May 29, 2012

Vaz, vace, vaze? Some ideas to help!

Need some ideas for the vases you have around the house? If you're like many people, you've received flowers and kept the container. Now, they're in the garage, the kitchen and the's help! 

Flowers with a twist. If a favorite flower is in season, get some. Rather than fill the base with water, add lemons, plastic grapes (to re-use), polished stones and other items that complement the flower.Make it a centerpiece. By joining a few in differing sizes and colors together, you can create a unique centerpiece whether they are filled or not.

Get creative with contents. Try filling a glass vase with sea shells or even sand for a beach theme. For fall, try filling them with pinecones. During the holidays, crunched up plastic wrap and cranberries, makes a great display. I love to add seasonal items and dress up clear glass vases with ornaments, holiday greens and more.

Embellish them. If you want to spice up your vases, don't hesitate to make a few additions. Use acrylic paints to add that final touch to an art glass or glue ceramic beads or shells to the outside of floor vases. Etching is one of the easiest ways to transform a plain glass vase into a custom piece. Wrap with twine, ribbons or even living vines.

To inspire you....

Glass cylinders tied with raffia and 'lined'
with twigs and bamboo

Etch a design onto a glass
vase using a stencil pattern.
See "Etch" How -to blog from Feb.
Fill base of glass with vine
and top with acorns and leaves.

Fill glass cylinders with rocks and
leave as is, or top with candles.

My favorite in a seaside home
year-round. Seashells!

Cabbage leaves surround the base
of cut flowers for a clean look.

Cut limes thin, add a second
cylinder inside. Line between & fill
with water & flowers.
Orange slices cut to fill a small
vase. Use in disposal to freshen
when done!
Handpaint a vine - freehand is OK.
Plastic wrap & water
look like ice. Add cranberries
and twigs to complete the look.

Use rocks instead of marbles
for the base of elegant stems.

Strips of leftover fabrics can  make
a unique filler!

Sand, shells, decorative balls and more
make great fillers for seaside theme or
summertime display

Wind ribbon around cylinders for
the right look. These were for a shower.