3 Ways to decorate with vases

by Carolyn Andrews 01/15/2023

Whether bought, inherited or leftover from gifted flowers, vases are a common unused item in many homes. Rather than let a vase gather dust in a closet, why not use it as a fun decorative piece?

Here are some tips for ways to decorate your home with vases:

Fill a vase with driftwood

Using driftwood as decor is a wonderful way to add texture and a rustic, coastal vibe. If you have a clear glass vase, try adding a few driftwood pieces. You can use long pieces that stick out of the top like flowers would, or choose a collection of different shapes to add interest and depth.

Some ideas for accompanying materials include seashells and coral. Long pieces of ornamental grass or other foliage add a touch of life and vibrancy to a neutral driftwood collection.

Create a succulent terrarium

Creating an open terrarium is a perfect project for an empty vase. By adding a few layers of pebbles, sand and chunky potting soil, you can plant a miniature habitat for succulents, cacti and air plants. You’ll have a unique piece of living home decor while also repurposing the vase in a new and unexpected way.

For especially narrow vases, be mindful of giving your choice of plant room to grow. Don’t hesitate to use artificial plants for this project as well. If you have multiple vases, try arranging them together with a variety of terrarium ingredients.

Add sparkle with glass beads

Consider filling a vase with glass beads to create an easy piece of DIY decor. You can use decorative beads like those used in aquariums, terrariums and craft projects. When placed near a lamp or in a sunny window, the light shining through will brighten a room.

If you have other small shiny objects, they can make a great addition to your new vase decor. Try swapping them out seasonally for a fresh aesthetic.

About the Author

Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews has over 30 years licensed Brokerage experience in both California and Colorado. Born in England, Carolyn moved to California in 1980, then relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1991. Carolyn has also received recognition for Top Sales at RE/MAX Alliance Aurora in 2007-2008 and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Chairman’s Club, as well as a recipient of the ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn has sold over 2000 homes personally in her career. Carolyn has been actively involved in many aspects of the Real Estate business including investment property, luxury homes, mountain resort property, skiin/ski out, REO/default management, loss mitigation, valuations, and disposition. She has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences and has been consulted on many occasions by various organizations in the REO/financial industries for her expertise and served on many boards. She has attended numerous ongoing classes to stay abreast of changes in the ever-evolving Real Estate industry. She is the prior State Director for Colorado for VAREP(Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). She is a member of 3 boards of Realtors including Metro Denver, Colorado Springs and Summit County mountain areas. She heads up The Andrews Group and is or has been an active member of NAR, CAR,REOMAC, CIPS, CRS, AREAA, NAPW, NAHREP, and is an original member of the ELITEReal Estate network. She was ranked #1 for most homes sold in Denver 2007 by Denver Board of Realtors, #2 for 2008, and #2 for 2009, #5 in 2010 and #4 in 2011 and has been consistently in the top 10 ever since. Carolyn Andrews has been a top rated Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Organization and also a Top Producing agent for 2018 for the Homelight Company.