How to Make a Glass Cylinder Vase Centerpiece With Flowers

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Showcasing tall glass cylinder vases in floral centerpieces gives you creative possibilities because the vase is transparent. Long-stemmed flowers like calla lilies, bird-of-paradise, lilies, sunflowers and delphiniums work well in such vases. Take the arrangement a step further and place cranberries, lemons, limes, colored marbles, sea shells or crystal beads in the water to cover stems and add visual interest. Instead of arranging flowers above the glass vase, make a submerged flower centerpiece.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Scissors or sharp knife
  • Aquarium glue
  • Fishing weight
  • Clear fishing line
  • Distilled water
  • Colored marbles, sand, seashells (optional)
  • Measure the height of the vase so you can trim the flower stems to fit inside completely submerged. Cut the stems 1/2 to 1 inch shorter than the height. For multiple flowers at different heights, cut the tallest flower and position others next to it where you want them to be. Cut off the excess so all the stems are even at the bottom.

  • Squirt aquarium glue on the end of the talest flower stem, and stick the glue end to the inside bottom of the vase. Hold the stem in place until the glue sets.

  • Repeat the gluing process with the next tallest flower until all the flowers are in the vase. Do not overload the vase with too many blooms; open areas are more attractive.

  • Examine the glass vase, with the flowers inside, from every angle to make sure the blooms are placed correctly and look attractive from all sides. Rearrange flowers as necessary. It is easier to adjust the flower placement before you fill the vase with water.

  • Fill the tall cylinder glass vase with distilled water up to 1/2 inch from the rim. Distilled water will not create bubbles on flowers and glass sides like tap water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select the flowers you want to submerge in the vase. Lilies, tulips, roses, orchids and flowers that bloom on a branch work well. Make sure the flower is not wider than the vase.
  • To better visualize flower placement, experiment with silk flowers identical to the fresh flowers. Cut the stems to the appropriate lengths and carefully place them in the vase. Turn the vase around to see all sides, and adjust flowers accordingly. Use this model as a reference for the fresh flower submerged arrangement.
  • Attach small metal fishing weights to stem bottoms by tying them on with clear fishing line instead of glue, which can be difficult to remove later. This will weigh the stems down and keep them in place. Cover the weights with colored pebbles, beads or marbles.
  • Choose flowers without flaws. Glass magnifies objects, so any imperfections on the flowers or exposed fishing line will be noticed.

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