Too many flower vases

As I was looking for something in my kitchen, I came across a cupboard that was filled with multiple flower vases. Over the years, my wife and I have received a fair amount of mail ordered flowers and with every order there is always a glass vase included. Apparently, these vases all found their way into the same cupboard and now I’m trying to figure out what to do with them.

My first thought was to take them down to my local charity shop. However, I always remembered seeing an abundance of vases at thrift stores so I decided against that. I called a local florist to see if they would be interested in reusing some flower vases for their deliveries. They were not very receptive to the idea. Maybe they thought I would return them with some sort of flower killing disease.

I tried to figure out what I could use them for around the house other than storing loose change. I could use them for their purpose and display beautiful flowers each and every day, but buying flowers every week, especially in the colder seasons isn’t going to happen. I’d have to purchase quite a few bouquets just to put all the vases to use.

Dear readers, what can I do with all of these vases? Please leave some suggestions in the comments. I’m sure other readers have the same issue of flower vases taking up way too much storage space. Let’s get a collection of ideas brewing in the comments section.


This post has been updated since its original publication in 2008.

119 Comments for “Too many flower vases”

  1. posted by Morfydd on

    I’d still give them to the thrift store and let them worry about it, but other options:

    –Buy flowers, put them in the vases, and give to friends.

    –Offer to event planners, professional or amateur.

    –If plain glass, recycle.

    –Use as candy dishes.

    –Offer to teachers for craft purposes.

    –Give away on Freecycle. Someone will have a brilliant use for them.

  2. posted by Niclas on

    Target practise. Drinking glasses for your big friends. See how tall a glass vase tower you can make. Give them to a hospital — they sure have a lot of flowers in each room. Sell them for $.5 each at your next garage sale. Give them to your kids to use as to go lemonade containers for their next lemonade stand. Use them in your next juggling exhibition at your next family gathering. Put kittens in them and take funny pictures. Buy very small fish and use them as make shift aquaries. Put candy in them. Put colorful stones and smooth pieces of glass in them and keep them as decoration. Put flowers in them. Recycle them. More target practise.

  3. posted by verylisa on

    Our local hospitals are always in need of more vases. They scrape together whatever they can find for the flowers received by patients. Why not see if any nearby hospitals would like your vases?

  4. posted by Pete on

    I like all of Morfydd’s suggestions. My first thought was to throw them in with the recycling, but offering them on Freecycle sounds like a good first step.

  5. posted by Gemma on

    I once rounded up eight similarly styled vases and handed them to a DIY bride for her centerpieces.

    I discarded all but three single bud vases that get roses and placed by sinks when I expect an overnight guest or am having someone over for dinner. I kept a very short but wide glass jar and it keeps my keys, wallet, and cell phone on my landing strip. Another more traditionally shaped vase now and again gets filled with a seasonal candy for my desk (I usually get something I’m not too fond of so I don’t eat the whole thing).

    Would like to get some more contemporary shapes, fill them with, oh, I don’t know, say, lemons and use those as centerpieces but usually the food gets in the way.

  6. posted by David on

    If the vase is a larger one, You can always put some small rocks in the bottom and a Beta fish.

  7. posted by marcus on

    We’ve got several vases around the house that we’re using as candle-holders. Fill the bottom half with stones or rocks or beads (one is even filled with coffee beans), and then work a candle down into it. Makes for nice decor.

  8. posted by Haley W. on

    Recycle ’em.

  9. posted by Lyrehca on

    We just decluttered our living room and have the same problem with several glass vases. I’m about to post them for free on Craigslist and I expect they’ll be gone in a day or two.

  10. posted by Amy on

    If you’re into crafts, you could store materials or tools in it. Or give ‘m away in gifts to friends: you could fill a vase (depends on size) with several small gifts.

  11. posted by Justin on

    The nonprofit I work with is always looking for display items for fundraisers, etc.

    Find a small NPO in your area that doesn’t have the budget to hire event planners, etc, and see if they want them for an upcoming Holiday fundraiser.

    I also love the idea of donating them to a local hospital.

    Or, buy some flowers for them and deliver them to a local nursing home?

  12. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    Freecycle or Craigslist. There is always a DIY bride out there looking for cheap or free vases for centerpieces.

    Cut some flowers from the garden, put them in the vases, and take them to the local nursing home or senior center to brighten their day. Or share with an elderly neighbor.

    Check with your community art center. Many teach flower arranging classes, and may be able to use them for their students.

  13. posted by Laura on

    I have quite a few of these as well. I’m thinking of getting silk or dried flowers to put in them. I don’t have a lot of decorative items like that around my house.

  14. posted by Cheryl on

    My church uses vases. Each week after the Sunday services, the flowers from the sanctuary are divided into vases and delivered to members who are in the hospital or sick. My vase donations are always appreciated.

