Floral Design forum: Vase & Container Design - What works for you?

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 15, 2010 9:33 PM CST
Here is the Vase & Container Design forum.
Name: starlight1153
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starlight1153
Feb 15, 2010 9:57 PM CST
Fantastic! I like vases to put the flowers in, but sometimes I may have flowers that are very short, looking more like a child's posey bunch, and I nevr have a vase that woud make them look good.

I have foudnthat glass baby food jars and the small individual siz e cans of pringle s make a good vase.

I have taken twine and glued it roudn and roudn the out sid eof the jar and the can and add a raffia bow and have a vase that didn't cost an arm and a leg.

I am wondering what other ideas folks may have for vases and decorating them from items around the house.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 15, 2010 10:08 PM CST
I sometimes use mugs or teacups with a small frog inside to hold the blooms in place if the mug has a large opening. I like your idea with the twine! I'm going to try that.

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 15, 2010 10:09 PM CST
Or you can get these mugs at the dollar store.

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 15, 2010 10:13 PM CST
Sometimes it works to fill the container part way up with marbels. Which you can also get at the dollar store Thumbs up Hehehehe, can you tell I love cheap ideas?

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Name: starlight1153
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starlight1153
Feb 16, 2010 6:49 AM CST
Steven.. yep I go there alot too. I also sometiems find things to us e at the thrift stores. Last tiem I went to oen thrift store found a big , mean huge bunch of artificial flowers that would look on my wreaths and got it for two bucks instea d of the 12 it normally would have cost.

That a good idea. Didn't think about that coffee cup idea. Would be good for Mother's day sales. I coudl get soem nice cups, put a frog in like ya said , fil with water, and put small arrangemtns in them.

I also take on Mother's day usually plants for the widowed Mother's who have nobody that day. Coudl giv e them a cup with flowers in it, instead of just wrapping some flowers in tissue and then wilting by the time they get home. Ya got me excited with that idea. LOL

Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Feb 16, 2010 5:25 PM CST
You could even match the colour of flower to the colour of mug. Or what is a really cool idea that I have done before is, you take a tin can, remove the label and put paint all around the mouth of the can so it runs down the sides. The put a flowering plant in the can that matches the paint colour! It looks like the colour from the flowers spilled over and ran down the sides of the can!
Name: starlight1153
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starlight1153
Feb 16, 2010 5:40 PM CST
Sweet!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic idea! Now I can bug all my friends to save their veggie and soup cans. That would be great idea for market. What kind of paint do you use?

I also take forget the name of the leaf. If coems off a shrub that grows and is very stiff and as wide as a baby food jar. One leaf will wrap around the outside of the jar and tie a piece of raffia to hold it on. Maybe the shrub name will come to me, btu lot s of wide garden leave s will work too.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Canadian Roses Seed Starter Tropicals Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Steven
Feb 16, 2010 5:50 PM CST
I just use acrylic paint in the squishy bottles. I think you can get it at the dollar store aswell! And just squish that paint around the mouth of the can. Its cheap and fun! And you can always line the can with a baggie or something to prevent any possible rust.

I don't have a pic of the can but I did it with this primrose. I used red and cream paint.

Let me know what kind of leaf it is when you think of it.

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Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
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chocolatemoose
Feb 22, 2010 11:49 PM CST
I love the mugs that look like fancy drinks! Have to remember that for a garden club meeting. Could even find a bloom (maybe a zinnia) that looks like the little umbrella that the tropical drinks have...
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
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Steven
Feb 23, 2010 12:03 PM CST
Thank-you!

Zinnias are great and they last a long time when cut! But they really guzzle the water though so you have to watch that. Can you grow Coneflowers where you are?
Name: Barbara
North Pole, Alaska
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chocolatemoose
Feb 23, 2010 12:41 PM CST
People do, I don't. I'm not much into perennials. Too impatient (hmmm...didn't I just tell you in a c-mail to be patient *Blush* ). And also since I don't have a lot of space, I like to be able to change things up every year. Perennials mean less work, but then that parcel of garden real estate is committed...

Thanks for the tip re: zinnias guzzling. I didn't know that.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Canadian Roses Seed Starter Tropicals Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Steven
Feb 23, 2010 3:31 PM CST
I grow both perennials and annuals. I like to have some of everything and be able to change it up too.
I was thinking of starting a new thread where we can show off the vases we have and talk about what sort of flowers might look good in them. It might be a fun idea!

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