How to Fill Vases

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How to Fill Vases
A clear vase has many uses. (vase image by Janet Wall from

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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  9. 9

    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.

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    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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