  15. posted by John of Indiana on

    The glass recycling bin. Nobody wants them in their present form, time to send them back through the process and let them be reborn.

  16. posted by Pollinator on

    I always give my vases to the florist my company uses. They are happy to have them!

  17. posted by robyn on

    donate them, filled with fake flowers, to a local nursing home.

    list them on Craig’s List for potential brides to use in their centerpieces (i know i’d have bought them three months ago!)

    those are my two thoughts.

  18. posted by Peregrin on

    I put mine in a bag of other unwanted kitchen items and Freecycled the whole thing.

  19. posted by Kirstin on

    I like the idea above for giving them to hospitals. Nursing homes might also be able to put them to use as people tend to bring flowers. I usually recycle the vases that I won’t use again since they tend to be clear glass.

  20. posted by ErinM on

    I have a tall, wide-mouthed vase next to my stove holding cooking utensils (spatulas, wooden spoons, etc.)

  21. posted by Jill on

    Donate them to a local arts center or community college for flower arranging classes (ours happens to teach flower arranging regularly, especially near the holidays).

    Fill with holiday greens, holly, pinecones, christmas balls, candy canes, etc and take one to each holiday party you attend as a hostess gift.

    We happen to save sand/shells from each beach vacation we go on – if you do the same, you could use the vases to display a grouping of vacations.

    Donate to the public school system in your area. The kids can use them to make arrangements for mother’s day or for a flower show (our school has a 5th grade flower show each spring and they need lots of vases for that).

  22. posted by Amy Sisson on

    I like Morfydd’s suggestions.

    Before recycling, do check with your local recyclying management co. to make sure it’s OK. They don’t always take every type of glass just because it’s glass.

  23. posted by CM on

    Upscale beer pong.

  24. posted by half-baked on

    @Jill: I really like the holiday-vase idea!

    In the past, I’ve given mine to a farmer I know down at the farmer’s market … they sell fresh cut flowers at the end of summer, and they happily takes mine to sell for a buck or two when a customer needs a vase for their flowers.

  25. posted by Leyre on

    I work for a small non profit and we do a big fundraising event every year. One of our staff members receives a weekly delivery of flowers from a very posh flower shop, and so she has GOBS of vases fromt his place. She too was wondering what she would do with all those vases and soon found out that our event planning department was more than happy to take them off her hands. They can use them for centerpieces at events and that way they don’t have to go out and buy them every year. You might check to see with local non profits to see if they have any use for them…

  26. posted by Michele on

    If you celebrate Christmas, sounds like it’s a good year for everybody to get flowers as gifts.

  27. posted by Sarah on

    My mom always winds up with a stockpile of glass vases. She waits until summer and fills them with beautiful flowers from her cutting garden. She takes them to the assisted living facility where my grandparents spent their last few years. My grandmother always liked to see flowers on the tables.
    We also sent the centerpieces from my wedding there. My grandparents were still alive at the time, so they got to enjoy the wedding flowers a bit longer and talk about their granddaughter’s wedding.

    Mom also makes arrangements from her garden for the desks of the administrative assistants where she works. She says it’s her way of paying them back for stealing all their pink jelly beans. 🙂

  28. posted by Sarah on

    I like the hospital/nursing home suggestion, and the pencil/pen/kitchen utensil holder ideas.

    I avoid fake and dried flowers because in my experience they just collect dust. I’d rather decorate with other things and, when I have flowers, have fresh ones.

    And, when all else fails, FREECYCLE!

  29. posted by gypsy packer on

    Small town florists are far more receptive to recycled vases than their big-city counterparts. Also, try wedding planners.

  30. posted by Alex on

    I’ve used shattered vases as drainage for houseplants. Take the vase, wrap it in a towel and shatter it into medium sized pieces. Use the pieces to line the bottoms of pots and planters. Proper drainage is important for keeping plants healthy and keeping the vases in green-friendly uses is always a good idea.

  31. posted by LInda on

    If you have flowers in your home garden, cut them, put them in the vases and take to a local nursing home or dialysis center. Those places can be pretty gloomy and sterile. My mom took flowers every week to the dialysis center that took care of my father the last 5 years of his life. The patients and staff appreciated the gesture.

  32. posted by Betharu on

    I second Justin’s idea – I just did a large silent auction for the March of Dimes and we sure could have used them for our centerpieces and displays.

    Why not check a local school? I know my mom’s school is always looking for donations for their art classes.

  33. posted by Caanan on

    Last year I saw a post on Craigslist of a guy looking for flower vases. I called him to come get all my extra ones–he was going to use them to give flowers to people in nursing homes or something like that.

  34. posted by Jolanda on

    you can cram in a cord of christmas tree lights and make an alternative decorative item. You need a big vase for that though.

