Thinking Outside the Vase: Creative Containers for Flowers


I so enjoyed reading everyone’s comments on the most beautiful places and gardens on my Flower Therapy post! I have so places on my ‘to visit’ list now including Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Keukenhof Gardens in Holland and Lauritzen Gardens in Nebraska. It’s been years since I visited Biltmore Gardens which is only a few hours away, so I hope to see spring in bloom in Asheville since it made so many ‘favorites’ lists!


Judging from all the comments, everyone is in need of some flower therapy in January! I’m sharing some ways to ‘think outside the vase’ with creative containers to enjoy flowers. Click on the links highlighted in green if you’d like more details or to visit the complete post.

Tea Kettle Garden Bouquet

 A vintage enamel tea kettle can make a charming container to fill with garden flowers.

 Spring in a Drawer!

Repurpose a drawer as a planter for spring with bulbs, eggs, moss and bunny!

Vintage Picnic Basket Planter

A vintage metal picnic basket is repurposed as a planter, lined with plastic and filled with pots of bulbs. Spanish moss provides some filler, along with a bird’s nest and some speckled faux eggs.

Create an Easy Blooming Centerpiece for Easter

If spring had a smell, it would be hyacinths! This easy blooming centerpiece uses pots of bulbs from the garden center that can be planted in the garden after the blooms fade.

Cabbage Floral Centerpiece DIY

Use a cabbage as a vase to serve up flowers for a centerpiece for St. Patrick’s Day

Vintage Tea Party

A watering can makes an appropriate vase for flowers for a garden party

 Flower Arranging Hack using something you usually throw away!

Jars are a favorite way to enjoy a bouquet of flowers from the garden or grocery store. Recycle those plastic netting bags that produce comes in for easy flower arranging.

Easy Garden Flower Arranging Method

An enamel bucket can lend a cottage or farmhouse touch to the porch with an easy method for arranging flowers and greenery from the garden, using a wide mouth vase or smaller bucket nested inside a larger one.


Last but not least, fill your wellies or rain boots with plastic cups to hold garden or grocery store flowers.

DIY Garden Hose Wreath with Blooming Wellies

Note: Yes, that’s  wellie pair #3. It’s all about the shoes even if you’re in the garden  


The winners of my Flower Therapy Giveaway are Rita C, Sandi Magle, Susie and Donna C.

I’ll be in touch with you be email and get your goodies to you!

How to be a Wildflower: A Field Guide by Katie Daisy is available from Amazon

Threshold Apple Blossom Garden Gloves and Boots from Target


Always maintain a kind of summer even in the middle of winter.


“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

~ Luther Burbank


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  53 comments for “Thinking Outside the Vase: Creative Containers for Flowers

  1. Linda L
    January 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Beautiful post. Any flower arrangement you do is always spot on. I used many of your clever flower container ideas. Thanks!

    • January 27, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Thank you Linda! 💐🌼🌹🌻🌞

  2. Granny Gay
    January 27, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Your cheery post this morning renews my hope that another spring is coming…one day. The frigid weather down here wiped out many of my plants ….as I am sure it did in other places. Looking forward to discovering totally new growth on those plants. Beautiful pictures of some of your fun creations of the past…love those rain boots! I, too, use bouquets from the grocery store. Have a great day! :)

    • January 27, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Thank you Granny Gay! I lost a large butterfly bush that I thought was impossible to kill that I’ll have to replace this spring. I need to look around and see what else didn’t make it once spring arrives. Enjoy your weekend 🌸🌼🌷💐🌞

  3. Karenann
    January 27, 2018 at 8:37 am

    I just love all your gorgeous floral arrangements! The colors and flowers you choose are always so beautiful!

    • January 27, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Thank you Karenanne! Happy Weekend 💐🌷🌹🌻🌸

  4. January 27, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Mary, congrats to your winners! Beautiful flower therapy on this gloomy sky weather with rain on its way. You always are thinking outside the vase, and these examples are fabulous! Happy Saturday!

    • January 27, 2018 at 9:30 am

      It’s dreary here too this weekend Pam. Happy Saturday!💐🌹🌼🌸🌻

  5. Catherine LUXEREAU
    January 27, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Bonjour, Félicitations pour tous ces merveilleux bouquets ou compositions florales….Quelle imagination et c’est franchement charmant et ravissant ! Cela fait du bien aux yeux….et au moral ! J’aime tout partiulièrement les bottes fleuries ‘elles sont très belles) et également le petit lapin vert…

    Bravo !

