If you have been fortunate enough to receive flowers each year for Valentine's Day, your birthday or your wedding anniversary, you may have accumulated a large collection of vases. If you are not the regular recipient of flowers, you might want to hit a few yard sales to see if you can find some of these inexpensive containers. Filling a vase with water and flowers is only one of the many ways you can use the versatile vessels.
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Layer different types of dried beans and legumes, such as split peas, black beans, yellow lentils and red beans, in a clear vase. Use it as a decorative item on the kitchen counter. For a similar effect, use different shapes and colours of pasta.
Fill a slim-neck vase with feathers you find while out walking. Or fill a wider vase with bits of moss, cones and other natural dried treasures you find. Poke feathers into potpourri for an organic centrepiece.
Place a candle in the centre of a short, wide vase; fill the empty space with coffee beans for an aromatic candleholder. Tie a decorative ribbon around the vase for an extra touch. Try the same technique with polished stones or other nonflammable items.
Make a matching set of book holders by filling two clear vases with stones or sand topped off with a few of your favourite seashells.
Snip the heads from enough fresh flowers to completely fill a glass vase. Use bold coloured flowers, or go monochromatic with all white for an elegant look. The arrangement won't last long without water, but it will make a strong decorative statement for a dinner party.
Float a single blossom in an oversized vase filled with water. Or skip the flower all together; add a drop of food colouring to the water for a simple decoration in a clear vase.
Set an odd number of identical vases on the table. Fill them with candy for a whimsical centrepiece. Colourful jelly beans, peppermints and foil-covered chocolates are a few tasty choices.
Make a seasonal decoration or centrepiece by filling a vase with coloured eggs, fruit, candy corn, cranberries or Christmas ornaments. Dress up your vase with a length of coordinating ribbon or bow.
Collect all the unused keys in your house; fill a small vase with them. Place it on your coffee table for a one-of-a-kind conversation piece. Vintage marbles, old coins or bits of broken or mismatched vintage jewellery also would be attractive.
Turn a tall, clear vase upside down to use it like a bell jar over a collectable item you want to showcase, such as an antique doll or toy.
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