When decorating with vintage bud vases, I often drift back to childhood. I will remember that someone would snip a pretty rose and put it in a bud vase.
It seemed like a lot of luscious fragrance came from that one little flower. In this case, less was more.
Now I’m an adult and I understand that sometimes all you need is just one or two little flowers to bring joy to a room.
What is a bud vase? For those unfamiliar, a bud vase “is a small, usually narrow vessel, sized and shaped to hold a single flower”. A bud vase can also hold a couple or a few flowers. The bud vase is designed “to highlight the boldness of a single stem!”
Tulips mean spring is here. Or almost here. Rows of tulips, according to how many bulbs you planted in the fall, will emerge with a lovely flower.
Put a tulip or two in a bud vase and enjoy it on the window sill above your sink. Or in a guest room when guests are expected any minute.
One or a few tulips in a bud vase just makes things feel extra special.
At this wedding, guests’ name and seating assignments were wrapped around each bud vase.
What a wonderful way to decorate the table with bud vases. Not only to show off pretty flowers, but also to guide guests to their seating positions when food is about to be served.
This is a romantic tablescape with soft pink roses and candles scattered around the table.
It could be the setting for an anniversary dinner, a birthday, or just because.
What a pretty little display. One white flower with a variety of greenery surrounding it.
The white flower is the star of the show. But the greenery is the cast that’s supporting it.
This sweet little bouquet would look adorable at a little girl’s birthday or tea party. Or one for mom to display at her book club.
The Invention Of Bud Vases:
Automobile vases first started appearing in the late 1800s. Not as an interesting novelty, but out of necessity.
The vases, often filled with fresh, fragrant flowers, were used as air fresheners. This was to help cover engine odors and the scent of passengers themselves in pre-air-conditioned interiors.
This was the case with the iconic VW Beetle. The bud vases was one of the extras that made this vehicle truly special.
The small German sedan came to represent the “flower power” generation. No vehicle was known for floral displays quite like the Beetle and its dashboard bud vase.
Repurposing Bud Vases:
Or if you’re in a crafty mood, repurpose bud vases in some way. You can probably get them for a small price at thrift stores.
If you’re going to make a splash, how about making a very big splash. With color!
These are Anthropologie inspired illustrated vases using glass paint by DecoArt.
Hand Painted Glass Bud Vases:
These pretty in pink vases had another life as clear glass vases picked up at the thrift store.
But with the creative efforts of one DIYer, they are now a stunning shade of pink.
You can find the instructions here.
Paint Dipped Bud Vases:
These cute little paint dipped bud vases would make a great gift. For the neighbors at holidays. Or to hand out to guests at your home when they leave.
You can find the instructions for the paint dipped bud vases here.
My Love Of Vintage Bud Vases:
I’ve always loved vintage bud vases. You can usually find them in Etsy shops. Or you could head out to your local thrift shops or antique malls to see what you can find.
Maybe you’ve had vintage bud vases handed down to you by someone in your family. When you put them out you’ll also have the memories of that special relative.
If you have them packed in boxes or somewhere, get them out. It would be a shame to hide them away.
Put them on display so you can enjoy seeing them and having the scent of flowers in your home.
Or if you have an herb garden, go outside and snip herbs to bring indoors for your bud vases.