Create a ‘Winter Nesting’ Centerpiece for your table or home. This nesting-vase method is a decorative and easy way to hide your floral stems when using a glass vase for a flower arrangement. Customize your arrangement with the ‘filler’ or decorative material of your choice to match your decor or tablesetting.
Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms, the first and third Mondays of the month. I’m happy to be joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and to send some blooming inspiration your way!
You’ll find my blogging friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.
If you follow my blog, you know that we’re enjoying the glow and twinkle of the lights from our Winter Nesting Tree. It’s a cheery way to transition from Christmas to winter and brighten the house during the cold, gray months of January and February. Our winter tree is decorated with snowflakes, icy branches, glittery nests, pine cones and bird ornaments, you can see it HERE.
Our common theme for this edition of Monday Morning Blooms, was using a glass vase for a flower arrangement. My favorite way to use a glass vase when arranging flowers is with a ‘nesting vase’.
To use this method, start with two vases, a smaller one to nest inside a larger one (round vases work too, they don’t have to be square). Fill the walls between your vases with your decorative material, which will conceal the flower stems. Add water and floral preservative to the inner vase, and then fill with your flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
For my ‘Winter Nesting’ themed flower arrangement, I filled the walls of my vases with birdseed. The birds will enjoy the birdseed in our feeders after the flowers are spent! Use the material of your choice to fill your vase walls to coordinate with your theme or holiday. I’ve used hosta leaves, lemon slices and different types of candy for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas, in a glass vase using this method.
I added a row of pine cones along the top of the vase for some additional filler and texture. Alstroemeria, frilly mums, and one large hydrangea add some snowy white blooms for a ‘Winter Nesting’ arrangement.
Pine cones, twigs, a nest and bird ornament provide some texture and ‘nesting’ details for a finishing touch the arrangement.
Use florist wire or hot glue to attach a floral pick to your pine cones and bird nest to add them to your arrangement.
I used the same ‘nesting vase’ method for a smaller vase. Since the vase opening was so narrow between the wall of the vases, I placed a plastic grocery bag inside the inner vase, to keep it seed-free while filling the vase.
Twigs placed in the vase among hyacinth blooms give a clip-on bird ornament a place to perch!
A winter-woodland tablecloth, provides a foundation for a winter nesting table, with pine cones, branches and scattered snowflakes.
Snow bird salad plates are layered on embossed white plates. . .
Twig flatware, pine cone napkins and napkin rings add some woodland table details.
Mercury glass votives provide some sparkle and shine on dreary winter day. Larger votives are filled with birdseed for some added nesting details.
And more birds flew down from the tree to nest at the table.
Winter Nesting Table Details:
Snow Birds Salad Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Embossed bordered plates / Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard, used here
Bird dishes / Gracie China by Coastline Imports, HomeGoods, several years ago, used here
Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here
Pine Cone Napkins / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Pine Cone Napkin Rings / HomeGoods, several years ago
Twig Flatware / Pier 1, several years ago
Square Madras Chargers / World Market
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Pam at Everyday Living
Shirley at Housepitality Designs