Feel free to experiment with any type of citrus when lining a vase—limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit—anything would work. It looks fancy, but there's an easy trick to this design: I place a slightly smaller vase inside a larger vase, filling the space in between with the sliced fruit. The key is to make sure that the smaller vase is only about one-quarter- to one-half-inch narrower than the larger vase, since the narrower the space, the less fruit you need to fill it.
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- Smaller vase, pint glass or plastic storage container
- Medium cylinder vase
- 6 lemons
- 1 bunch of orange tulips or yellow/orange parrot tulips
- 1 bunch of yellow tulips
- 1 bunch of orange spray roses or 8 to 10 stems of regular roses
- Thick green floral tape or rubber bands
- 3 stems of lemon leaves
1. Fill the smaller vase, pint glass or plastic container three-quarters full with water. Place it inside the medium vase.
2. Slice the lemons about 1⁄8" to 1⁄4" thick, depending on how much space there is between the two vases.
3. Place the lemon slices in between the two vases, until the space is entirely lined with lemon slices. The slices will overlap. You can cut the lemon slices in half to better fit at the top of the vase.
4. Prep all the flowers.
5. Spiral the tulips together so that the orange and yellow flowers are evenly mixed. Secure the bouquet with floral tape or a rubber band and set aside.
6. Spiral the roses together. Secure with floral tape or a rubber band.
7. Cut the stems of each bouquet so the flowers rest on the edge of the vase.
8. Place the bouquets side by side inside the inner vase. If the arrangement doesn't look full or round enough, fluff or tug gently at the flower heads to create a fuller, more domed look.
9. Cut the lemon leaves to 3" to 4" long. Create a collar of leaves around the flowers by placing the stems inside the inner vase, so the leaves drape over the entire circumference of the outer vase.
You can really use anything to line the vase—berries, seeds, legumes or candy, which is especially colorful for the holidays—although be mindful of the temperature to make sure the candy doesn't melt. It's also fun to match the flowers to what you're using to line the vase. So if you use orange slices, use some orange flowers. If you use limes, use a bright green flower like a spider mum or button mum to tie it all together.