bless you!

  14. April 15, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Oh Mary, this is so beautiful I am almost speechless! The base of your floral runner is such a brilliant idea, and your tutorial and tips are fantastic! I love the pretty pastel eggs tucked in especially…your whole table is a work of art with layer upon layer of Easter pretties, starting with the fabulous cloth and ending with the alternating pink and blue bunny ear napkin rings! I hope you have a wonderful Easter week enjoying all your magnificent blooms! 🌸

  15. Alice Genzlinger
    April 15, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Marvelous Mary, that’s my new name for you because of your gift of design. Everything is beautiful.

  16. Amy Kaminski
    April 15, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Oh that snowball bush!!! I just can’t wait to see something like that blooming in my garden. Yesterday we got real snowballs….again. Winter will just not let go in West Michigan. Love seeing Springtime on your blog!

  17. Clara
    April 15, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Mary, This is a beautiful table runner! What a wonderful idea and budget friendly too. I pinned it for Easter & for when our hydrangeas bloom. I love your tablescape! The tablecloth is so pretty & the stacked plates are gorgeous! Wishing you a very happy Happy Easter! Clara 🐇💕🌸🌼

  18. April 15, 2019 at 10:13 am

    What a great post! I have never worked with chicken wire before because I thought it would be difficult to deal with. Having now read this, I am willing to give it a try. Your floral arrangements look beautiful. I also am crazy about that tablecloth! Happy Easter to you and yours, Mary!

  19. Terry Wallace
    April 15, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Just beautiful how do you keep your Hydrangeas from wilting? Appreciate your post and wonderful vision always.

  20. Ann Woleben
    April 15, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Simply elegant~with my favorites – hydrangeas!

  21. Betsy
    April 15, 2019 at 10:54 am

    What a terrific tip about the Viburnum stem trim! I never would have realized that my snowballs needed a trim before being added to a vase. We’re having a late Spring here so ours are not in bloom quite yet, but I’m already planning on using some for the Ball jar vases for my colleagues (combining two of your ideas!).

    I’m loving all your Easter posts! With your pictures as inspiration I purchased all new Easter decorations for our home. Sadly, my husband was cleaning out the garage and thought the piles of large Home Goods bags were trash. Needless to say, there’s a pile of gorgeous Easter decorations somewhere at the local dump. Sigh. I’ll have to live vicariously through your pictures this year!

  22. Donna Milazzo
    April 15, 2019 at 10:58 am

    That flowering runner is just beautiful! I so wish that I could grow viburnum in my climate, but I think it’s a bit too hot here in the summer. Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas!

  23. Bobbi Duncan
    April 15, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Mary, this is such a beautiful and ingenious idea–love it! Your table setting is lovely–you always come up with wonderful ideas. Happy spring!

  24. Debbie
    April 15, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Mary, this is the most perfect Easter/Spring table I can imagine! Hydrangeas are my favorite and they just look lovely in this arrangement. Thank you so much for the tutorial – it is always so helpful!

  25. Tricia
    April 15, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Hello Mary, I looked high & low last year, and now this year, for the ‘Set of 4 Cookie Stamps’ for Easter. Finally found them on eBay, only 99c & .60 shipping. You used these in your ‘Layered Spring Salad for Easter’. Blessings, Tricia

  26. anne
    April 15, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! So soft and delicate. This would look so sweet for a baby shower, too. Your dinner plates are divine. Love it!

  27. Donna B Oliphint
    April 15, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Well, that is simply beautiful!

  28. Sue
    April 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    How gorgeous – thank you for sharing such beautiful ideas! I just wish my snowball bush was half and full and lush as yours!

  29. Cheryl King
    April 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Another gorgeous post, Mary! I planted a snowball last year, inspired by your photos of a table setting with all those wonderful blooms as a backdrop. I hope to one day have an outdoor afternoon tea area!

  30. Cristy Lee Bennett
    April 15, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Such a pretty floral display for Easter…love the pastel colors for the whole tablescape! Great tutorial too! Happy Easter Wishes!

  31. Maureen E.
    April 15, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Your floral table runner is gorgeous, Mary! I appreciate the clear directions for how to make a similar one. Just wish I had flowers growing in my yard to use.

    Happy Easter to you and yours,


  32. Merlin Parde
    April 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    “Bunny” Williams, huh…xxx franki

  33. Cyndi Raines
    April 16, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Beautiful! Such soft colors, everything coordinates so well. Love the eggs tucked into the flowers. Thanks for the step by step tutorial, and the pictures showing each step of the way. Will pin. Have a blessed Easter Mary! 🐑🐣🐇

  34. Nancy Leizear
    April 16, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Just gorgeous! You are so clever, talented and have a great eye for beauty! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Theresa R Keller
    April 16, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Beautiful table, thank you for all your tips! Happy Easter to you!

  36. Ellen
    April 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS EASTER TABLE!! Great ideas for centerpiece too!! I tried the alum dipping method several years ago and it worked great!! HAPPY EASTER and thanks again for useful ideas!! ❤️🐰🐇💐🌼🌸

  37. April 16, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Our viburnum is just budding now, I can’t wait for the flowers. Your runner is GORGEOUS and thanks for the tutorial. I pinned it for sure. The bunny plates are so pretty, I just did a table with bunny plates too. You are amazingly talented! Have a VERY Happy Easter!!!

  38. Linda L Hovgaard
    April 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Mary – you give me so much inspiration. Your tablescapes are stunning! I so appreciate you giving us the details of how to put your designs together and the fact that it involves simple inexpensive reusable items. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we can’t thank you enough. I have a quick question – A month or two ago in one of your posts there was a set of plates with baby chicks on them. I thought there were chicks on all four but maybe it was the set from Pottery Barn and there was one chick plate. I tried to look at your pins but I have so many……can you please let me know if you have a set of 4 chick plates and where they are from? Hope I wasn’t dreaming…lol.

  39. April 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Oh My!! This is just so beautiful Mary! You truly created magic on your table with those plastic containers and chicken wire, it is breathtaking!!

  40. March 29, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Mary, this post is a wealth of talented genius! Your tables make me want to set a different table each Sunday of the month. If only I had all those beautiful blooming azaleas, dogwood trees and snowball viburnum. And of course the lakeside view! Thanks for sharing all your creative ideas. Each one stunning!
    I’m with you on wishing for later Easter dates. I prefer late April.
    Happy Easter to you and your sweet girls.

  41. Gina S
    March 30, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Mary, this is absolutely beautiful! As always, your attention to detail has continually amazed me!

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