14 Fun, Creative, and Inexpensive Ideas for Flower Vases

The perfect vase can make all the difference in how your arrangement turns out, and that’s why getting creative with your vase choice can make a big impact. Plus, it's always nice when you can use something you already have for free or buy something that's relatively inexpensive.

Our Flora Fun Box includes a new vessel each season, carefully chosen as a piece that you can use over and over again. But while you wait for next season’s vessel, we have a lineup of ideas for fun, creative vases that you probably have around the house.  

When designing in something that isn’t your typical flower vase, you can use the same techniques you’ve learned from Flora Fun Box. We place a big emphasis on learning how to create different armatures, or support structures, to help hold the flowers up. A very common one is to crisscross floral tape on the opening of the vase or vessel. In our Summer 2020 Box, we used floral mesh (like chicken wire) to hold things...

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My Trick for Intimate Table Design during Covid-19

Intimate table design during Covid-19? No, I'm not off my rocker! I promise. You can create a beautiful and safe table design for your socially distanced get together!

This summer, your hosting plans have no doubt been altered from years past thanks to Covid-19. Here in Washington state, we’ve only recently received the green light to have very small gatherings, preferably outside and with lots of distance. Hosting is kind of my thing, so this was great news for me! And I always love a challenge: how to design intimate, safe table décor 

Traditional, close-quarters table designs are not the best choice during a pandemic, for obvious reasons. So how could I create a cohesive atmosphere that could be spread out a little more? The answer, luckily, was very obvious to me, because it involves something I fell in love with long ago, and something that is perfectly suited for a summer patio dinner. 

I first encountered bud vases while...

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5 Favorite Summer Flowers for Floral Arrangements

Summer is in full bloom right now, and it's the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite flowers of the season for floral arrangements. When you think summer flowers, many people’s thoughts turn to hydrangeas, roses, or sunflowers. But while I do love those classic blooms, my favorites for arrangements might just surprise you.

Before we dive in, you might want to check out our recent blog post about tips for cutting flowers out of your garden. I know everyone's yards in my neighborhood are bursting with color and run right now, so you've probably got something pretty right in your own garden that you can use for arranging.

Now back to business! Here are my top five that made the cut: 

Dahlias: the showstopper  

I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, where dahlias are a bit fussy to grow. It’s possible, but you have to treat them as an annual or dig them up at the end of the season and store the tubers over winter, without letting them dry out....

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