How to Make a Beautiful Resurrection Garden Centerpiece for Easter

by | DIY, Holidays

An Easter Resurrection Garden is such a meaningful way to prepare for Easter! It can also make a beautiful centerpiece to use on a dining room table, kitchen island, or even coffee table for the spring season! Keep reading for a simple tutorial for a Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter that you can do even with kids.  Have you ever created a Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter?  I can’t wait to show you one of our favorite Easter traditions in this post.

I absolutely love Easter!  The colors, the sweet traditions, the pretty dresses, the silly Easter egg hunts, a cute Easter bunny, beautiful flowers…all of it!  We have a great time celebrating the Easter season.  One of my favorite things to do is to create a DIY resurrection garden to use in my Easter decor!

Most of all, I love the significance and importance of the Easter holiday to my faith!

A few years ago, we started creating a Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter.  However, I wish I had started it many years ago!

It is always so much fun doing Easter crafts with the kids.  Best of all, a DIY resurrection garden opens the door wide for meaningful conversation about the beauty of the Easter holiday and the resurrection of Christ!

There are a lot of fancy ways to create a Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter.  We chose to keep ours very simple, though you could add a lot of things to make it even more beautiful, as well as to coordinate with your Easter table colors.  You can even create mini resurrection gardens to use around your home or give as hostess gifts for Easter Sunday!

First, let’s make the DIY resurrection garden!  We made ours recently and are waiting for the grass to grow in!  It should be beautiful before Easter morning arrives!

Then, you can have fun embellishing the fun project to fit your own home!


resurrection garden used as a centerpiece for an Easter tablescape

How do you make a Resurrection Garden for kids?

Keep reading for details on these simple step-by-step instructions to create a DIY Resurrection Garden!

  1. Gather materials (see list below)
  2. Create tomb
  3. Add potting soil
  4. Plant seeds
  5. Make crosses and add to hill
  6. (Optional) Add pebbles leading up to tomb
  7. Add large stone to opening of the tomb
  8. Water and watch it grow!

What does an Easter garden represent?

A Resurrection Garden represents Jesus rising from His tomb on Easter.  It takes us back to Luke 24:1-8:

“At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.

They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship.

The men said, “Why are you looking for the Living One in a cemetery? He is not here, but raised up.

Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up?” Then they remembered Jesus’ words.

How to Make a Beautiful DIY Resurrection Garden Centerpiece for Easter

Materials Needed for a Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter:

While you may need to purchase several things, you can reuse everything except the grass seeds and potting soil year after year!

all the materials for a resurrection garden

How to Create a Resurrection Garden Centerpiece for Easter:  Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step One:

After gathering our materials, we laid the small terra cotta pot on it’s side, inside the large saucer or bowl. This will become the empty tomb for the garden and a small hill for the garden  You’ll want to make sure your smooth stone approximately covers the opening of the terra cotta pot.  We will add the stone at the end to show the empty tomb!

a small terracotta pot on its side inside an ironstone bowl

Step Two:

Take the potting soil and fill around and on top of the small terra cotta pot.   Make it nice and thick!  We left about 1/3 of the saucer with just a thin layer of soil, in front of the opening of the terra cotta pot.

soil put in and around the small terracotta pot in the ironstone bowl

Step Three:

Sprinkle cat grass seeds evenly over the potting soil and then spread a thin layer of potting soil over the top of the seeds. I like to use cat grass seeds because they grow quickly.

Pro Tip:  Don’t plant them too deep.  

The first year that we did this, I think we buried the seeds too deep and it took extra long to get any sprouts of grass!

one of the kids holding seeds over the resurrection garden

Step Four:

Break or cut small twigs for the three crosses and tightly wrapped twine to hold them together.  We stood these up in the top of the soil, right behind the terra cotta pot.  For significance, consider making the center cross a little taller for Jesus’ cross.

You can use sticks from the yard or popsicle sticks for convenience.  We’ve done it different ways!

