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Pretty Flowers in Vases Ideas

Flower Arrangements

Fresh picked flowers in a conservatory.  The vases are old milk bottles that are tinged with blue

Fresh picked flowers in a conservatory. The vases are old milk bottles that are tinged with blue

Photo Ideas for How to Use Pretty Flowers in Vases

Your flowers in vases compositions reflect who you are in the same way that your perfume does, or how romantic, passionate, or pretty you'd like to be. It's a bit like the make up and the lipstick you chose to wear, the cards you send to friends, or the way you prepare your luggage. It's how you decorate your home. You will see in this this article lots of photos of compositions for pretty flowers in vases ideas and -

  • how to use bric a brac and different items as vases
  • how to dress a dinner table
  • do something different at Christmas
  • dress your home to personalize it to make it feel like 'you'
  • create a romantic wild flowers look in your bedroom
  • be stylish

A Decorative Vase with Camellias

Camellias in a hand  made ceramic bowl

Camellias in a hand made ceramic bowl

Decorate with Vintage Flower Pots

  • Vintage Flower Pots
    Decorative and versatile, vintage flower pots and planters are fun to collect. And they're often less expensive than their contemporary counterparts.

How to Make Pretty Flower Compositions with Vases

If you look around your house you'll surely find a few odd pieces of china or glass ware, one of a kind egg cups, for instance. Perhaps a one-of-a-kind jam pot that's lost its lid. You may even be collecting vases, pots of different kinds or ceramic containers (see the photo just above). You already could have pretty mugs or stemmed glasses, or even sets of crystal glasses (wedding gifts you rarely pull out) on your shelves. You probably have any number of pretty or interesting or weird or beautiful pieces that you could use as vases for flowers. It's time to pull them out, dust them off and fill them with flowers you pick here and there to make heavenly flower compositions more interesting and personal than any bouquet could ever be.

If you don't have any items you can use just yet, then it's time to have some fun doing something about it. It's time to get creative!

Garden Flowers

Flowers from a garden in a vase at a dinner party table

Flowers from a garden in a vase at a dinner party table

English Bone China Mugs

How to Make Vases From Thrift Shop Items

You can find all sorts of bric a brac items that are just so off-the top interesting and quirky at thrift stores or garage sales or fairs - wherever there are markets. A little old milk jug will set you back as little as ¢50. A noble pewter bowl with crest could set you back $10. No matter what color it is, or year it was made, or clay, or glazing, or crystal it may be made of, if it strikes your fancy and you can imagine a flower in it (and you have ¢50), then get it for the fun!

Below is a photo of single wild rose in an old egg cup on a linen tablecloth, which prettily describes the simplicity of a farmhouse kitchen. (Don't you think that any single flower in bloom, put casually in a simple vase on a white linen table cloth is going to describe that pretty, farmhouse kitchen look?)

Simple Flower Arrangement

A simple egg cup with a wild rose in  it.

A simple egg cup with a wild rose in it.

How to Make Flower Arrangements Reflect Your Personal Style

You can cheat if you like of course and buy a flower or two at the florists if you can't find a single bloom or bud to pick outdoors. You can look for greenery and berries and grasses and play around with your fresh and your bought stemmed flowers until they fall into some artistic harmony (if you play around with lengths and containers and bottles and berries, whatever). The great thing about pretty flowers in vases ideas that you put together is that they that are not bouquets, which somehow always look like money has been spent on them. Your compositions give the impression you went out to pick your flowers yourself.

Pretty Flowers in Vases Ideas

My sister's porcelain mug with the last of her summer flowers.

My sister's porcelain mug with the last of her summer flowers.

A sorbet glass with garden flowers in in-

A sorbet glass with garden flowers in in-

Centerpiece Vases for Special Occasions

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Beautiful, centerpiece vases will look exquisite when they haven't been filled with even-stemmed blooms. You could buy a few lilies or roses, or any big petal flower, which isn't clipped and even looking, (freesias are good for this) a few days earlier than you need them (so that they are opened and falling about a bit) and cut the stems unevenly. Mix with random greenery or not.

Below are two photographs of composition which have bought flowers in vases that look as though the flowers were picked in a garden (because they look so random in the vase).

Both compositions have important looking vases and I agree that simple flowers do look lovely in important vases - as a bride does with wild flowers.

