April 8, 2018

Use Bottles As Vases

Use Bottles As Vases
How to repurpose a bottle into being a vase

If there are times that you need more vases than you have, use bottles as vases. 
Bottles usually have thin necks and are easy to arrange flowers in. 
The BIG plus to using bottles as vases is that 
they can be very low cost or even free. 

To decorate my house for Spring this year I wanted to use lots of
flowers but I don't have an unlimited amount of vases. 
I found clear bottles that I could take the labels off of and use them as vases. 
In the photo above the two center containers are vases and the 
other containers are bottles. 

Here is my living room decorated for Spring...
Spring decorating ideas

Spring arrangements with artificial branches
On the mantel I used vases (that don't match exactly but are
 close in size and color) to hold artificial Spring branches.

Spring arrangement

I add water to the vases to advance the idea that the branches 
are real. Most of the time the branches have plastic stems. If they
are wrapped in paper, oh well, I may be painting those stems later.
Spring arrangement

The picture between the vases is made from a print with artist
gel medium applied to it to make it look like a painting. I like that
it bridges the feel of Winter (bare birch) and Spring (green grass).

The mantel has a single bookcase to the left...
artificial flowers with real greenery

bookcase shelf ideas

...and a double bookcase to the right...
Interesting bookcase arrangment

Spring vignette ideas

A trick that I like to use is to cut the (usually not real looking) greenery off  of artificial flowers and use real greenery instead.
It really helps to fool the eye of the beholder. 

On the side of the living room that the double bookcase is on
there is a sofa that sits in front of the bank of three windows.
bird stencil

Usually I make my own pillow covers to save money like these
ones with birds stenciled on them. I saw the solid colored green
pillows with beige fringe on them at a nearby "At Home" store
for only $16 recently...I thought that was a good price. 

simple coffee table arrangment
With so many flowers in the room already, I kept the frog containers on the coffee table simple with faux succulents. 

Across the room from the sofa is a cabinet that houses our radio
  and CD player. It was almost black with age at a flea market before we painted the base of it. My husband revived the wooden top. 
bottles can be used as vases

The only flowers that are real on this console are the white spirea in a re-purposed Crown Royal bottle. The flowers on each end are
in re-purposed champagne bottles.
In Spring everything is full of promise

The frames above the painted cabinet have chicken wire stapled to

 the backside. That makes it easy to change out the decor items on  the frames seasonally. Right now there are faux wooden signs there. 
Bourbon bottle as a vase

chicken wire frame

I usually don't show this angle of the living room (because who wants to look at a hulking TV cabinet) but it gives  you a better 

idea of the layout of my home. 
Benjamin Moore Georgian Green

To the left of the cabinet (where the black dinette set is) is the kitchen area. To the right of the cabinet
(where you see terracotta lamps) is the dining room area. 

Recently the dining room table utilized bottles as vases for
St. Patrick's Day decor. Sadly the spirea has withered and the
table is now being used for various craft projects. 
Use bottles as vases

The table in the kitchen, however, still has a display of a mix of
artificial and real flowers and greenery.  
bottles used as vases

Spring vase arrangement

Clear glass bottles are a good substitute for traditional glass vases 
but they can be a little harder to come by. If you don't mind painting bottles to use as vases, you don't have to be as picky.
Painted bottles are fun to use as party or wedding centerpieces. 
use bottles as centerpieces

Colored glass bottles are easier to find. Even if you don't drink
wine or beer, you might know friends or family that do and they
would probably be glad to save bottles for you. 

It is easy to soak the bottles to get the labels off. Here is a tutorial
easy way to get label off bottles

For a Mexican-themed party I helped with we spray painted the
cleaned bottles with bright colors. 
spraypaint bottles

spray painting bottles

We put colorful tissue paper flowers in the painted bottles. 
paper flowers as party decorations

If you want to, it is also easy to make the bottles two-tone colored
by using tape and paper to mask off part of the painted bottle
and spray it with a second color. 
two tones bottles

party centerpiece idea

You can also use the bottles to hold water and keep flowers and
greenery fresh for a party or wedding. These bottles are bright
colors but bottles can be made to look more elegant by painting 
them silver or gold for a more formal event. 
cheap party decoration

painted bottles as centerpieces

So the next time you need more vases than you have, think
about using bottles as vases too. 
Bottles make good vases

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