In my home, I like changing the look of the interiors as often as I can. Having different flower arrangements is a simple trick that can instantly have an effect on a certain space. But with the constant changing and rearranging, I don’t necessarily have to buy a lot of vases. All I need is a classic plain glass vase, a dose of inspiration, and a lot of creativity. Here’s how I do it:
Use Nature as the Inspiration – Go as natural as you can get!
Floral wreath and candles – When celebrations call for ambience, hurricane vases, candles, and elegant flowers do the trick. Choose or cut floral foam into a donut shape with a hole in the middle that can fit the base of your hurricane vase. Soak it in water and place it on top of a ceramic plate to keep the water from seeping through and spilling onto your table. Arrange your cut flowers on the floral foam, making sure that the foam is fully covered. Place the hurricane vase in the middle of the floral wreath and light a candle inside for instant drama.
Fresh citrus slices – Nothing spells summer more than adding fruit to your floral arrangement. For this arrangement you would need two glass vases of the same design, but in different sizes. Think of it as a glass vase within a glass vase. Place the smaller vase inside the larger vase and fill both with water. Cut a citrus fruit (I prefer using lemons) into slices, and place them in the gap between the two vases. Finally, add your summer blooms in the smaller vase.
Ferns – For a minimalist form of arrangement, it doesn’t necessarily have to involve your favorite blooms but rather just some simple green ferns. Fill three-fourths of a cylindrical glass vase with water then place a large fern inside. Bend the fern carefully with your fingers until it naturally clings to the sides of the vase. The natural green tones and silhouette of the fern add a relaxing ambiance to your space.
Driftwood – Make use of the natural color, texture, and coastal inspiration of driftwood for your plain glass vase design. For this arrangement, you would also need two glass vases of the same design, but in different sizes. Another glass vase within a glass vase technique. Put the smaller vase inside the larger vase. Fill the smaller vase with water and flowers, and the larger vase with small pieces of driftwood. Try to choose driftwood that are uniquely shaped for added visual interest.
Long wide leaves – Naturally cover the stems of flowers inside a clear glass vase by lining the interior of the vase with long wide leaves. No need to cut the leaves, just simply line it around the glass vase, add water, and a bright floral arrangement brings your plain glass vase to life.
Small river stones – They are almost perfectly shaped by nature to not have rough edges, and just a small quantity (about a quarter of the vase) would be enough to add a bit of texture and color to an otherwise simple floral arrangement. Just add water and flowers and you’re good to go.
Inspired to dress up your clear glass vases? Go natural and get inspiration from nature.
Tina Villa is a freelance lifestyle writer and the editor of lifestyle site www.tinavilla.com where she writes about her latest beauty and fashion finds, her love for design and beautiful interiors, travelling to interesting places and discovering new gastronomic delights. She lives in the Philippines with her husband Mickey and their highly sociable basset hound named Droopy. On weekends, she and her husband enjoys going on long distance outdoor bike rides or going on impromptu out of town adventures.
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