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Vase Within a Vase

Martha Stewart Living, April 2011

With their long, curvy stems, tulips are quite elegant -- unless you try to arrange them in your favorite widemouthed vase. If you do, the blooms will tumble haphazardly all over the place. Here's a clever way to corral tulips or any bendy-stemmed flowers.

Vase Within a Vase How-To

Cluster flowers in a narrow cylinder, which gives structure to the arrangement while letting the stems fall into a graceful shape, and then hide the cylinder inside a wider, taller container.

This is also a good way to protect the inside of a delicate vase or display flowers in a vessel that's not watertight.

Comments (8)

  • 3 May, 2011

    we must go deeper

  • 3 May, 2011

    Use clear plastic drinking straws to keep the flower upright. Simply slip the flower stem inside the straw. For shorter flower stems, cut the straw to fit. Use copper pennies dated prior to 1980.

  • 3 May, 2011

    Pennies changed in composition in 1983. The pennies made since then are toxic when kids and pets eat them; a little trivia for you.

  • 3 May, 2011

    What mint years of pennies have the right copper level for this, Peggy?

  • 3 May, 2011

    Pennies do help, but they have to contain former "copper" levels, so the date of the penny is important. Pennies currently distributed and for last several decades do not have these tulip saving properties.

  • 3 May, 2011

    Also, add a copper penny to the water...it keeps the blooms tighter longer.

  • 3 May, 2011

    I just saw that last night on local news,cant wait to try it!!!

  • 3 May, 2011

    Place a few pennies in the vase with the water and the flowers last longer