Household Items for Cut Flowers
What to use when you have no vase for your cut flowers? Here are some household ideas.
Wine Bottle: A wine bottle is a great use for cut flowers. The opening of the bottle is small therefore a stem or two is all you need. Simply clean out the bottle, add lukewarm water, homemade flower food (recipe below) and add flowers. If you desire go the extra step and decorated with ribbon, twine or add a strip of chalk paint to personalize your bottle. A personalized wine bottle is great for a table centerpiece for wedding’s and anniversary parties. The best flower to use is one that is a single large bloom like a tulip, gerbera daisy or sunflower.
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Rubber Boots: I love this idea, especially today you can find ones with pretty floral prints or children’s boots have lady bugs and garden prints on them. Start by lining the boot with a plastic liner (one’s that you may find in a potted plant) this will help give the boot more stability. Add lukewarm water, homemade flower food (recipe below) and flowers. Rubber boots have a medium size opening therefore you will want to use a mid size bouquet. If some flowers sag try inserting the stem in a large drinking straw that will help the flowers stay standing.
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Glass Jar: Whether you use a mason jar or an empty jar of pickles, any glass jar will do the trick, check your recycle bin you are sure to find some kind of glass jar. Ensure your jar is well cleaned and the flowers are cut appropriate to the size of the jar that will create a more appealing shape to your bouquet. A great way to decorate a clear jar is putting rocks to the bottom or adding sliced lemon or lime. The citrus will help the water move up the stem and possibly increase the longevity of your flowers.
Paint Can: If you have old paint cans lying around the house do not throw them out. It can be used for a great afternoon of crafts with the kids. The smaller cans are best for cut flowers and the larger cans work best for potted plants. Ensure you safely discard any remaining paint, clean the can as best as possible then add a plastic liner in the inside. Once it is decorated, visit your local flower shop and enjoy selecting beautiful cut flowers for your newly decorated paint can.
Watering Can: A watering can will work just as well as any vase. I love the variety of sizes and colours, even an old tin watering can will give it a nice rustic style. No need to use a plastic liner, simply clean, add lukewarm water and homemade flower food. Ensure you do not over fill the pitcher; you want to give your flowers room to blossom.
Tea Pot: Add lukewarm water and flower food to a clean tea pot and use accordingly. Any flower bouquet will work; simply cut the stems matching the size of the tea pot and voila a place for your cut flowers. This can also make for a great hostess gift.
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Easy flower food recipe you can make at home:
• One teaspoon of sugar (provides nutrients)
• One teaspoon of bleach (Prevents bacterial growth)
• 2 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice (aids the water to move up the stem)
Add to lukewarm water