Ideas for large cylinder vases

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Ideas for large cylinder vases
This cylinder takes a back seat to the bold tulips inside. (tulpen in vase image by awfoto from

Cylinder vases are popular for their contemporary styling, polished look and versatility. A large cylinder can make a bold visual impact when used in home decor and the contents can easily be changed to suit any season or event. The possibilities are endless so once you get started you're sure to come up with lots of new ideas of your own.

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Large vases need something tall to balance out their height. Place a branch of curly willow in a large cylinder vase for a contemporary arrangement. You could also use pussy willow, dogwood, mountain ash, magnolia or any other tall stalklike plant or branch bearing flowers, buds or berries.


Fill the bottom of a large cylinder vase with stones, sand or glass craft stones. Place a large pillar candle on top to create an oversized votive. The pillar candle should fit easily inside the vase. Make sure it is level and won't tip over. Adding some water to the rocks in the bottom helps keep the vase cool.

Submerged Arrangements

Large cylinder vases are ideal for submerged floral arrangements. To make an elegant centrepiece, attach a fishing weight to an orchid stem with a rubber band. Put an inch or two of stones in the bottom of the vase and push the orchid stem into the rocks to hide the rubber band. Fill the vase with distilled water to within an inch of the brim and place a floating candle on top. Submerged arrangements can be done with any flower.

Holiday Decor

Try filling cylinders with seasonal items to make festive decorations. Colourful ball ornaments work well for Christmas, while coloured eggs are fun for Easter and springtime. In the fall and around Thanksgiving try miniature gourds or pine cones.

Flower Bouquets

Tall stems like gladioli, delphiniums, sunflowers and hollyhocks work well with a large vase. If your vase is also wide and you prefer to work within the scale of the cylinder, try putting a bunch of flowers inside that doesn't reach the top. A bunch of tulips in a few inches of water is both playful and graceful.


Filling a tall cylinder with limes or lemons is fresh and energetic. For autumn, press whole cloves into whole oranges to make patterns like stripes and put a group of them in a cylinder. Winter fruits like pears, persimmons, cranberries, nuts and pomegranates add a festive pop of colour to winter holiday decorating. These won't last long so they are best suited for short-term use during events, special occasions and holidays.

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