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How to Make Decorative Vases | Easy Decorations with Vase Filler

Updated on July 25, 2013

By Natasha Hoover


Using Vase Filler to Create Inexpensive Seasonal Decorations

Who else has boxes of seasonal decorations that are used, at most, one month out of the year?

If you would love to clear out some clutter, but also love decorating for the different holidays and seasons, consider trying this inexpensive, easy way to use vase filler to create in-season decorations. The resulting decorative vase can be used with live or artificial flowers, and the vase filler doesn't even need to be waterproof! You could even use your favorite wrapping paper scraps or pieces of ribbon as vase filler without damaging them. Because this project is so easy, you can quickly create new decorative vases in just a few minutes, enabling you to use the same pair of vases throughout the year to create easy, inexpensive seasonal decorations.

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How to Choose Vases

First, pick your larger vase or container. This container may be decorative and in no way waterproof - it does not matter. Ideally, the inner vase should be the same height as the outer vase. If your smaller vase is slightly too short, place a layer of filler on the bottom of the larger vase before inserting the smaller vase. If the inner vase is too tall, it sticks out of the top and ruins the arrangement's continuity. If it is too short, filler can fall down inside the inner vase.

To give your flowers the most water possible, and to decrease the amount of filler needed, chose the widest vase that could reasonably fit inside the outer vase with room left for filler. You do not want the two vases touching or you cannot use any filler. Avoid using a tiny inner vase or your floral arrangement will look out of proportion to the decorative vase.

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Fill the vase gradually
Fill the vase gradually
Fill the vase gradually | Source

Vase Filler Ideas

How to Use Vase Filler

After nesting the two vases, you are ready to begin inserting your chosen vase filler. I used candy corn for a fun fall feel in the photos to the right, but I've also made decorative vases with eabch glass in the past. This project is very versatile and inexpensive way to decorate for holidays because you can use anything as your filler. Simply reuse the same vases but choose a seasonally-appropriate filler like seasonal candy, fruits, shells, or anything else. You can turn basically anything into vase filler when it doesn't get wet!

If you use rocks, glass, or something similar, it is tempting to simply dump the filler in the outer vase and hurry out for some flowers. This does not work. Quickly pouring these items can, and will, cause a jam at a narrow point in the vase. If a jam does not occur, the larger vase can still fill unevenly, forcing the smaller vase out of the center or causing it to lean. It takes more time, but it is important to drop individual rocks, bits of glass, etc. into the outer vase. By doing this, you can ensure an even fill and a straight, centered outer vase. when using beach glass, I sort through it and remove extra-large chunks that could get stuck or cause problems.

If you use filler like fruit, shells, or other large objects, you should carefully place each item to ensure a pretty, orderly arrangement. To maintain the appearance that the flowers are really in the decorative filler, arrange the items to minimize illusion-shattering gaps that allow the inner vase to show through.

Easy seasonal decorative vase
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Arrange your Flowers

After placing your filler, all that remains is (carefully) adding water and flowers to the inner vase. Whenever you need to replace the flowers and water, carefully hold the filer in place and pour out the inner vase's water. Depending on the size of your chosen vase filler, you may be able to hold it in place with your hand. You can also use a piece of cardboard or plastic to hold some of the filler in place while pouring out the water. In a worst-case scenario, you can simply remove the inner vase to refresh the flowers and water, remove the filler from the outer vase, and start the process over again.

And there you have it! In just a few simple steps, you can fulfill your desires for a decorative vase and a real floral arrangement! Seasonal candies, like candy corn, peppermints, or jellybeans can all become unique vase filler. Other objects, like sliced fruit or vegetables, are also possible. Season after season, you can use the same pair of vases to create endless in-season decorations - what could be better than that?


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    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Yep! You can do this with pretty much anything! Even stuff like fresh slices of fruit. Thanks for stopping in!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      A great idea! And it should stabilize the vase better too so the bouquet won't be top heavy. There are lots of things one can use for filler depending on the season. Love it!

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm not sure why it took me years to figure out, but it's a pretty cool trick!

      Thanks for stopping by and voting =)

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      This is really neat! I had never thought about using a smaller vase inside a larger one to help keep fresh flowers and still use filler :) With all the different things that can be used for filler, the creative possibilities are endless. Thank you for sharing this! Great hub, voting up :)

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      lol ^_^ Those disappear fast in my house too ^_^

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Hahahaha. What do you think happened to the rest of the bag?

      Thanks for stopping by and pinning it!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      A vase in a vase... I would have never thought!! What a wonderful idea ^_^ I love the one pictured! Although I would be tempted to eat them all! Voting up and pinning

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you! I love fresh flowers, but the same old vase time after time gets boring. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a good idea and one that is simple to duplicate. I do like fresh flowers on occasion and need a new idea in displaying them. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks, especially for the share!

    • jellygator profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Such a simple and easy idea, but I never would have thought of it. Great hub! Voted up and shared.

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the helpful ideas Natashalh! take care, Kelley

    • Natashalh profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks! Yes, you can just use rocks, but they tend to get kind of gross after a while. I think the extra effort is worth having nice-looking, clean filler all the time.

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • dragonflyfla profile image


      6 years ago from South Florida

      That is a cool idea. I have used the glass rocks before but not a vase within a vase!


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