Vases for Centerpieces

Cemterpiece vase with lilies

Cemterpiece vase with lilies

Poppies in a tall glass vase

Poppies in a tall glass vase

Christmas Flower Arrangements and Ideas

A penguin jug with a very small pot of these red Christmas flowers in it.

A penguin jug with a very small pot of these red Christmas flowers in it.

Ideas for Christmas Flower Arrangements

The tree is up, the lights, the dried fruits and nuts and gifts everywhere. Time to think about what your flower arrangements are going to be. Perhaps they don't need to be important. The tree is important. I usually make small 'fun' compositions (see the photos below) and put these little plants or flowers in vases in many different rooms in the house, including the bathroom or near the phone.

The flowering plants you see here looked pretty in the summer but in the middle of winter they die down a lot - but if you put them in a cute container or mug, or something you've found at a thrift shop, they'll be fun to have around. They've got character!

My darling egg cup with a cute cactus that's getting too fat for its vase

My darling egg cup with a cute cactus that's getting too fat for its vase

A rose patterned mug with a Christmassy leafed plant in it.

A rose patterned mug with a Christmassy leafed plant in it.

A Bric a Brac Vase with Dried Grasses

With dried summer grasses and weird flowers in it, this deco vase could have a place in the house anytime.

In summer. filled with dewy, drooping roses, it looks spectacular.

We have a song in our house that we sing a lot. Here are the words.

"Ours is a nice house, ours is

With lots of flowers in vases"

I know there's more to it, but ....we can't remember them. We just sing those!

Bric a Brac Vase

Dry summer grasses in a bric a brac vase

Dry summer grasses in a bric a brac vase

Inexpensive Flower Vases

With as little as just one flower, or one stem of greenery and with just one pretty vase of any shape, (or form) your pretty flowers in vases ideas will work. You won't need to spend much money on them to make them look random and great.

The secret lies in enjoying composing them, manipulating them until they look like a natural composition, having the confidence to be creative - perhaps childish. Flowers grow in nature in a haphazard way, in fields and on on shrubs. Greenery is even less predictable. Your ideas for flowers in vases can't go wrong!

How Romantic Are you?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Do you put a one stemmed rose in an old pot?
    • No
    • Yes
    • If the old pot is tall and pretty
  2. Do you like arragning flowers yourself?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Only when i pick them myself
  3. Do you always have flowers in vases your home?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Only on special occasions
  4. What are your favorie flowers?
    • Daisies
    • Roses
    • Seasonal flowers

Answer Key

  1. If the old pot is tall and pretty
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Seasonal flowers

© 2012 Penelope Hart


Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2014:

Such beautiful vases. I have not seen several of those stylish vases. I love having fresh flowers in my place.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on March 17, 2013:

Thanks so much for such lovely comments and beautiful vote Nyamache.

Joshua Nyamache from Kenya on March 17, 2013:

This is really beautiful. I like your pictures. I always prefer being stylish, it just makes to be unique. That why I will go ahead and make flower arrangements that will reflect my personal style. Thanks for sharing this. I have voted it beautiful.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on March 17, 2013:

How pretty to have flowers on the breakfast table - it spells love Lady Lyell. Thanks for sharing

mary615, so appreciate your votes and share. Our spring flowers are Just beginning to bloom - a promise of spring, envy your Florida flowers thru the year. Beautiful.

torrilynn, hi ands thanks for votes and comment!


torrilynn on March 16, 2013:


Thanks for the great ideas about flowers and the ways that you can arrange them very useful information

Voted up

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on March 15, 2013:

To admire your article with all the pretty pictures of flowers was the best way I could have started my day here at the tip of Africa looking out over the Indian ocean as the sun rises, thank you!

I love the simplistic arrangements you do showing that almost any vessel can serve the purpose.

I'm not gifted as you are with arrangements but do make an effort when having visitors and always have a small arrangement on the dinner table.

Just to float a single rose without the stem in a small silver bowl makes a huge impression on the dinner table I've found.

I'll look out for more of your ideas.

Now I'm off to pick some flowers for the breakfast table!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 15, 2013:

I love having fresh flowers in my house. I am blessed to live in S. Florida where we can grow flowers all year long.

Love you ideas here, Voted UP and shared.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on March 02, 2013:

I heard the first morning birdsong outside our windows this morning so we're almost there! Thanks for pretty share.

Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on March 02, 2013:

Some very good ideas! Thanks. Come on spring so I can pick flowers.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 01, 2013:

It's lot of fun making original flower compositions with any flowers and all sorts of containers indoors and out, thanks.

