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Lantern Vase


Make a vase to match your flowers with a Chinese paper lantern and a small drinking glass. You'll find the accordion-style lanterns in many colors at party-supply stores. Trace the top of the glass onto the top of the lantern. Cut out that circle using scissors. Then slide in the glass, allowing the top of the lantern to catch on the lip of the glass, keeping the lantern "open." Pour water into the glass, then add a handful of flowers, such as these zinnias, with their stems cut short so the blooms cluster at the top of the lantern.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2005