Have you wanted to use vintage containers as floral vases? I am showing you 6 different containers you can use for your flower arrangements.
As an antiques dealer, I am always stumbling upon some beautiful and unique floral containers. After speaking with my friends and family, many of them never thought about using these containers as floral vases. They typically reach for their tried and true white pitcher or glass bud vase for their flower arrangements. (Not that there’s anything wrong with using the tried and true containers! ) However, if you feel like expanding your creative boundaries, and finding different way to use vintage containers then here are 6 examples of flower arrangements in some of my favorite vessels.
6 Vintage Containers as Floral Vases
Where to get vintage containers
These unique containers are part of my personal collection and are items I have found over the years at various vintage markets and shows. Where possible, I have provided links to similar vintage containers sold online. However, you can get most of these unique containers from a thrift store, antique market or even yard sale. It’s fun to amass a collection over time.
Where to get flowers
I purchased a bunch of fresh flowers, shown in the photos, from the local grocery store and Trader Joe’s. I also went into my yard to gather some small clippings of ferns, branches and hosta leaves. The whole idea behind this post is that you can re-create these same floral designs in your own home. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.
1. Cast Iron Urns
While cast iron urns are frequently used outside in the garden – they are seldom used inside a home as a floral container. I usually put a glass jar or plastic liner inside the cast iron urns, filled with water, for the flowers. Cast iron urns create beautiful floral arrangements in an entryway or on a sideboard. These are my favorite vintage vessels to use for flowers.
Just a quick note, cast iron urns can be heavy! So, make sure you are placing them on a stable surface.
2. Architectural Salvage
I love finding sections of old columns or any architectural salvage with a hollow center. Applying the same principle as above, I simply add a jar with water for the flowers.
Architectural salvage floral arrangements look lovely on a dining table. This is especially true if you have a small collection with 3 or 4 pieces. These can be very pretty when incorporated into wedding decorations.
3. Old Tins
Normally, it’s fairly easy to find old coffee and tobacco tins. I am always on the lookout for old candy tins, cookie tins or unusual tins with pretty colors. Again, because these older tins can be fragile, I usually place a jar on the interior.
If you find a tin that has the bottom rusted through, then simply put a plate underneath the entire arrangement.
4. Trophy Cups
People always ask me what I plan to do with the old trophies I collect and usually my response is – use them for flowers. If you don’t have old trophy cups, then there are plenty of metal vases that simulate a trophy cup form.
Given the shape of these containers, sometimes I add a small bowl with water instead of a jar. Evaluate the size and shape of the container to determine what works best for you.
5. Flour or Sugar Canisters
There are a wide variety of old canisters that can be found in vintage and antique markets. It’s always fun to repurpose these canisters as flower vases. I tend to use the Flour or Sugar canisters because they are the largest. However, you could easily create a quaint arrangement in a small canister for tea or spices. The one shown in the photo is from England, is enamelware and is fairly large.
If you want to repurpose an old flour or sugar canister for a flower arrangement, just be sure the bottom of the canister is solid. As with the other containers, I simply put a glass insert (a jar) or plastic liner inside the canister and then add the flowers.
6. Old Bottles
This is my favorite way to create a floral display. It’s easy, fast and doesn’t require much thought or planning. Put a collection of old bottles together and then fill them with cut flowers. This works best for delicate flowers with small stems such as daisies or cosmos.
When purchasing old bottles, look closely to be sure they aren’t cracked.
In addition to those containers shown above, here are some additional vintage containers you can use for your floral arrangements:
- Vintage coffee pot – especially those made of enamelware
- Amber bottles – perfect for fall arrangements
- Old Mason jar
- Vintage pottery
- Baskets – again with glass inserts for flowers
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you found some inspiration and will look around your home for some vintage containers that can be used as floral vases.
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