Glad you like the flowers Susan. Appreciate your stopping bye thank you.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 01, 2013:

Great ideas! I love to pick up odd vases and pots when I go to garage sales. I use them inside and out as fresh flower containers or plant annuals in them and place them in my flower beds. You have some beautiful arrangements here! Up and more! :)

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 01, 2013:

I really like all of your ideas and the photos are beautiful.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 01, 2013:

Bric a brac containers of any sort or shape make perfect flowers for flowers!! Somehow to my imagination they go together. It's so nice of you to stop by here and make such a lovely comment, thank you wilderness-

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on February 01, 2013:

These are gorgeous, GoodLady. We like a few flower arrangements around the house, particularly on the table, but are not good at making those arrangements. Vases are always a problem, but these suggestions will go a long way to providing solutions. I know we have some bric a brac around that could be used, it's just a matter of imagination.


Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 01, 2013:

Not long till Spring Chrissie, daisies soon. I saw some poppies today! Thanks for your comment which I do appreciate.

chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on February 01, 2013:

Seeing all these pretty flowers makes me want Spring to get here! I love all the ideas and the unique vases and pots you found!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 30, 2012:

Glad you flew by! Thanks for comments!!

DragonBallSuper on October 30, 2012:

Wow!! Up Up and away! love to look at the pictures. Amazing.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 16, 2012:

seh101. Nice to see you here and thanks for dropping by. Thrift stores can be great! Apart from fun. So many interesting containers and vases and pots and jars and glasses in them, for flowers and plants!

Sean Hemmer from Wisconsin, USA on October 15, 2012:

Great photos! I regularly check thrift stores for my plant needs. Just never know what kind of sleek or weird containers might be in thrift stores. Thanks for some new ideas! Upvote!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 13, 2012:

From Tuscany yes, Silva Hayes. Hope your daughter is enjoying her stah here; it's beautiful right now. Thank you so much for your votes.

theraggededge. So pleased you like the photos here! Thanks.

Bev G from Wales, UK on October 12, 2012:

Such simple but elegant ideas here. I love your suggestions, and the photos are lovely.

Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on October 12, 2012:

Beautiful hub; voted UP. Beautiful, inspiring, and interesting.

(By the way, I noticed you are from Tuscany. My daughter is there, right now today, on her first overseas trip...we're from Texas in the U.S.A.)

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 12, 2012:

So pleased you enjoyed the 'jewels' (agree with you, they truly are!). I just love flowers. Thanks for your lovely comment!

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on October 11, 2012:

Hi Good Lady,

Flowers are nature's jewels, and I love the way you arrange them in small containers throughout your home. What a beautiful and cheerful practice! Thank you for sharing. :)

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 11, 2012:

So great to from you again! Glad you like the photos. There is one more composition that I'll add in a few days!

Audrey Howitt from California on October 11, 2012:

These are lovely!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 10, 2012:

Thanks for stopping on your hubhopping and for your vote freecampingaussie. Appreciated. Glad you liked it.

Maybe she'll give you an hibiscus BB! Don't you have any woods nearby? You could still make compositions with funky pots and greenery, and maybe one bloom from a florists?

Pamela99. Thank you for your votes and sharing your love of flowers round the house.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 10, 2012:

I love to have flowers around the house and your vases are so pretty. You arrange them so beautifully. Voted up and beautiful.

Brainy Bunny from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2012:

I wish we had flowers growing wild where we live! As it is, I suppose I could sneak into the neighbor's yard and clip her hibiscus, but she might notice. ;-)

freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on October 10, 2012:

I was never any good at arranging flowers so I decided to have a look rather than skip your hub while hubhopping . You have some lovely arrangements here and an interesting hub, will vote you up !

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 10, 2012:

I'm sure your flowers are beautiful! how could they not be Judi?

Not all of these are my arrangements, some are Natasha. When I see a beautiful flower arrangement I have to photograph it. The zany ones are mine though! That little Christmas guy is one of my favorites. Actually there are a few more I'd like to add.

Natasha from Hawaii on October 10, 2012:

All of these are your arrangements? They're so pretty! I've never considered myself very good at arranging flowers, but I feel somewhat empowered by your creative ideas.

Judi Brown from UK on October 10, 2012:

Why do my "arrangements" never look so lovely? Beautiful, quirky and special - will try to emulate your style :)

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