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vase ideas

Fresh flowers say ‘home’ like nothing else. You don’t need to be a floral designer to bring interesting arrangements into your space. Further, often times the vessel plays an equally important role in the overall look. Choosing something that brings out the colors of the arrangement or adds some interest can take your flowers to another level. But where do you start?

Traditional vases are great. They can often be left as is or grouped together to make a bigger impact. In many cases, a little ‘dressing up’ can make a plain vase very special. But beyond traditional vases, there are loads of other floral containers. In the example above we filled an imported olive can on the left. The vibrant colors work well with the flowers and the graphic on the can is very interesting. On the left we paired together a rubber stamp holder with some test tubes. The tubes can only hold a few stems so you need something with some volume to make this work well.

Below we have shown some more things you can use for vases. Regarding this, we have just one rule… if it holds water, it’s a vase. Keep in mind, even a somewhat shallow container can be used if you have a floral frog. These little tools have saved many an arrangement for us. 

What’s the most interesting vessel you have used or seen? We would love to hear from you.

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vase ideas

We have used all of the items in the photo above at one time or another as a vase for a floral arrangement. But it certainly is not limited to these. Of course, a great deal of this will be determined by the mood you are trying to create.  Here are some things you can use:

  • Old measuring cup
  • Food can
  • Soda bottle
  • Milk bottle
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Decorative bowl
  • Fishbowl
  • Moka pot
  • Canning jar
  • Baby galoshes
  • Pipes (w caps on one end)
  • Test tubes
  • Galvanized buckets
  • Paint cans
  • Eggshells
  • Hollowed out tree branch


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