What goes around comes around || flower vase DIY

My husband took my baby girl (she’s 5) out one Saturday morning for breakfast. When they came home she had a vase with flowers in it – just for moi! Yay!!

Hubs is sweet like that (for bringing me flowers, NOT for ditching me for breakfast)

Eventually the flowers died (these things lasted like 3 weeks!) and I was left with this cute little vase.


I’m such a sucker for little glass vases.

So most normal people would probably just give it to Goodwill, but I buy from Goodwill, not donate to Goodwill. I think it would be morally wrong for me to actually give something to Goodwill. Besides, I’m waaay too cheap for that. My crap gets sold on Craigslist, thankyouverymuch.

Rambling, sorry. Mmm-k, I found this cheesy sunflower and stuck it in the vase.


A) the flower is too tall

B) it needs some filler or a little somin’ somin’ (whoops, not that type of blog, sorry)

C) it doesn’t stand up straight (no one likes a crooked flower)

D) “Allison, are you really considering that fake flower for your home decor?” Why yes. Yes I am.

Let’s start with A

If you need to cut floral stuff-ffff don’t use a pair of scissors. Use some pliars that have a little cutter-thingy on them.



Now that that’s taken care of, on to B

I like to try out lots of different looks before I decide which one wins out.


Rocks? I like the rocks, but you can still see the base of the flower which might be ok, but it’s totally buggin’ on me.


Raffia? Oh geeze, for cryin’ out loud. Burn the raffia already.

My mom is raffia queen, so it’s just in my blood to try to use it on every. single. project. Kinda like little painted wooden figures or puff-paint shirts. Some things are really just better off left in the 80’s.


Moss? Considering it’s my 3rd and only option left, Moss it is!! I’m sure hubs is thrill-to-the-D that I chose moss instead of a trip to Michael’s. Again. For the 12th time this week.

Okay, so on to C. Nobody likes a wonky flower.

Yes, I just said wonky.

Get out your glue gun – I prefer the mini cheapest-glue-gun-at-Michael’s gun. ‘Cause it’s cheap. And mini! Mini things are SO much ca-uter.


Did you know you can get a pack of 25 glue sticks from the 99 cent store?


Put a blob of hot gule on the end of the flower stem. This is not a precise science peeps. Just blob it on.


Now cram your flower stem into the vase and hold it real still for at least 20 minutes. Don’t move a muscle or you will totally screw this up.

OMG I kid, I kid. Don’t freak out. Just hold it for like 30 20 10 5-7 seconds.


And that, my friends is how to make a stem stand up in a vase. You can also use that green foam floral stuff, but who wants to pay for that? And plus, you don’t want green floral foam stuff showing through your vase. Clean lines only.

Now you get your moss and use a very fancy expensive tool to delicately place it at the bottom of the vase.


Or you can just do what I did and use a butter knife and cram it in there. That works too.


And there you have it. The cheap, cutting-the-corners, ubber crafty way to put a cheap flower in a free vase.

Now where should I put it? The granite bar or the side table? (‘Cause that’s where everything else I craft goes, right?). Nope, not today. I’ve got a surprise in store for you today.


The mantle-less mantle! Can you believe I was actually able to put something on a non-existent mantle?

Good thing I cleaned up behind me before I took the picture… errr, uh, never mind.


That is a dog on the couch, not some gross fur ball!!! (In fact, I’m considering having the dog be my next giveaway. Anyone want a cute Yorkie that refuses to be 100% housebroken?) And yes, that is a snorkel on the floor. Don’t ask. I don’t know. We don’t even have a pool nearby.


See that cute little red box in the right-hand corner? My adorable 9-year old sister made that for *me* and mailed it to me for Valentine’s Day. <3


Next time I decide to do a tutorial on how to stick a flower in a vase, remind me to not buy the first flower I see that’s less than a dollar when I’m racing through Michael’s trying to get in and out before they close. Kinda a cheesy choice.

On second thought, this vase is going to look just adorable in my 5-year olds room. Karma’s a bi… Oh, wait, I selected on my profile that this blog is G rated. Oops. How about this instead?

Hey, what goes around comes around.

Awww, I’m teasing. You all know I absolutely adore my kids.

And in conclusion, the moral of the story is, once again, hot glue rocks.


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  1. I think that’s actually a Gerber Daisy… I could be wrong though. Anyway, so cute! Kinsey will <3 it!

  2. Too cute! And yes, it is a sweet little daisy! Be blessed. Cindy

  3. Oh I just love your humor 😆 ! Great job on the flower!

  4. I love it with the moss. I have a big daisy like that in a more subdued (wink, wink) white that I stuck in an old glass milk bottle with some clear and milky colored glass pebbles. Might have to add some moss to mine! Love the look!

  5. Very cute. Would have never thought of gluing it to the bottom of the vase. 😛

  6. I love that Gerber daisy…it’s not cheesy at all! My favorite flower!

    I was LOL’ing at your sense of humor!!

  7. I was all set today to make a “cloche” because I adored yours. I went to Goodwill and nothing, NOTHING! I couldn’t find any of the things I needed! So sad 🙁
    But I found 2 other goodies (well I think they’re goodies) and I might post about them tomorrow!
    Just wanted you to know all the effort I went through–and that you were my inspiration! 🙂

  8. Just wanted you to know that I made the monogrammed knife block, and posted it on my blog with a link to you. Thanks for the idea!!!


  9. I just wanted you to know that I made your monogrammed knife block, and posted it on my blog today. GREAT idea!


  10. Very funny. I just might have to mail you all of the stuff I normally give to Goodwill and see what you can do with it. Hmmm … that might be a fun event….

  11. Hi ! Stopping by from MBC. Love your blog.

  12. Hot glue is the duct tape of my household 🙂

  13. I agree, hot glue rocks, except the stringy residue stuff. LOL!

  14. Great idea – it is a very pretty flower and I like the way it stands now that you glued. Stopping by from BNOTP.

  15. That is great, I love that you just glued it to the bottom!

  16. Very smart! That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing at Anything Related!

  17. Sweet! Nice tip!

  18. Very cute. I like the smooth rocks a lot too.

  19. Thanks so much for the tutorial! You have really great ideas. Have a wonderful day!

  20. You are so funny. When I read your tutorials, I feel like we’re sitting down and having a conversation. With pictures.

    Hot gluing your flower stem? Such a good idea.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  21. Very funny post!

  22. I truly enjoyed reading this. Love your sense of humor 🙂

  23. What a great idea! I would have been trying to find some other way to finagle the flower to stay put. Glue…duh! 😉

  24. great idea – i like it

  25. This is really cute.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

  26. OK, now, see? Now I have to follow you and add you to my side bar because you made me laugh..and I like your crafts, and, well, this was just too darned fun not to visit again and I have a great memory, it’s just short…ba-bam! Anyway, gald I found you and I’ll be back..

  27. “GOLD I found you?

  28. Looks great! Thanks for sharing at ‘Look at me, I’m SO Crafty!’ at Fun to Craft.

  29. Hmmm…I find the casual tilt of a flower just plopped into a vase to be sort of charming. A flower standing perfectly straight up and going against everything nature intended is just too freaky for me, it looks too contrived. But then, the tilted flower look is more likely to be seen on those cottage-y shabby chic type blogs. Don’t care for all those doilies and the ruffles and the endless PINK STUFF either. I must find a happy medium somewhere….

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