  35. posted by Jennifer on

    Check with the smaller, independent florists in your area. They may be more willing to take them than a larger one. And I like the idea of donating to a hospital.

    Also, check with your recycling company before just throwing them in the bin. Just because glass (and plastic) is made of a recyclable material, doesn’t mean you can recycle it.

    I also second freecycle and craigs list. Somebody out there wants them and will be happy to take them off your hands.

  36. posted by Desi on

    I’ve struggled with the same issue. What I ended up doing was to bring them to my local grocery store’s floral department. The florist there was so happy to take them off my hands and I usually walked away with a complimentary bouquet as a thank you gift. The store that would take them out here is a Kroger store – not sure if different stores have different policies or not….but you may want to check with your local grocer’s florist to see if they are willing to re-use the vases. In my case, it was a win-win solution for both of us!

  37. posted by Alexandra on

    Why not try planting herbs in some of the vases? Vases used as planters are bound to be prettier than plastic containers.

    On the bright side, you’ll always be able to tell when your plants need watering, on the down side, you’ll need to create drainage holes…or maybe put rocks at the bottom 3rd of the vase, dirt on top of the rocks and plant tarragon (or something else that is likely to grow into a full, bushy plant) in the top 3rd or so. And if you are concerned that dirt isn’t that pretty to look at, you can always tie ribbons around the center of the vase and redecorate the vases with new ribbons as the seasons change.

  38. posted by Kerry on

    Fill ’em with fresh flowers and deliver them to local nursing homes. They can always reuse them and you will brighten many peoples’ day!

  39. posted by Matt on

    If you have a large vase that could hold a roll of toilet paper or more you could put it in your bathroom as the ‘extra toilet paper holder.’ That is what I did, only I went out to buy a vase with that purpose in mind.

  40. posted by Steph on

    Hi – similar to that above, I use a beautiful tall blue vase to hold my long handled utensils such as mixing spoons and spatulas. I will also break up very colorful vases and use the pieces of glass in mosaic art and tiles.

  41. posted by Wendy on

    I use them to hold glass christmas ornaments or pinecones on the table, seashells from trips in the bathroom. Tall or wide vases can be used as candle holders.

  42. posted by Jacki Hollywood Brown on

    I just LOVE all these great ideas!

  43. posted by Kooz on

    I don’t have any suggestions about what to do with the vases, but your offhand comment about loose change caught my attention. If you’ve got enough loose change that you need a big container to store it, then you’ve got a loose change clutter problem! The nice thing about change as clutter is that you can SPEND IT! Just grab a handful each morning and when giving change to store clerks, try to use up as much as possible. It’s my experience that shopkeepers don’t mind getting lots of change since they are often running out. (Be reasonable though, don’t drop 300 pennies on someone for a cup of coffee.)

  44. posted by Misty on

    I work at a hospital and the gift shop is ran by a ladies auxilliary volunteer group and profits are used to fund various programs through the hospital and hospice. They are always happy to receive vases to help save their group money when making up flower arrangements to sell from the gift shop.

    Also, my grandmother has many vases with colored glass, some light greens and some pale blue. She has them lined up along her 2 window sills in her kitchen. It’s lovely when the sun shines through.

    Of course, I also like the upscale beer pong idea too! 🙂

  45. posted by Alexandra on

    I found a website that gives a few more tips on planting herbs in vases:;s=homes

    (I realize that no one has a set of matching vases, but I think that could add to the charm. If all else fails and you desperately want one aspect of the vases to match, consider buying some glass paint and painting the vases all the same color.)

  46. posted by Sky on

    Pencil, pen or paintbrush holders. Turn smaller ones upside down and put a plate on it for a cake plate. They are great to hold change, candles, matches, toothbrushes, hair barrettes or elastics, paperclips, rubber bands, candy, ANYTHING you put in a container. Depending on the size of the vase, they can hold just about everything!

  47. posted by Lisa on

    We try not to order professional flower arrangements in my family mainly because those glass vases like to breed and multiply under our sinks. So every Christmas/Mother’s Day/Grandparent’s day/Anniversaries/Birthdays I buy cheap seasonal flowers from the farmer’s market or supermarket to supplement from my garden and make my own flower arrangements to give to my two grandmothers, three aunts, my mother in-law, and my mom. Sometime after the flowers die they give the vases back to me so I can fill them again for the next event. That way no one has tons of glass vases breeding under their sink but everyone gets to enjoy beautiful flower arrangements with a personal touch. Sometimes if I don’t get the vase back if I give an arrangement to someone new, but they were cheap or free vases to begin with so it’s no big deal. Sometimes I get more than one vase back when they declutter their own house! Flower arrangements are great last minute presents. We’re Japanese American, so my grandmother likes to have flowers for our ancestors to put on our family altar. People who are hard to buy presents for love fresh flowers.