Harrison hunting for sticks for the cross
two different sizes of stick crosses in the resurrection garden

Step Five:

This step is optional, but I do think it looks really pretty!  We added small rocks around the empty 1/3 of the saucer in front of the “tomb”, which is the small terra cotta pot.

pebbles poured in front of the soil and terracotta pot

Step Six:

Place the large, smooth rock partway in front of the small opening of the terra cotta pot.  This creates the look of the stone, rolled away from the tomb!

Make this special moment where you read the Easter story and discuss the significance of faith!


Here are some other book suggestions that we have at home or that I use in my classroom for young children(I teach at a Christian school):

(Any of these would make great Easter basket gifts too!)


nearly completed resurrection garden with soil hill, terracotta pot tomb and stick crosses on top

Step Seven:

Placed your DIY Resurrection Garden in a sunny spot, spritzed it with water every day!  The cat grass seeds usually sprout very quickly, which is great for little people (or big people) who have a hard time waiting!

Even if you make your DIY Resurrection Garden a little late and it doesn’t grow too much before Easter, this is still a great chance to discuss the Easter story with your children and enjoy for the spring months.

I love that while Easter is a scheduled holiday, the Easter message can be part of our lives every day!


resurrection garden with grass starting to sprout

How do you make a simple Easter garden?

Your Resurrection Garden can be as simple or elaborate as you care to make it.  Often, people like to add flowers or small plants to their Resurrection garden.

Easter Lilies are the traditional flower for the Easter holiday.  However, beautiful blooms of any flower can represent new life and the Easter story.

Since, I don’t have very good luck with growing flowers indoors, I would opt for pretty faux flowers.  I will link some favorites below.

At the same time, I also love to keep our Resurrection garden very simple.  It is easier for the kids to be involved and I do love the symbolism of the simplicity too.


Here are some options for favorite faux flowers:


How to make a Resurrection Garden?

Now that you know everything you need, you can start gathering supplies to create your own Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter!  The first thing you need is a beautiful bowl.  I am linking some favorites below.  Each of these can be used for other things throughout the year, too.  I love multi-purpose decor accessories.  Don’t you?!?!

Favorite bowls for a Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter:


What do you put on a table for Easter?

Your Resurrection Garden can become a beautiful centerpiece for your Easter table as well!  For example, flank it with some pretty flower bouquets or fresh plants and add some faux egg filler down the table runner!  (I like to use a vintage grain sack for my table runner!). Simple, but meaningful and so pretty!

At the same time, you could use your Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter as a centerpiece for other accent tables around your home.  For example, welcome guests to your home by featuring it on an entryway table or covered porch!

A Resurrection Garden would be a beautiful centerpiece for a coffee table or even a kitchen island too.  Think of your Resurrection garden centerpiece for Easter as a way to invite conversation about the meaning of Easter among friends and family!

Place your garden wherever those conversations are likely to take place and then enjoy!


resurrection garden styled on a bread board with other decor in between two jars of spring flower arrangements

Shop This Look for a Resurrection Garden Centerpiece for Easter:


beautiful Easter tablescape with a resurrection garden and two arrangements of flowers

Now you are ready to make your own Resurrection Garden centerpiece for Easter!

If you’ve never made a DIY Resurrection Garden before, I encourage you to try it!  It is a fun activity for adults and kids.  (You don’t have to have kids in your home to make this special!!!)

Then, you can find 6 more meaningful activities to do as a family over on this post.

We will be patiently waiting for our grass to keep growing and counting down the days until the special Easter Day arrives!  In the meantime, Happy Easter from our family to yours!


grass growing in a beautiful resurrection garden in an ironstone bowl
resurrection garden styled next to a small watering can on top of a bread board as well as flower arrangments


“After the Sabbath, as the first light of the new week dawned, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to keep vigil at the tomb. Suddenly the earth reeled and rocked under their feet as God’s angel came down from heaven, came right up to where they were standing.

He rolled back the stone and then sat on it. Shafts of lightning blazed from him. His garments shimmered snow-white. The guards at the tomb were scared to death. They were so frightened, they couldn’t move.

The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.

“Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead.”

Matthew 28:1-7

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