Flowers are kind of a no-brainer when it comes to a quick way to spruce up a room. But what a lot of people don't realize is that there are actually a ton of creative ways to use fresh flowers that don't just entail shoving them in a vase and putting them on a table.
I'm personally a huge fan of flowers — I just love the way they make a space feel. And according to feng shui expert Rodika Tchi, there may be a very good reason for this. "The feng shui use of the flowers symbol is based on the same universal feeling that flowers evoke in all humans - a feeling of beauty, grace, and a delicate, alive sensuality," she wrote in a piece for the About.com Home section. She also noted that, "Alive flowers are the best choice for your home, as they bring a strong healing energy."
Regardless of whether or not you buy into the "energy" of a flower, I think we can all agree that they're incredibly beautiful and generally serve as a great accent piece both for everyday use and special occasions. If you have something special on the calendar coming up, or are just in a super creative DIY mood, here are eight unique ways to use fresh flowers in your living space.
1. Cake Decoration
Flowers make for an absolutely beautiful and unique cake top. Just be sure you remember to wrap the ends in aluminum foil to keep your cake tasting great!
2. Ditch The Vase
Interior designer Jenna Burger has an entire post on her website with a ton of cool and creative containers to keep your flowers in other than a basic flower vase. Tea cups and tin cans make for some of her top choices and will create a super rustic decoration.
3. Lightbulb Displays
Leaping off of ditching the vase, a hanging lightbulb display for a single flower (or a string of hanging flowers) looks so incredibly cool and is sure to impress any guests who pay you a visit. Plus, it's a great way to repurpose old lightbulbs.
4. Black Light Flowers
Black light flowers make for an incredibly unique and inexpensive decoration for evening get togethers. You'll just need to make sure you start the day before you'll need them so that the white flowers have ample time to soak up the UV water.
5. Press Them For Displays
Pressed flowers are not only pretty easy to make, but they are usable for all kinds of home decorations — from jars, to candles, to just basic picture frames. This how-to video from Jamie Pettiti with Gurl.com will teach you how you can dry, press, and decorate flowers from start to finish.
6. Floating Flower Centerpiece
This one is a super pretty and romantic centerpiece display from YouTuber Lovekisses99. And if you don't love the tall vase look, you can always swap the vase for a lower, wider container for a slightly different look.
7. Inverted Wine Glass Display
Inverted wine glass centerpieces are so cool and so simple to make, and they're also way more interesting than flower and candle displays on their own. All you need are some large flowers, wine glasses, and a few candles that can stand on their own.
8. Homemade Rosewater
OK, so this one isn't technically a decoration, but it's definitely a super awesome use of fresh flowers that is also WAY less expensive than your average high quality rose water bought from a store. Beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson with POPSUGAR tells us exactly how to make rose water for ourselves in the above video for a refreshing face and body spritz.
Flowers don't have to be boring — in fact with a little prep work they can become one of the most special and unique aspects of your home display. So if you're feeling the home decorating doldrums, give some of these ideas a try!