  48. posted by Alexandra on

    Alternate idea for vases: Sculptural bookend

    I found this here:

    One should fill the vase with many objects that are in themselves heavy in order to hold the books in place. One should use beautiful objects to bring out the beauty, which was the primary reason for having the vase there in the first place. One should make sure that they use the same colors so that their display can come off as serene. The holder will serve the purpose of holding the books in place as well as a decorative feature.

  49. posted by Jessica on

    This is a little off-tangent, but I came up with this idea to prevent vase clutter from all the flower arrangements we give my husband’s grandma who lives in a tiny apartment. I take a plastic water bottle, cut off the top third and wrap the water bottle with tissue paper or a round scrap of fabric and tie a ribbon around it. Fill with water and add flowers. The tissue paper or fabric hides the bottle and frames the flowers nicely. That way, when the flowers are done, the entire thing can be recylced or thrown away, and his grandma doesn’t end up with a ton of vases. 🙂

  50. posted by Leslie on

    When I opened this post I thought it was tailor-made for me! I’ve just been thinking about what to do with all my vases (our latest community theater production brought 3 more into our house, and the cupboard is now really full!). Thanks everyone for the great ideas!

  51. posted by CAB on

    Spray paint them white or black and use them as a decorative accent piece. This idea works even better if the vase is an unusual shape. Stencil in some fun and interesting designs and voila! Free Christmas present and decluttering all in one!

  52. posted by dtj on

    If all else fails, just throw them away. When I run into similar situations, I exercise a certain amount of due diligence in find the stuff a good home, but if I fail I just throw the stuff away. If you value your time at all it is silly to spend lots of time trying to place something that nobody will take for free. If you can’t recycle it, and Goodwill isn’t even interested in it, the word “garbage” usually fits pretty well.

    Take the 5 hours you would have spent trying to place your most sincere garbage and use it wisely. Read for the blind, ring the bell for the Salvation Army, or work at a soup kitchen. Use your time helping people rather than finding a home for garbage.

  53. posted by beth bertenshaw on

    Are you ready? I Have TONS of uses! being the QUEEN of REPURPOSING 🙂

    *Use them in your garden or plant containers as unusual decorative accents. Overturned, hidden under foliage, peaking through the dirt 🙂
    *Standing in your outdoor flower containers with natural twigs, evergreen branches, fresh flowers or seed heads in the winter. They make a nice addition to the contains/garden and will certainly get admiration
    *Use them as props for taking photos for online selling-again creatively positioned with your “item” draping over it.
    *Can also include shells, rocks, marbles, sand, vintage/antique buttons, vintage jewellery, etc to make a “still life” as a table centre piece or brighten up any space anywhere inside or out!
    *use as a toothbrush holder
    *use a low wide mouth vase as a winter bulb display-put rocks, marbles, shells, etc in bottom-place narcissus or hyacinth bulbs on top-add water-these should bloom in time for Christmas or Gloomy January cheer!
    *turn over and place another pot or object of art (carefully)on top add height to your home “still life” displays!
    *double up on vases (save space) by placing one smaller inside the larger. Fill center vase with water- place fresh flowers inside. Gives another effect.
    *when you have a vase that is too big for the fresh flowers that you want to display, double up as above but add water to both. Because inside vase takes up space, the smaller vase will keep centre flowers in place as well as outer flowers- like a floral “frog”.

    Well I think I may have bored everyone or totally confused others. If want photos of any suggestions above, email me because I have examples of each already in place 🙂 In the UK, we have to stay organized in these small flats!!! THANKS! fauxbrit

  54. posted by Valerie on

    Unless you have lots of time to deal with this issue, just recycle or toss. Keep a few so that you have one of each size, then jettison the rest.

    IMHO, we have to unclutter our time as well as our surroundings. Sometimes we seem to be spending too much of our time just so that we aren’t “throwing something valuable away”. These vases aren’t necessarily more valuable than any other bottle you would recycle or toss (depending what is available where you live). I keep a few of the best ones but the rest go out with the trash (we have no recycling here). If you have this issue, then so do most other people, meaning that there are millions of vases out there that many people can’t bring themselves to toss. They only cost the florist a buck or two… is this really worth so much of our time?

  55. posted by tubin on

    Many of my ideas have already been listed. I also use a couple of small vases in my guest bathroom as dispensers for cotton balls and q-tips. I have a vase full of buttons on my bookshelf – it’s a decorative item, but it’s also handy because it’s an easy place to toss all the extra buttons that come with clothing. Then when I lose a button they’re all in one place and I can just go look for the match.

    Local art schools or even a local Home Depot might be interested in a supply of colored vases to break up for demonstrations of mosaic tiling.

