A beautiful bouquet of flowers warrants an equally stylish container. But don’t limit yourself to vases. There are a handful of everyday home items that can do double-duty as pretty flower vessels. In-house stylist Meghan Guthrie shows us her three favorite ideas for unexpected containers for flowers.
AN EMPTY CANDLE JAR
“Candle jars are so common and perfect substitutes for vases,” says Meghan. “But most people end up just tossing them once the candle burns out.” The key is cleaning out the wax, which is quite simple. “Just pop the burnt candle in the microwave and liquefy the remaining wax. Then pour it out, and clean the jar with a degreaser like detergent, Goo Gone, or alcohol.” After that, simply fill the jar with water and cut the stems to your desired height. “This will look good with any flower,” says Meghan, who reused a slender jar for a vibrant bouquet of pink anemones.
Tip: Cut the stems so that the blooms are 2″-3″ above the rim of the glass, which will make the flowers look tall and stand out.
A COCKTAIL SHAKER
“I think the shiny metal is a nice break from your usual glass vase,” says Meghan. The trick here is keeping the stems of the flowers in place. “Take off the lid, and fill the shaker with water. Then create a grid across the top of the shaker using Scotch tape or floral tape—two or three strips horizontally and likewise vertically depending on the size of your shaker. This will hold the stems in place.” Finally, place each stem in the openings created by the tape, starting in the center and working your way outward.
Tip: Meghan used wild poppies, ranunculus, and geraniums, but “any flower with a medium or large head will be great,” she says. Think: daisies, tulips, anemones.
A STANDARD BOWL
For a versatile vessel that can easily pinch-hit as a pretty centerpiece, Meghan suggests a patterned bowl. “It’s important to make sure that the bouquet looks round and full in the bowl,” says Meghan. “Hold the bouquet in your hand, and tie the stems together with waterproof floral tape 2″ below the flower heads. Then cut the stems 2″ below the tape. Let the stems fan out like a stalk of wheat, and place the bouquet in the bowl to check for size.” You should not see any stems coming out of the bowl; if you do, cut them shorter until you see only flowers.
Tip: “Pick flowers that have strong stems, so that they stand up on their own inside the bowl,” says Meghan. She used carnations, “since they have sturdy stems and last forever,” but also consider tulips and roses.