Mother's Day is right around the corner and many moms will be receiving a lovely vase full of flowers. The aroma of a fresh bouquet fills the house and brightens any room, but the flowers only last a week or two before they begin to wilt. Sooner or later, all you're left with is a vase that is slowly accumulating dust. For those of you with more vases than you need, here are some tips for using them wisely.
Keep Herbs Fresh
Fill up the bottom with cold water, submerge the cut ends of the herbs in the water, and store them in the fridge. This works especially well for parsley and basil and can extend the freshness of these herbs for days. You can also do this with asparagus, which will begin to wilt if it's not kept in water.
Organize Crafts or Hardware Supplies
Widemouthed vases can be used to hold buttons, beads, and other miscellaneous pieces. In the workshop use them to hold different sized nails, screws, bolts, or nuts. Use them in your kitchen for spatulas, ladles, etc. It's easy to see the contents through the glass; just make sure the mouth of the vase is wide enough to reach your hand in.
Create a New "Arrangement"
Line up several clear glass vases on a windowsill, a mantel or a table and fill them with decorative objects, such as polished river stones, potpourri, wine corks, sand, glass marbles or seashells collected from a trip to the beach.
Make a Mosaic
Colored or textured vases can make beautiful mosaic pieces. Lay out a few sheets of newspaper and break the vases into pieces in plaster or concrete to make anything from a garden stepping stone to a paperweight. Just make sure that no sharp edges are exposed.
Pay It Forward
If you are a flower gardener yourself, use your extra vases to make lovely flower arrangements to give to friends or bring as a hostess gift for a dinner party. Flower arrangements from your garden are far more meaningful (and less expensive) than those that you buy from a florist.
If you've done everything you can do with your stash of extra vases, fill them with inexpensive flowers from the supermarket and drop them off at your local senior center, funeral home or hospital, and brighten someone else's day.
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