How to Use a Lapel Pin Vase

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How to Use a Lapel Pin Vase
Corsages can wilt quickly without a lapel pin vase. (Jenny Acheson/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A lapel pin vase is an innovative solution to the problem of keeping a flower corsage fresh: It combines a brooch pin with a tiny flower vase. Though the basic function of this item is self-explanatory, you want to use in a way that ensures long life for your flower(s) and minimal spillage. Learn to prepare your corsage and pin vase to get a long-lasting look with minimal problems.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Vase pin
  • Flower
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Eye dropper

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  1. 1

    Insert a bamboo skewer into the pin vase. Push the tip to the bottom of the vase. Mark the skewer with a pencil line at the point where it emerges from the top of the vase. This will give you a measurement for the stem of the flower you will place in the vase.

  2. 2

    Pin the vase pin to your lapel. Position it so that the vase is straight up and down. Move your head and arms a bit to make sure you won't easily brush the pin with your movements.

  3. 3

    Place a small amount of liquid inside the base of the vase using the eye dropper. Fill the vase about 1/2 inch deep.

  4. 4

    Fill a bowl or sink basin with water. Make it deep enough that you can submerge your flower and cut the stem fully underwater.

  5. 5

    Measure the length of the flower stem against the marked bamboo skewer. Holding the stem of the flower underwater, slice the stem at an angle using a single cut.

  6. 6

    Pull the flower from the water and place in the vase immediately.

  7. 7

    Fill the vase around the flower stem using the eye dropper. Fill to about 1/3 inch from the top; leave a little space so that your movements don't cause the vase to splash.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a lapel pin vase with a fabric that won't readily show moisture if a small amount of water should splash. Dark, thickly-woven fabrics, especially wool and cotton, are better than delicate fabrics like silk.
  • If you expect to be moving around a lot and want to avoid splashing, place a small wad of cotton or paper towel inside the top of the vase, or use floral gelatin instead of water.

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