Saturday, August 27, 2011

Unconventional Vases

This weekend's Saturday Night Special on 
Funky Junk Interiors is all about vases, or rather, 
what can be used as a vase. 
Since I have a tendency to collect containers 
or anything that resembles a vessel, 
this week seemed a no-brainer for me.

Here are a few of my contributions to the link party.

Antique coffee can.

Line it with a bowl, add a floral frog, 
and she's ready for flowers.

So how often do you use your silverplate condiment holders?
They have such beautiful pierced detailing, 
that it seems a shame for them to only 
grace the table for utilitarian purposes, No?

I lined this with a spice jar, but any small glass will do.
The wide base is especially suited for use as a vase,
as it keeps it from tipping when full.

Isn't this so much prettier than a bottle of A-1?
I got lucky lining this one, because I just happened to have 
a square honey sampler jar on hand. 
A perfect fit.

The back side of this one has the little hook for hanging
the condiment spoon.
Any small jar will work with this size,
but I used a chrome shot glass 
that looks fabulous.

When I acquired this cigar box eons ago,
the previous owner had nailed in wood dividers
to make the box more functional. 
Despite the nails, I really dig that this
cigar box is wood, and isn't the paper label trim gorgeous?
But I digress.

Aside from the obvious cigar box use as storage,
I really love the look of the lid, but when it's closed,
you can't really enjoy it. 
The paper "hinge" was wearing down,
so I detached the lid completely, then turned it around.
I wanted to attach it somehow to the box, 
in an upright position, but didn't want to add any 
obnoxious-looking hardware to it. 

So, after searching high and low,
I found some brass turn pins I use for making frames,
and attached them to both sides of the back of the box, 
right next to the top edge. I screwed them in tightly,
so they don't turn, and Voila! I inserted the lid
between the turn pins, and it sits perfectly on the box, 
and it's easily removable, if I wanted to switch it out
with a mirror or picture.

I've seen lots of wooden bottle crates used to display glass
vessels with flowers in them, but how about making 
a petite display with a cigar box?
I used votive candle molds as mini vases,
and added small bottles in between.

This display makes me think of a woodland walk,
and the collection of nature's specimens 
you find along the way.

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  1. This makes me want to look for condiment holders - they look beautiful with your flowers!

  2. LOVING the sigar box!


  3. I agree with anonymous - your use of the cigar box is genius! And nice to think this box is now in its third lifecycle thanks to you repurpose-ful types. :-)

  4. I'm a sucker for interesting packaging and you've made such beautiful floral creations out of unconventional pieces that are lovely packaging and even more lovely housing Nature's splendor! Inspiring!!!

    Dawn... The Bohemian


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