You can transform the look of a simple vase by lining it with fresh leaves. I use this technique in my floral design work at Fly Me To The Moon Florists.
Wrapping a leaf on the inside of a vase works best with square, round or rectangular vases. You may need several leaves depending on the size and shape of your vase. Any soft and pliable leaf will do.
Here's what you'll need:
Leaves - an aspidistra leaf, works best and can be purchased from a florist.
Vase - square, round or rectangular vase
Here's how to line the vase with the leaf:
1. Select a leaf that is large enough to cover the entire vase. If the leaves are too small, you may have to use more than one leaf to completely cover the vase.
2. Remove any dirt on the leaf with a damp paper towel.
3. Cut off the stem of the leaf
4. Bend the leaf into a circle small enough to fit in the vase.
5. Place the leaf in the vase and let it go. If it doesn't cover the vase completely, repeat steps 1-4 with another leaf. Position it either closer to the top or bottom to cover exposed area.
Totally confused? Watch this very short video entitled, "Design Tip: Enhance A Glass Vase Design With Aspidistra Leaves."
Wrap A Vase with Long Grass
You can achieve a different look by using a long grass, like steel grass. Wrap it around your hand. Put your hand into a bubble vase and let it go. Move the grass around until most of the vase is covered. This technique doesn't require complete coverage.
Please let me know what you think about lining vases with foliage for flower arrangements in the comments below.