Flowers. I HEART flowers. It’s that time of year where you see lots of hearts and flowers. I’ve already shown you my paper heart projects. It’s now time to talk about flowers.
Vase Fillers. You’ve seen them. You know what I’m talking about. Beads, gems, marbles, flower petals, or small fruits. I’ve even seen conversation hearts used. There are so many ways to dress up a vase. I like the idea of putting a vase within a vase so you can place the filler in between them.
So, I started to think of things I already have. I have girls who love jewelry (well so do I). We have quite a collection of bead necklaces. Most were given to my girls as party favor gifts. So, if you have lots of these long beaded necklaces OR maybe you yourself have plenty of bead-like necklaces, then this project may interest you.
I admit, though, I bought the necklaces for this particular arrangement. I wanted it to be Valentine-themed. Plus, I know it will definitely be put to use by my girls whether they wear it or give some away as gifts. The heart necklaces are from Michaels on sale at 40% off. I paid $4.80 for a total of 12 heart-shaped beaded necklaces.
For this project, my personal challenge was to NOT use a lot of necklaces. If you place the necklaces into a vase piled on top of each other, then you’ll end up needing several necklaces.
I was able to use only 12 necklaces for a medium sized vase by simply letting them “hang.”
Here’s what I did:
Put a smaller vase inside another vase. Place necklaces along some ribbon. Insert necklaces between the 2 vases covering the outer vase’s rim. You want the necklaces hanging inside although a part of them (depending on how long they are) will lie at the bottom of the vase. Pull and tie ribbon around vase. Please Note: You will need a vase with a lip so the ribbon tied around it is secure and won’t slip upwards. See pictures below for a better visual on how to do this.
A close-up view…
I love how the hanging the beads lets you see the heart shapes better.
And so you can see how it may look with another vase and other bead necklaces…
I can not wait to try out some other bead necklace designs for future floral arrangements.