    This last year we wanted to make gift “baskets” for some colleagues and friends. I bought up various little chocolates and candles and soaps and other consumable treats and arranged them in some round squat vases (think goldfish bowl). “Wrapping” presents in interesting containers (metal tins, glass vases, wicker baskets, etc) is nice because it’s an unusual and attractive way to present the gift, it avoids the use of a bunch of paper wrapping that’d just go to the landfill, and it gets those items out of your own house…

    If you have kids in school, perhaps a homework assignment could be put in a vase? I recall being assigned to make mockups of history events using cutout figures in a shoebox… dioramas? Wouldn’t it be cool to use a vase to make a 3-d diorama?

  56. posted by Gardening girl on

    If you are a gardener or know one, offer them as cloches. Simply turn them over onto small lettuce seedlings to provide extra warmth in the winter time. If you have enough vases, you might be able to grow a salad. Of course, this would only work with the large mouth vases.

  57. posted by Jennifer on

    My idea: Recycle the vases, then the glass is being reused and you have just decluttered an area of your home.

  58. posted by Maggie on


    If those “millions of vases out there that many people can’t bring to toss” were all in landfills, how is that uncluttering? They are still cluttering our planet by not being put to use. Many commenters have productive uses for these vases, and I’m sure there are crafty people out there who would love to take vases off of our hands–even if we aren’t that crafty ourselves (or have the time to arrange flowers, etc.)

  59. posted by Gabriel on

    Pour them full of hot wax, throw in a wick, call it a candle in a jar, and hope that the unlucky person you give it to for Christmas doesn’t hate you for passing along clutter.

  60. posted by dtj on

    But how much time do you waste on waste? I am fairly certain that each piece of my trash can be used by *somebody* for *something*. What’s the cut off? Many people are decluttering because they haven’t been able to get rid of stuff because “somebody could use it”. How much gas should I waste transporting little pieces of garbage to their forever home? How much of my valuable time should I spend getting rid off stuff that most people don’t even want for free? Which of the numerous other organizations (ie. Boy Scouts, etc) that I am involved with should I short-sheet for time to deal with crap?

    For instance, I just trashed several servers that I had, in an eco appropriate way. Sure third world children would seriously love my Pentium 2 boxes, but at what cost to get it to them? And how much of other peoples valuable time to reprovision it, or strip it for repurposing? To paraphrase Freud “Sometimes crap is just crap”.

    Sometimes the landfill is the most appropriate place for the stuff. We have donated cubic yards worth of “stuff” to organizations (Boy Scouts, Churches, Public Libraries, Epilepsy Foundation, Women’s Shelter, etc) in the last coupla years and a whole bunch of stuff has gone into the landfill as well.

  61. posted by Susan on

    Hospital or Freecycle.
    And I try to limit my vases to those that are pretty enough that I can keep them in plain sight and filled with pretty glass stones. Flowers or no flowers, they’re cool and not taking up cupboard space.
    But for the sake of full disclosure, I DO adore my big ol’ “Dozen roses” vase, and that one has it’s own cupboard spot.

  62. posted by Ms. 12k on

    Offer them on craigslist or a place like BravoBride where brides are often looking for centerpiece supplies. Even if they don’t all match sometimes it doesn’t matter.

  63. posted by Marsha on

    Regift them. Add a paperwhite bulb or two and a couple of handfuls of river rocks, and you’ve got a lovely, homemade bulb-forcing kit. (Perfect for holiday giving this month, too, because if the bulb is set up shortly after its receipt it will yield flowers in the dead a winter–a lovely peek of spring.)

    Otherwise, just recycle the glass ones and toss or donate-to-Goodwill (someone will eventually give them a good home) the rest.

  64. posted by Rina on

    Two thoughts:

    First: A variation on giving fresh cut flowers as gifts. For winter holiday gifts, fill them with paperwhite bulbs that will bloom in about a month. They’re a beautiful and cheerful alternative to a traditional arrangement. Here’s a link with instructions: However, you do have to water these every other day to keep the water level at a good height for the bulbs, so they’re more work than a traditional arrangement.

    Second: I also agree that sometimes, after a good faith effort to find a home, you gotta just let them go. If you can’t find takers on freecycle or craigslist, that’s a good sign that there’s too many of whatever you’re trying to unclutter in most people’s lives.

  65. posted by infmom on

    I put silk flowers/plants in some, decorative marbles in others. I keep a few for use with roses from the garden. The rest go to the thrift store. Of course, the correlary to that is that now and again I see a really nice vase at the thrift store and buy it. I got two really cool Mexican ceramic vases for our mantel that way.

  66. posted by Rina on

    LOL — Marsha and I had the same idea at the same time — Though I like Marsha’s idea of a bulb-forcing kit better for some situations….like for family or friends who are long distance and have to get mailed gifts, especially if they’re gardening enthusiasts.

