If you're like me, I have more vases than I ever get flowers (hint, hint) so when I came across this article on the Real Simple website, I just had to share! Here is the list of ways to get your vases out of the cabinets and out on display! 1. As a Sculptural Bookend. Fill It With: Seashells, marbles, stones, or any other small objects that provide a visual treat and are heavy enough to both anchor the vase and hold up your books. For a serene look, keep all the items in shades of one color — perhaps with a single black-sheep standout for contrast. 2. A picture frame. Line It With: A strip of pretty paper displaying one of your favorite snapshots — or a row of them. (Note: This idea works only with straight-sided vases, not ones that taper.) Measure the inside height of the vase, then wrap a string around it to determine the circumference. This will tell you the size of the piece of paper you'll need. Cut the paper a bit longer than the string so there's overlap, roll it into a tube, then slide it into the vase to confirm that you have a perfect fit. Next, take the paper out and attach the photo (or photos) with acid-free double-sided tape. Slide the paper back into the vase, and use a little piece of regular tape on the inside to secure the paper where the edges overlap. Presto! 3. As a cooking tools holder. Fill It With: Spatulas, mixing spoons, whisks, strainers, and the like — then assign it a prime spot on a countertop near the stove. You'll have easy access to the tools at a moment's notice, and the clear glass will show them off nicely. 4. As a cake stand! Fill It With: Spatulas, mixing spoons, whisks, strainers, and the like — then assign it a prime spot on a countertop near the stove. You'll have easy access to the tools at a moment's notice, and the clear glass will show them off nicely. 5. Invert It Over: A piece of coral, a conch shell, a spray of silk flowers, a signed baseball — any objet that merits a spot at center stage in your home. Place your treasure on a plate with a flat center and upend the vase over it. This will make the display easy to move (say, when you want to dust under, not just around). There you have it: an art show you can change in minutes whenever the mood strikes.
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