More Than Flowers: Three Different Ways to Use a Vase

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Nearly everyone has a vase or two in their home, but how often do you actually have flowers to put in those vases? Flowers are a beautiful accent and fresh accessory for any room, but there's more you can do with your favorite vases! If you'd love to use your vases without having to rely on flowers, here are three ideas that will get you moving in the right direction.

Colored Water + Floating Candle

For a beautiful decoration that couldn't be simpler, this one's a keeper. Most often seen as a centerpiece in weddings, this looks great in any home on any table. It's a year-round accent that you can even change for the seasons:

  • Fill a clear vase (or several!) with water.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring of your choice and stir.
  • Place floating candle on top and light.

Set this on your coffee table, entryway, or dining room table and enjoy how a few simple pieces can make something wonderful!


Candy is an innovative way to use your vases, especially if you have guests coming over. Who doesn't love a few pieces of candy? Your company will enjoy the creative design and the sweet treat!

  • Thoroughly wash and dry a few smaller vases.
  • Choose a small candy that will fill the vases.
  • Fill the vases as full as possible and set out in an easy-to-reach location.

For added appeal, you can sort through the candies and separate them by color, but that's not necessary—a candy-filled vase looks great with anything.

Layered Sand

You can purchase layered sand pieces in many decorating and home furnishing stores, but this will be just as lovely and cost you much, much less!

  • Buy two colors of sand (any craft or hardware store should carry it).
  • Pour one color into the vase until you have a layer anywhere from a quarter to 1 inch thick.
  • Pour in the second color until you've created a second layer.
  • Alternate colors like this until the vase is full.

If you don't have colored sand, you can use regular sand and top it off with seashells or a candle. Either way, it will be a great addition to your home.

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