  67. posted by Re on

    When I order flowers I take a vase with me to the florist for them to use.
    Also, some florists will take them back. My Mom works in a local hospital and they always have too many vases so she found a local florist who takes them.

  68. posted by ns on

    verylisa’s idea is fantastic. but if you really want to keep them instead of uncluttering: i use one vase for dumping change in on my landing strip (it’s an opaque vase), and I use a tall, wide-mouthed one to put my dish-washing gloves and long-handled pot-scrubber in at the sink (with rocks at the bottom). however some free vases are hideous and must be destroyed. 🙂

  69. posted by leslie on

    I have a big mouthed cylindrical one that I put tangerines in to display and eat.

  70. posted by Kelly E. on

    We keep change in one of our many glass vases. When it gets full, we take it to the cash machine at the bank and use it for a long term project or for a night on the town or whatever.

  71. posted by Debbie on

    I notice that the flower farmers at my farmer’s market (sadly now closed for the season) always have a variety of vases for the flowers they sell. Perhaps one of them would like your vases, if you can track them down (try

  72. posted by KV on

    Of course, change.

    Small vase?
    – Fill with pebbles/sand stick pens in them.

    – Buy flowers, hang upside down immediately.
    Use for dry flower arrangements. You can even put essential oils on those dry arrangements and make them potpurri-arrangements.

    – Potpurri warmer – dried flowers/potpurri, essential oils, and christmas lights. coil the lights inside the jar. The lights warm up and warm the potpurri, but not enough to burn anything. Cover with a doily/crotchet and tie a ribbon around. Plug into wall.

    Large vase?
    – Umbrella stand.

    Medium square vase?
    – Remote holder.
    – If you’re an artist, use it to organize your pens/pencils/markers/paint tubes.

    Large low sqare vase?
    – Phone stand. Store pens and pads of paper underneath.

    Lots of vases that you just don’t want?
    – Freecycle
    – Smash into bits and recycle
    – Smash into bits and use as tiles with groute to make a decorative table.

    Hopefully that will give you some starting points.

    Vases are just containers made of glass, and can be utilized in more ways than just buying expensive fresh “greenhouse” flowers.

  73. posted by Jmanna on

    I store larger kitchen utensils with longer handles, like my spatulas and potato masher, in a vase with a nice heavy bottom so it doesn’t tip.

  74. posted by adora on

    I bought vases from IKEA as containers for handmade soap and bath fizzy for friends.

    You can fill it up with bath oil beads and/or soap, confetti… Wrap the top with cloth, secure it with rubber band and finish it with a pretty ribbon. It looks great in the bathrooms, and it acts like potpourri before they start using it. (On the other hand, you can use them for potpourri!)

    It is a very affordable gift, since you already have abundance of containers.

  75. posted by Amy in Ann Arbor on

    some of them (like the one in the photo) would be appropriate for storing paintbrushes and the like. I have in mind offering them to an art teacher.

  76. posted by Sally on

    What a lovely opportunity to create something new – especially for Christmas.

    Soy candles are a bit trendy at the moment … see this DIY http://www.designspongeonline......ndles.html and just switch vase with cup. Or maybe you have some cups to declutter?

    You can line a window sill with the glasses, a drop of different coloured food dye in each and a shot of water and you have your own rainbow feature!

    Also this is a fun one … fill with collectables. Doesn’t matter if the vase is small, use the rule of three (ie better than one) … similar to this post http://recovergirl.wordpress.c.....ttle-toys/

    Fighting fish need the littlest space, and have to be kept on their own so they dont attack… you can have a few in your vases (rinse with vinegar first)

    I was going to do this last one, but I rather like the herb planter idea

    What ever you choose have fun!

  77. posted by Zarah on

    Recycle them just like any other glass jar. Sometimes you just have to clear out the clutter!

  78. posted by moonsmom on

    I use mine for plant starts. Place start in a vase and fill with water. Place on windowsill for light. Size of vase depends on size of plant. tada

  79. posted by barbara on

    I’ve got an extra vase filled with white Christmas lights that I keep out all year round in the living room. Speaking of Christmas…we’ll usually fill another vase up with extra ornaments for holiday decor.

  80. posted by STL Mom on

    While there are many great ideas here, in the end Zarah is right. What’s the difference between a glass jar that held flowers and a glass bottle that held wine? Once you have a few candleholders, you recycle the wine bottles, right?
    That being said, I donated mine when I moved. Maybe Goodwill has recycled them by now…

  81. posted by Lynne on

    Use one in the bathroom to clean combs and brushes. Fill with warm water, add a TBSP ammonia or a tsp. of shampoo and let them soak overnight. Rinse and let them air dry.