    • January 27, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Merci pour vos commentaires et visites Catherine! J’espère que vous profitez d’un peu de soleil et de la floraison où vous êtes. ♥

      • Catherine LUXEREAU
        January 28, 2018 at 6:33 am

        Bonjour Mary,

        J’habite en lisière de foret à 40 kilomètres de Paris et pas très loin non plus de Versailles avec son magnifique château (c’est très beau) dans les yvelines, couleurs magnifiques en automne comme j’aime)… le temps en ce moment est très très humide et très gris aussi (beaucoup de gens malades !!)…Alors j’ai hâte que le printemps revienne avec ses jolies couleurs. Mais votre blog m’offre aussi une jolie perspective du printemps et des fleurs à venir…Merci de partager cela avec moi et toutes les autres personnes…

        Bonne journée et aussi bonne continuation Mary !


  6. RS
    January 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

    This really brightens my day!

    • January 28, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Thank you RS! ♥

  7. Norma Rolader
    January 27, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Oh my I love love each of these floral arrangements!!! I want to say congratulations to each of the winners

  8. Roxanne
    January 27, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Joyous color on such a gloomy day here in Upstate SC. Here is another garden close by to add to your list…Gibbs Gardens in Gainesville, GA. ONE man had a vision to develop 300 acres and opened it to the public. It is incredible. We went in summer when the day lilies, hydrangeas, etc were blooming. But the staff told us to visit in the fall also because they have the largest collection of sugar maples in the US. Check out

    • January 27, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thank you for the link Roxanne! I’ll have to add it to my list. Happy Weekend 🌸🌼🌷💐🌻

  9. Lyn
    January 27, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I have an adorable wood antique box that has been sitting in my pantry – lots of ideas here for that. Love the grocery store netting idea for my collection of glass canning jars. Beautiful.

  10. Margie Ayers
    January 27, 2018 at 10:24 am


  11. Betsy
    January 27, 2018 at 10:44 am

    This is what I love about your blog! A while ago I was trying to think of something new to do for my car-loving husband at Christmas (that involves no work on his end) and you showed us the car table scape. Perfection!…and car ornament shopping has begun in preparation for Christmas 2018. Yesterday I was walking with colleagues at lunch and we were discussing the dilemma of receiving flowers at work and the difficulty of transporting them home, with the common theme being the large vases are problematic. I often take something small from my garden in to colleagues at work, and a the Ball jar with netting is the perfect solution! Even better, this helps to create the perfect size arrangement for a desk, and who doesn’t want to have fresh flowers at work?

    As always….great timing, Mary!

    P.S. Shopping with my daughter last night and we had a long discussion about the need for (you guessed it)…more Wellies!

    • January 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Hi Betsy, Thank you for your sweet comment and visits! I’m happy to know you’ve been bitten by the car bug too. ;) Wishing your many happy miles in your collecting and with wellie additions too. ♥

  12. January 27, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I love the plastic netting as a quick flower frog Mary! Great idea:@)

  13. franki
    January 27, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Just love these creative “boxes!!” I’m looking for “teacups” right now to put a tiny orchid plant…see, one should ALWAYS pick up something like that at thrift shops or those little metal tins or….franki

    • January 27, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Hi Franki, I find beautiful teacups at HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx for $3.99. Happy Hunting!🍮🌸 🌷

  14. Cyndi Raines
    January 27, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I feel like I have just received a lovely bouquet from you with all the pretty flower pictures! Love all the creative ideas, fun to look back and think ahead of the joy this spring will offer. Special thanks to Roxanne for that wonderful link, those gardens of daffodils make my heart sing for joy. Will add to my bucket list also. Congrats to all the winners! Thanks Mary.

    • January 27, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Thank you Cyndi! Enjoy your weekend 💐🌸🌷🌻🌞

  15. Debbie
    January 27, 2018 at 11:10 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for the therapy.

  16. Virginia
    January 27, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Good Morning Mary, thank you so much for brightening our day with such beautiful flower arrangements. I have used your netting method several times and it goes so much quicker than crisscrossing floral tape over the top of a container. Congratulations to the winner of your giveaway I know they will be thrilled with their gifts as I am with the In Style Party Book. Plan to head to Target next week and look for the gardening boots they just scream spring. I too thought my butterfly bush was a goner several years ago due to an ice storm. I cut it back to the ground and to my surprise it popped back up that spring. Good luck with yours.

    • January 27, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Hi Virginia, I hope that’s the case but I think it gave up the ghost this fall. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Happy Weekend to you! 💐🌷🌼🌸🌞

  17. January 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Well, I missed your post on Gardens to go to but would have certainly said Longwood Gardens as it is 15 minutes from us! We are so fortunate to be able to go any time we want. Loved this post with all your beautiful arrangements. Every one you do is gorgeous. I have been at the hospital all week but brought Joe home yesterday so am a happy girl! I am totally amazed at how quickly he is recovering! Enjoy your weekend!

