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How to Use a Lapel Pin Vase

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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

  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.

  8. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

  • Vase pin
  • Flower
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Eye dropper

About the Author

Lauren Vork has been a writer for 20 years, writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in "The Lovelorn" online magazine and Vork holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from St. Olaf College.

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