You have the Vase, heres what goes in it!
Possibly you have done some thrifting or have discovered some lost treasures in your closet and have some new to you vase finds. You're ready to hit the flower stands and become a DIY designer! Hold on - you don't know where to start! Before you have a pinterest fail, here's some simple guidelines to keep in mind when you're buying to fill those blank canvas vessels.
When working with a Bud Vase skinny stems will be your best friend! Selecting stems that are small and thin allows you to put two or three stems per vase, which can amplify the simplicity of the vase. Choose a bloom that is large and has a wow factor as this can help balance out the lack of fullness with such small vases. Working with bud vases allows you to do groupings. Whether it be just three vases clustered or 10 in a row, you have a lot of flexibility working with these little guys that can pack a punch, when in multiples.
The ever so cute Bubble Vase requires a flower that has full rounded blooms or large heads on them. You need that fullness to balance out the large roundness of the vase. Arranging one type of flower in these vases to resemble a posy arrangement is easy to achieve and even easier when the flowers are large and in charge! Hydrangea, sunflowers, peonies and gerbera are all classics for a bubble vase. Keep the flowers low and you won’t be disappointed.
Filling a Classic Cylinder using tall straight stems can help you achieve more control and more support. The possibilities are almost endless with fresh cut options, as these vases can hold almost any kind of stem. Having a very straight opening allows you to cut, fill and go! Depending on the width of the vase you may also have the opportunity to fill the ‘inside’ of the vase, without actually having flowers appear over the top.
A Fit and Flare is your ideal vase for fuller arrangements, such as, a ready made bouquet. They will also hold curved stems very well.
The ever so popular Mason Jar is making its comeback as a great vase. This particular vase adds a rustic vibe and can be treated just like a cylinder vase. The different heights and sizes a allows you to cluster them much like a bud vase. To enhance the rustic flare select flowers that resemble wildflowers which have dainty qualities. Mix and match the flowers and greens at different heights to finish the look. Baby's breath, daisies, queen anns lace and loose greenery are all great examples to get you started!
Ceramics can make great vases too! They can help bring colour to a centerpiece that perhaps you couldn't find in the flowers or has a pattern that suits perfectly to your decor. They are also good at hiding unworthy stems that might take away from the blooms. Keep in mind, that when using a ceramic for a vase that it does not become busy. Most vases are clear glass and allow all the focus to be on the flowers and blooms. Since ceramics have a much different vibe be careful not to over excite the eye and KISS (keep it simple s-------)
When selecting a Trumpet vase keep in mind these demand drama! With the wide opening stems will fall to the edges giving a much wider arrangement, which means two things, you either need lots of stems to fill the vase, or stems that have a large bloom wow factor. Lilies that open large are great stems to fill a trumpet vase with their tall elegance and buds that burst wide and full they are just the drama this vase needs. Gladiolas are another tall beauty that fill the vase with buds that open all the way up their stems. There is never a need to overcrowd the vase if the stems you have selected and the right ones.
Enjoy filing those vases, and have fun and be creative. Working with flowers it’s easy to stumble across happy accidents and hidden beauty when the product is its own art to start with!!