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10 Gorgeous Vases that Aren’t Really Vases

by Lauren Chorpening

Bringing home flowers is one of my favorite mental health practices. I’m a firm believer that if I have fresh flowers on my dining room table, things stay tidier longer, and I feel motivated to take care of cosmetic improvements in my house to keep the good feeling going. Luckily, my husband is skilled at buying a few bunches of stems from our local greenhouse that create unique and gorgeous arrangements. These one-of-a-kind centerpieces call for pretty vases. My favorite “vase” is actually a small gold candle hurricane. The straight sides, tarnished look and wide mouth allow me to make fuller arrangements that standard vases don’t. On Design*Sponge, we’ve seen so many interesting and unexpected vessels turned into vases in our home tours over the years. Our favorites include apothecary jars, a pitcher and a set of trophies. Flip through the gallery to be inspired by these unusual vases from around the house. –Lauren

There isn't anything more fitting than a pitcher of flowers for the breakfast nook. Sarah and Daniel's green hydrangeas make the space feel finished while the ceramic pitcher brings a classic element of the home to the modern space.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
David's grandfather left him a collection of trophies that David and Rumaan now use as a set of vases in their Brooklyn home.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
The creative director behind Restoration Hardware, Celia Tejada, uses vintage etched brass tumblers for pencil cups and floral vases in her San Francisco home office.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
A repurposed colorful tin can is a sweet vase for a few stems of eucalyptus on Betina's bedside table.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
An empty gin bottle looks curated and modern when styled as a vase on Sarah Alchmist's open kitchen shelves.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
Caroline Brewer's pretty floral arrangement looks darling in a repurposed canning jar in the bedroom of her Nashville home.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
With floral foam or a grid of floral tape, even a bowl can hold flowers. Ramin's beautiful fireplace is made even more stunning with a green ceramic bowl and brightly colored mums.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
Apothecary jars give visual height and variety to Amber and Jacob Donnes' dining room set up. Some jars are empty while others have their lids removed to hold beautiful greenery.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
This D*S DIY arrangement uses a metal box filled with a mixture of live and cut foliage and flowers.
11 Gorgeous Vases that Aren't Really Vases | Design*Sponge
Juni and Nat's colorful home is full of resourceful ideas. The centerpiece on their dining room table is made of green glass soda bottles and different colors of stock and snapdragon stems.

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  • I don’t think i even own a vase so these will definitely come in handy next time my boyfriend buys me flowers and i usually would have to steal a vase from my mum!

  • I attended a flower arrangement workshop at a local florist (lushandlovelyfloristry.com) and it had never even crossed my mind to use anything that was not a real vase as a vase until I went to their class!

    They also suggested that you want the height of the bouquet to be 1.5x the height of whatever you’re using as a vase (this of course assumes you’re not doing a tight bouquet of a single type of flower)

  • Metal tumblers and tins will rust if exposed to water repeatedly – so you may want to keep it in mind if you’re going to use something you don’t think of as disposable

    • I agree. I was going to take one of my large Olive Oil tins and turn it into a planter…and this is why I clicked onto this article…but the key thing to do is to polyurethane that sucker!

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