Container Inspiration for Every Occasion from HGTV

Sometimes the flowers drive the design. Other times, it's the container. Familiarize yourself with the variety of colors, textures, shapes and sizes of vases and containers that can inspire your flower arrangement.
Wide Variety of Containers for Floral Displays

Wide Variety of Containers for Floral Displays

Photo by: DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Any porous containers can be adapted using cellophane or cut-down plastic water bottles, but there are plenty of beautiful waterproof choices too.

From: DK Books - Flower Arranging

(Clockwise, from back left)

Orange Fishbowl: Neon-colored globe-shaped glass vases are best used for modern domed flower designs.

Ephemera Vase: A column vase is covered in old, torn papers to create texture and interest. It would suit a mixed bouquet.

Pink Flowerpot: A flared glass vase lends a modern air to a simple small vase arrangement.

Metal Vase: The classic version of a flared vase suits traditional displays.

Opaque Column Vase: Patterned column glass vases in neutral colors look good with just a few long-stemmed statement flowers.

Pottery Vase: A patterned, flared vase is very versatile. It shows off most flower arrangements well.

Terra-Cotta Cube: This container has a cut-down water bottle placed inside to make it watertight.

Oval Trough: A painted terra-cotta pot makes a great base for a low floral foam display.

Cup and Saucer: Porcelain teacups can hold single flowers to perfect effect.

Tea Light Holder: These glass containers are useful for multiple small, informal displays.

Antique Vase: A glass vase with a small neck is just the thing to display just a few short-stemmed blooms.

Pottery Pitcher: Show off a few flowers with their stems cut short in this ideal container.

Metal Urn: This is a miniature versions of flared vase displays, best used with a classic selection of mixed flowers.

Coconut Shell: Treat this natural beauty like an opaque fishbowl for minimal, modern displays of exotic blooms.

Food Can: Interesting-looking cans, when emptied, makes an attractive and unusual vase for a potted bulb.

Tartlet Pans: Use these tins as place settings with short-stemmed single flower heads.

Small Bucket: A modern galvanized bucket looks great with a mass of one variety of short-stemmed blooms.

Mini Cube: Use this tiny version of a cube vase for individual blooms.

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Transform an Old Jewelry Box with Gem-like Dahlias

Jewel dahlias' intricate petals and intense colors shine like gems in an old jewelry box, while the mix of buds, semi-open and fully open blooms add interest and texture.

Out of the Ordinary Orchids

This delicate, mesmerizing design, in which wired orchids appear to flutter like butterfly wings, is an ideal way to display flower heads that are just past their prime.

Calla Lilies: A Tall, Thin Drink of Water

This pared-down display of flowers and foliage will bring a modern look to a hallway, lobby or corner of a room. Consider positioning several of these arrangements in a line, whether of the same or various sizes.

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