How to Make Flower Arrangements Inside Hurricane Vases

While hurricane vases are popularly used for candles, candies and displaying collections of small items, they're also one of the best vases to use for flower arrangements and bouquets. These commonly wide-mouthed, short-based and slightly rounded vases can hold a single tall flower, such as a star gazer lily or spray of orchids, quite elegantly, but groups of brightly colored flowers can be as appealing. Purchase fresh flowers from your local florist and don't be afraid to experiment when placing them in the vase.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh flowers
  • Fresh greenery
  • Shears or scissors
  • Colored glass or stones (optional)
  • Raffia or ribbon (optional)


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      Pick the type of hurricane vase you plan to use. Colored glass can add a different mood than clear, and if you have an etched glass vase, it will beautifully set off flowers such as roses, orchids and calla lilies.

    • 2

      Place about a 1 inch layer of stones, polished pebbles, colored glass or crystals inside the base of the vase. Or simply fill the vase about half-full with water.

    • 3

      Trim your flowers one at a time, starting with the tallest of the batch. Place the taller flowers into the vase. Add other flowers by tucking them around the taller flowers, using different heights and bloom widths. Alternate color and flower type so the bouquet is nicely blended. For example, take three blue delphiniums as the taller flowers, add six maroon dahlias around the delphiniums, then tuck in six white or pink roses between the dahlias.

    • 4

      Place a dozen strands of bear grass throughout the arrangement and fill any gaps with a few fern stems or baby's breath.

    • 5

      Pull the bouquet slightly upward and out of the vase, widening the arrangement and giving it a more loose look. Alternatively, remove the entire bouquet, clip the stems and let the flowers touch just above the lip of the vase. These are two very different looks, both of which work well for this type of vase.

    • 6

      Top off the water so it comes to about two-thirds full. Turn the arrangement to view it from all sides. If you note an imbalance of color, just move a flower or two until you get a visually appealing result.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different numbers of flowers. The very wide-mouth hurricanes can hold many flowers, but half a dozen pink calla lilies with a few strands of bear grass can make a nice presentation, too.
  • Let a few flowers drape or lean more to one side so the bouquet doesn't look like a dull bound. Alternating heights of flowers and greenery keeps it interesting.
  • Tie a few strands of raffia or around the base or neck for a different style.
  • Cut the stems of a group of all the same type of flowers, such as white rose buds, so the blossoms touch just below at the level of the rim of the vase for an entirely different look. If you do so, fill the water to just under the blossoms and omit greenery. This arrangement would literally be completely inside the vase.
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