  82. posted by Alissa on

    – Freecycle
    – Nursing homes will sometimes take them for their residents rooms
    – Turn them into organizers for paintbrushes, cleaning brushes, pens & pencils
    – Fish bowls
    – Cooking utensil holders
    – Pretty way to gift homemade candies/cookies

  83. posted by Katy on

    Make a baking kit and give them away as presents.

    Baking kits are made by measuring out dry ingredients for cookies or brownies or something and layering them in a container. Then you can clingfilm over the mouth of the vase, cover it with a nice piece of fabric and a ribbon with the recipe attached and you have quick Christmas/housewarming/thank you present.

  84. posted by Tanya on

    I keep my wooden mixing spoons in one; whisk and other odd-sized stirring implements in another, and cheaper knives that don’t have a holder in a third. (All between the stove and the sink.)

    Not many shallow drawers, lots of counter space.

  85. posted by Tanya on

    Oh, and if you wanted to use just one or two for actual flowers, Trader Joes has nice big bunches that are very inexpensive and last a long time.

  86. posted by Karen on

    I like to force bulbs in extra vases. You can pack the bulbs in shoulder to shoulder. Do a google search for directions on forcing bulbs. It is super easy and they make great gifts. Hyacinths in February smell sooooo good.

  87. posted by young on

    What about holding candles or sea salt bath scrub?

  88. posted by amybee on

    My daughter’s day care uses them for teacher bouquets. Every kid brings a flower in on staff day. Combine them in a donated vase and each teacher has a pretty arrangement to take home.

  89. posted by Heather on

    Our landfill has a “Last Chance Mercantile” where they sell “still useful” discarded items for a few bucks. It might be worth a trip if you have a lot of additional stuff you can’t seem to find a home for.

  90. posted by Heather on

    Oh, another thing… our Hospice facility loved receiving vases because we’d take apart donated arrangements from weddings, funerals, etc. and distribute them to the patients in smaller bouquets.

  91. posted by jon on

    Keep one in the kitchen very close to your grill. When you grill meat, pour the hot fat into the vase. Chuck in seeds (not salted) or bread crumbs or stale biscuit crumbs. Keep doing this until full. Then put it in the garden on its side, where it won’t roll and break. The birds will fight over it. They love the fat and will revisit it constantly. If you want to watch garden birds, put it in good sight of your window.

    Obviously, if you do this in high summer, the fat will melt and run, but most of the year, it will stay congealed. Glass looks nicer than a tin.

    Plus, pouring fat down your sink drain is bad for you and your water company.

  92. posted by Alesha on

    I use one in my 1/2 bath as a trash can. Works well and easy to clean out. I love the idea of putting some together as centerpiece ideas for weddings or anniversaries. Maybe a church could take some?

  93. posted by fitwallet on

    Great ideas here, but please don’t use these for mini-aquariums. Even betta fish prefer (and are healthier in) 2.5 or more gallons of water. A vase doesn’t provide enough room for even the smallest fish. Also, bettas are tropical fish, so a heater is a must if your temperatures drop below 70ish. A snail would be fine, but no fish!

  94. posted by Roxanna on

    You can regift them, since this is the christmas season there will always be people you may forget to get a present for. By adding in colourful rocks or colourful pot pourri or candles even some fake flowers you can easily wrap them up in clear plastic paper and give them as gifts. You can also use them to make your own Reed Diffusuers which make GREAT gifts. Check out Pier 1 Imports for the oils.

  95. posted by Michele on

    This sounds like an opportunity to break out of “coffee mug and apple” mode for those hard-to-gift teachers. With all the teachers in my family, you could fill a warehouse with all the” #1 teacher” products they’ve gotten over the years.

  96. posted by Michele on

    My sweetie gave me 50 roses on my 40th birthday. After they were spent, I dried the rose heads and placed them in the vase and placed the vase in the powder room.
    I don’t think I’ll ever unclutter it!

  97. posted by Cath Young on

    They can make nice seasonal decorations and change of color decor by filling them with ornaments. For Christmas, I have some filled with cheap ornaments of a single color from the dollar shop. Can really pick up the room. I have one in my powderroom filled with soaps that I’ve picked up at hotels. You can also do your own silk flower arrangements with some of them.

    The small bud vases are good for when you want to give someone a small thank you gift. You can just take one flower stem, put it in the bud vase, put a ribbon around the vase with a thank you note attached. Perfect teacher’s gift or thank’s for the ride gift.

  98. posted by Michele Morgan on

    I use a combination of vases, baskets, and terra cotta pots in my bathroom closet. I store all my nail polish in one, my pain reliever type drugs in one, all prescriptions in another, bubble bath and lotion products in another, rolled up white washclothes in another, etc. 🙂

    Also consider giving the to a bride who is on a budget. She can combine a grouping of all clear vases with different designs. If she uses the same flowers in each, it’ll pull it all together.

