Along with my collection of ever handy, mostly clear glass vases, that I constantly use from Spring to Fall as receptacles for the ever-changing bouquets of flowers that come into the house, I have a large collection of small clear glass bottles. The clear glass bottles are perfect vessels for making petite arrangements in, or for holding that one perfect flower head. A small grouping of glass bottles, repurposed as vases, can be used throughout the house. These are some of the places I use mine, you might like trying them in your home also.
In the dining room, I like to stagger the heights of the flower arrangements. I always have one predominant center piece on the table, be it a flower arrangement, or some other kind of decorative object, but to move the colors of flowers across the top of the table from a centrally placed flower arrangement, I will also have either individual flower heads (stems cut short) in small glass vases, or small simple bouquets consisting of just a few flowers that I place down the center of the table working toward both ends. By doing that, I move the colors and plant texture across my table, versus isolating it just in the center. A person could also have one single flower in a small bottle in front of each person’s table setting.
A second place where a grouping of possibly 3, 4 or 5 small matched bottles could be used is on the window sill above the sink in the kitchen. I love bringing in heads of roses, a few lily of the valley, pansies, peonies, bleeding hearts, grape hyacinth, etc and just having one or just a few flower heads in each vase. They make perfect specimens to look at.
The third option would be to place one to three flower filled bottles on a living room end table, coffee table, front hall credenza, or bed side table. Just little touches like that make such a difference.
The fourth place, a must here at Whimsey Hill House, is having a little flower arrangement on the top of the toilet tank. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a little something to look at.
When it comes to making your collection of small glass bottles, you have many inexpensive options. I am always looking at the shapes of jars that marmalade, jellies and jams, and Maraschino cherries come in, as well as votive candle holders, and even the bottles that individual servings of syrup come in from my local Cracker Barrel (a family friendly restaurant). Some jars are round and tall, others octagonal and squat, you will also find oval and square shapes. Small antique medicine bottles can also be used. I try to have (collect over time) 4 of each shape, so I can display them in multiples. A person could also mix up shapes and sizes if desired, like the cover illustration for this post. The nice thing about clear glass bottles is that you enjoy the product that came in them first, afterwards you enjoy them as holders for your favorite flowers. Happy Collecting ;-}
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