Simple Cut Flowers

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Great floral displays with simple cut flowers

Using simple cut flowers displayed in lovely glass containers is my favorite way to decorate with  fresh spring and summer flowers from the garden. Be it a large statement jar with a striking single stem or a small collection of complimentary bottles, jars, or vases – using pretty glass containers adds sparkle, opens up a space, and feels so natural.

Glass bottle collection wtih simple cut flowers

Glass bottle collection with simple cut flowers

Large jar vase with flowers

Large jar vase with flowers

The super large bottle jar stands on its own. Go big! I mean really big! Add a single stem or branch and voila – you have a wonderful Zen like arrangement.

Large jar vase with single stem

Large jar vase with single stem

Mixing glass container sizes is a fun way to play with scale and color when creating a display.  Combine complimentary shades of clear or colored glass and vary the size and shape of the containers for an eye catching effect.  I always keep an eye open at antique shows and flea markets for unusual bottles to add to my collection.

Collection of glass vases make a beautiful display

Collection of glass vases make a beautiful display

Glass vase with magnolia branch

Glass vase with magnolia branch

Less is more – my guiding principle. Provide enough “room” to be able to see the containers and to see the flowers. Let the display breathe a bit.

Collection of green glass bottles with branches

Collection of green glass bottles with branches

Small glass bottles for flower vases

Small glass bottles for flower vases

Simple green glass containers with flowers

Simple green glass containers with flowers

Small glass bottles with lavender

Small glass bottles with lavender

Position the containers in a way that allows for the play of light. Let the light pass through the glass and be reflected by the water – it makes the arrangement sparkle and look stunning.

Bottles with fresh flowers

Bottles with fresh flowers

I especially like the simple floral display below showing a collection of clear bottles grouped together on a mirrored tray. These bottles are illuminated from behind with charming tea lights and topped off with simple arrangement of flowers. Ah… a thing of beauty.

Bottle collection with mirror tray and votive candles

Bottle collection with mirror tray and votive candles

Light bulb flower vases

Light bulb flower vases

Unexpected and lovely – these recycled glass light bulbs are used as flower vases suspended from branches in a tree. What a great idea for a summer party!

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