Saturday

DIYP #4- An Instant Vase


I love magazines.  I always have a giant pile next to my bed that I'm making my way through.

Some of my best DIY projects are things I've seen in decor magazines.  I tear out my favorite pages and stick it into a folder for inspiration later.

And you've been wondering who tore out magazine pages in the dentist's office? 

[sheepish wave in progress]

I saw this idea in the latest Better Homes & Gardens "100 Decorating Ideas for Under $100" Issue.

It's by far one of my favorite quarterly publications.  

I love fresh flowers.  I wish I could have a gorgeous vase full in every room.  All the time.

But I'm not THAT family, unfortunately. 

Every once in a while, my hubby brings home flowers.  *Hint, Hint*

And after holidays, like Valentine's and Mother's Day, I buy the half price bundles.  But most of my fresh flowers come from my flower beds or when my kids bring me weeds flowers with the stems wrapped in wet paper towels.

Now, here's what I do with them thanks to this great idea: I gather an empty toothbrush holder, a salt shaker or a cheese sprinkler.  


I can stick loose stems in the tiny holes.  These are perfect holders for little weeds or the fragrant Gardenias from my yard.

I just fell in love with this idea because I have these little containers on hand and they look so nice in the bathrooms and entryway.

So, go, pick a flower and grab an instant vase.




It's sure to brighten your day!



32 comments:

Lilypad Mom said...

I love this idea! LP is always picking me little wildflowers that are too small for any of our vases, but I hate to just toss them. I know I have an extra salt shaker around, I'm going to find it for my next bouquet!

World's Greatest Mommy said...

This is so sweet! And perfect for all the little wildflowers my kids are always bringing to me!

buffi said...

This is fantastic! Finally a way to accomodate the "bouquets" I receive from my sweet boys nearly daily!

Kelsey said...

Oh what a cute cute idea!

Lisa J said...

I think this is one of the best ideas I have seen. I really love this. I love flowers, I always have these little things on hand and they look GREAT! Thanks for sharing.

Valarie said...

I would have never thought of that!! That is such an awesome idea!! Just think of all the cute little salt shakers you can get at yard sales. :)

Kisha said...

now that is a cute idea.

Kendrawolf said...

What a WONDERFUL idea! I can't wait to try it!

Tracey said...

Lovely idea.

But that flyswatter incident... Oh my. I am peeing over that whole "Die fly, I don't care if you have a family..." comment.

Crayl said...

Smart, and I have that issue of BHG too...I will have to go read it, sigh, someday soon...

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

That's so cute! What a neat idea - never thought of that.

JanMary said...

Great idea - super easy, super cheap and super, super cute.

Thanks :)

Jenn said...

Love this idea! I have had an empty cheese shaker sitting on the top of my stove, wondering what I could use it for! Now I know! Thanks!

Merrianne & Spencer said...

What a Great little Crafty Idea! I love it!!! :) Thanks for sharing it!

Happy Mommy said...

Another great idea! I am still trying to figure out which room I want painted in stripes! Now I need to find, oh 14 salt shakers...

Kristi said...

GREAT IDEA! Thanks for sharing. We have a Costco business nearby and I think I can score those for 50 cents. :D

Memarie Lane said...

Now that is a great idea. At this very moment I have an (apparently non edible) rose bouquet in a water glass by my laptop.

Mom of TWO Princesses said...

What a neat idea! Thank you for the tip!

bunchofbull-ers! said...

Great idea! I love being able to nicely display the weeds/flowers from my lil' muffins! ;O)

The Fritz Facts said...

Such a great idea! Dollar store here I come! Thanks for another great idea!

nottryingforaboy said...

Great idea! Our dandelions are all gone now so the girls haven't picked anything for me recently, but I'll be prepared next year!

Tausha said...

Great idea! LOve love love it! I am going to copy. I like you, love flowers, but I live in one those houses also! I do have a great rose garden just starting to bloom. I will have to send my hubby out! Another great magazine-Real Simple-
they have 100 great little tips this month. They are awesome and i Have already used about 5 and i read the article two days ago!!

Our Crooked Tree said...

Cute idea; I wish I had thought of it myself (I will take credit for anyone that asks) ☺

THopgood said...

Oh how clever is that!?

Julie Stiles Mills said...

Great idea! Sometimes I get flowers with no stems at all, so I just float them in a bowl. Pansies are really pretty displayed that way.

Jai said...

Love, love, love!!!!!!

Heading off to find some weeds, I mean flowers ..

THANKS!

blessedwith5 said...

Great ideas! This summer we are really into snapple . . . so, I recycled a snapple bottle into a vase. It is summer-like and was recycled as well.

Darla @ UltraBeautyBoutique said...

Great idea!

Muthering Heights said...

Great idea! You're so crafty. :)

Mrs. Querido said...

Now all I need are some salt shakers...lol...that and for Mr. Querido to bring me home some flowers. Do you have a Trader Joe's in your area? They have bouquets for $5! And they are gorgeous :) A frugal tip for your frugal vase.

Blessings!

Mrs. Q

Michelle@Life with Three said...

That is an absolutely brilliant idea -- one of those ideas that makes you stop and say, "Now why didn't I think of that before?" Thanks for sharing!

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Very cool! Thanks!