How to Give Flowers Height in a Tall Vase

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How to Give Flowers Height in a Tall Vase
A floral arrangement adds height for an elegant table setting. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Tall vases and fresh or silk flower arrangements help break up the open space in a room or tent with a high ceiling. A tall vase adds an elegant look to any table at a dinner party, banquet or wedding reception while allowing guests to have an open view of the room. The large, tall vase can make flowers look small with the overwhelming height. Learn to give the flowers height and presence in a tall vase for any occasion.

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Things you need

  • Vase filler
  • Floral foam container
  • Knife
  • Floral foam
  • Waterproof floral adhesive tape

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  1. 1

    Fill half of a tall vase with fillers such as glass marbles, sea glass, stones or fruit. For a less expensive alternative, fill the vase with tree twigs or greenery from the flowers.

  2. 2

    Insert long stemmed flowers into the vase filler. The filler will give the flower stems a height that reaches several inches above the top of the vase. Criss-cross the first stems to build up a foundation for the next series of stems to have additional height when placed into the arrangement. Add water.

    How to Give Flowers Height in a Tall Vase
    A solid, heavy bottom vase is best for tall flowers. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)
  3. 3

    Cut a piece of floral foam with a knife and insert it into a light weight floral foam container for tower vases as an alternative to fillers. Soak the foam with water in a container of water before placing it into the container.

  4. 4

    Set the container into the neck of a wide-mouth vase. If the container rim is flush with the top of the vase, secure it with waterproof adhesive floral tape. Tape across the container and at least 2 inches down the sides of the neck of the vase.

  5. 5

    Arrange the flowers in the floral foam. Step back and look at the arrangement as you work on it to be sure that it is attractive from all sides. Determine how it will look from the angle of a guest looking up at it while seated at a table.

Tips and warnings

  • Tall vases must have a heavy bottom or filler to keep them from tipping over and spilling water onto the display surface, guests' clothing and the floor.

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