  99. posted by Kate on

    Candy buffets are all the rage at weddings these days… use a wide variety of vases for different types of candy. They make any sort of get together more festive and fun. I have also seen larger vases used as “wish bowls” for weddings and baby showers, where guests can write short messages for the honoree(s).

    I have a very large vase in my office filled with long split sticks/branches. It brings a bit of the outdoors into my work space, keeps me sane. Other people in my office have bamboo shoots growing in theirs – they’re very pretty and EASY to maintain.

  100. posted by Brenda Monrreal on

    You can put sand or really small rocks and you can put pens and pencils inside of it! I saw this great idea in an office and it gave it a really nice chick look!

  101. posted by Robin L. on

    Save one for holding utensils next to the stove. I ditto on the nonprofits needing vases for banquets and hospitals wanting them. I have a friend who uses them, upside down, for trimming pathways in her garden.

  102. posted by tw``` on

    If you belong to a church or other place of worship, they may need them to take altar flowers after Services to the homebound or sick parishioners…. at least this is what ours does. They always need plain vases.

  103. posted by m on

    My local florist is always delighted to get them.

  104. posted by K-MAP on

    Fantastic Ideas! I’m sorry I got here so late. I had a bunch of cylinder vases left over from my wedding. Now I cover them with scrapbook paper or fabric and use them as candle-holders for entertaining. It is a cheap way to change the decor every time. Not sure if you ever made paper-bag luminaries, but you can place sand and tea-lights in the bottom of the vases and line you front walkway of your home with candlelight if you hosting a special evening event. Your guests will be guiding straight to the front door. Enjoy! K-MAP

  105. posted by brista on

    I’d just freecycle it and be done with it, personally!

  106. posted by jen on

    I’m a florist and always accept vases. It cuts the costs for my arrangements thus allowing me to make full bouquets for an inexpensive rate. It’s pretty sad that your local florists wouldn’t accept them.

  107. posted by Molly on

    Turn it upside down and use it to hold plates, bowls, etc. that need to be higher on a buffet. Or to make sure a short plant gets sunshine.

  108. posted by Wynell on

    Wash and dry them. Put them all in a big box you can carry. Take them to a small florist–not a chain when no othe customers are there. Offer them to the owner at a ridiculously low price. He’ll take yours just like he did mine.

  109. posted by Just Breathe on

    One local florist uses the vases to distribute free flowers to nursing homes whenever the flowers might go to waste.

    Another local florist offered me free flowers for the vases.

    I cleaned the vases well, and then washed them in the dishwasher to sanitize them before I took to the florist.

  110. posted by brokensaint on

    For those saying that you should avoid spending all your time on it – join freecycle. Doesn’t take but a second to list them, someone will want them, and you’re not contributing to landfills.

  111. posted by Wanda on

    Contact your local hospice. I’m a volunteer coordinator for Avalon hospice and we recycle floral bouquets and deliver the flowers weekly to our hospice patients. So we are always in need of used flower vases. Please consider donation to your local hospice.

  112. posted by RazzBari on

    If you have a local flower society of some sort (we have an group of rose enthusiasts here who have an annual show), they can often use them.

  113. posted by shris on

    A ridiculous low purple ceramic vase with intact glazing (slightly wider than a wide mouth quart canning jar) was recently repurposed at our house as a container for holding solvent to wash out …something.. in the garage. Might’ve been paint brushes, might’ve been small parts. Whatever it was, it got washed and the container held the solvent without reacting to it. When the washing was done and the solvent disposed, I think the container was wiped out and kept as a handy size for similar future applications–but out in the garage in a place where other such containers are stored. If it ever falls and breaks it will be disposed of in the trash with no sadness at all.

  114. posted by barbara on

    i keep one under my kitchen sink to hold dishwashing brushes….. and like others…put some flowers, a rose, herbs..etc to take to someone just to pass on some cheer

  115. posted by Christy on

    Usually local flower shops are eager to get some of it or even to exchange with some flowers, I think just like you said your florist may be under the impression that it can be contaminated.

    You can try your art on them if they are ceramics.

  116. posted by Debbie on

    I’ve covered three similar shaped but different size vases with jute and small rope to adda visual interest to these vases.

  117. posted by Reenie on

    My dad always rounded up and took them to his church which was tickled pink to replenish their supply for flowers delivered to shut-ins.

  118. posted by Karen on

    The church we attended for many years delivered the altar flowers, after services were over, to those members in the hospital and those who were home-bound. Maybe you could call around and find a church who has this activity as part of their ministry.

  119. posted by Her from There on

    They’re glass, you say? Recycle them, same as you would a drinking glass.

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