Ten Ways to Reuse Flower Vases

Flowers are great gifts on birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, but what do you do with the vases once the flowers have died? Although it’s always a good idea to keep a few vases around, after a while they can add up. Try these top ten ways to reuse your old flower containers!

Copyright (c) 2009 Sarah Simmons
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1. Design a Centerpiece

You can reuse plain cylinder floral vases by filling them with
something colorful. Oranges, lemons or limes make a great
eye-catching summertime centerpiece, or fill a vase with
pinecones and dried berries for a festive winter look.

2. Create a Candleholder

Wide-mouthed vases make lovely candle holders. Just fill the
bottom half with items sturdy enough to hold-up a candle (stones,
beads or coffee beans are also great ideas), then work the candle
down into the container.

3. Give a Gift

Don’t go to that next party empty handed! Fill a vase with
relevant items (i.e. Christmas decorations, holiday themed candy
such as candy corn for Halloween, or seashells for a beach party)
for the host or hostess as a thank you.

4. Make Bookends

Decorate the exterior of your flower vase to match the area of
the bookcase and fill the vase with something heavy, like sand or
rocks, so it can be used as a bookend.

5. Organize your Home

Smaller flower vases are great for holding pens and pencils or
loose change. In addition, empty vases are great for kitchen
utensils. Have a square vase? Try using it to hold all your
remote controls.

6. Donate to a Good Cause

Fill your old flower containers with dried or artificial flowers,
and donate them to hospitals or retirement homes and help
brighten someone else’s day.

7. Produce a Planter

Try planting herbs or small flowers in a clear vase for aprettier alternative to plastic containers. Put rocks in the bottom third of the vase for drainage and fill the rest with soil. You can plant a variety of herbs for a kitchen window garden or small flowers to brighten up your office. The best part – you’ll always know when your plants need watering!

8. Showcase Something Special

Have a special memento or souvenir from a recent vacation? Tall floral containers are a great way to call attention to smaller items that might otherwise get lost on bookcases. Cover it with the vase by itself, or add similar themed décor along with the keepsake for a more intricate display.

9. Put Pastries on a Pedestal

Wide based, wide mouthed vases make great cake stands! Just turn your vase upside down (or keep it right side up if the base is wider than the mouth), and secure a plate on top. These stands can be used to display  special pies, cupcakes, cookies and more.

10. Apply it to Art

If all else fails, and you can’t find any other uses for your flower vases, you can always break them up, and use the colored broken glass in mosaics or tile works.

Receiving floral gifts is only half the fun when it comes to all the different ways you can reuse the vases. Remember: don’t just throw away your old containers, keep it green and reuse them!


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