    • January 27, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Hi Pinky, I’m so glad his surgery went well and he is home. ♥

  18. Nonie
    January 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Oh Mary, Thank you so much for your beautiful blog. I did enter your give away, but didn’t need to because every new post you write I feel like a winner. I wish I could let you know how much your gardening and writing have meant to me. We had to down size because of hubby’s health and I don’t mean a step down, I mean we went full hog and got a manufactured home and put it in a park. I have had a hard time adjusting to all of this. You have given me so much joy, I have a little spot to garden and am planning on filling every inch with flowers. I want butterflies and humming birds but most of all I want joy. So thank you from the bottom of my heart, I now can look forward to this spring and bringing life to my little yard.

    • January 27, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Nonie, Thank you so much for your sweet comment and visits! I hope your new home is blooming and buzzing with flowers, bees and butterflies this spring! ♥

    • Donna C
      February 16, 2018 at 6:42 am

      I love this! Every post does make us feel like winners because every post is gorgeous and touches me.

      • February 16, 2018 at 9:15 am

        Hi Donna, I’ve trying to contact you, I’m guessing my emails are going to your spam folder since they haven’t bounced back. If you get this, you can find my email address at the bottom of my About Me page and send me your mailing address:

  19. Kim E
    January 27, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    thanks Mary, for the great pictures of oh so needed flowers….I’ve been hanging on to the snowflakes and snowmen in hopes I would do hearts for Valentine’s day. I normally go from winter to spring and the flowers, and now I definitely know I need to bring out the fake flowers and get a sprinkling of real ones here and there to brighten up the grey days of winter in NE Pa….keep the great posts coming. Truly enjoy when I see you are in my inbox.

    • January 28, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Hi Kim, it’s cold and rainy here this weekend. Thank you for your visits and comments 🌺💐🌱🌼🌿🌷

  20. January 28, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Congratulations to the winners!! I’m jealous..I wanted that beautiful book and subscription but..I guess I’ll have to find and buy..your floral arrangements are inspiring..thank you for sharing and we need something pretty to look like these dreary it all!! ❤️🌿🌾💐🥀🌹🌺🌸🌼🌻☀️

  21. January 28, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you for bringing some much needed spring into my day Mary! My favorite is the Spring in a Drawer, I just love that one! Congrats to the winners {I know Rita C will be thrilled!}

  22. Rita C.
    January 28, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Mary, thank you so much for the giveaway. I am thrilled to be one of the recipients! This weekend was a nice change in temps, even with a little rain last night. still a good weekend. I’m beginning to see a few daffs starting to poke through the ground, along with my pansies bouncing back from the frigid days at the beginning of the month. It won’t be long now…….:)

  23. Paula
    January 28, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    All the flowers are so pretty , 50 days until Spring !!!
    I always love going to the Biltmore, the gardens are beautiful,and you must stay at the Inn !!!
    Have a super week,

  24. momsheeds
    January 29, 2018 at 12:19 am

    All I can say is Spring Fever!!! Your blogs keep me going!

  25. Brenda
    January 29, 2018 at 9:42 am

    LOVE the flower therapy! Thank you!

  26. January 29, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Love all your recipes and decorating tips….I need help with a Derby Day table decoration and food in May. Any suggestions.

  27. January 30, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Mary, your posts are always so delightful. This one reminds me of my days doing arrangements for a antiques/craft store where I filled anything that didn’t walk away with flowers.

  28. Susan
    February 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    All your posts are a treat for the eye. Thank you!
    I’ve been researching on how to start a decorating blog and I’m a tad overwhelmed. Do you have any helpful hints for a beginner?

  29. February 12, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Beatiful post! The flower arrangements look quite fresh in those creative containers. I loved the drawer arrangement and surely will make one for Easter. I love using fresh flowers to add some new color at home and your post gave me some lovely ideas. Greets!

  30. Donna C
    February 16, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I think I won!!! I’m Donna C! Was it me? I haven’t heard from you so I’m not sure. I would be so delighted if it is me! Thank you!!!!

    • February 16, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Hi Donna, I sent you two emails to congratulate you and ask for your mailing address. They must have landed in your spam folder? I’m thinking this response will too, I don’t know how to reach you any other way.

      Jan 26
      to donnabcohen
      Hi Donna, You won the garden gloves & seeds from my giveaway! I’m posting the winners on Saturday.

      Please let me know your shipping address!

      Thank you for all your visits & comments!

      Mary ♥

  31. February 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Fabulous posts. I love your creative containers. SWOON!

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