Vase Filler Ideas

Vase of Many Colors - example with pennies
Vases can hold many other things besides fresh flowers. You can use a vase or jar to create a table decoration filled with marbles, stones, coins or dried beans. Top with fake or dried flowers, leaves or grasses. This is a page about vase filler ideas.

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March 1, 2019

Vase of Many Colors - flowers in gem filled mugI saw a really cute idea at a store, but didn't want to buy it. So I snapped a photo and voilà! Mine took on a life of it's own, but ultimately morphed into many possible ends.

For the various "fillings", this is a labor intensive craft, but if you only pick one, it's super fast. You could even have a fun crafting party, and it's super fun for kids (you supervise the hot glue gun)!

Total Time: 2 hours for all 6

Yield: 1-6


  • vase, needs to have a wide mouth
  • glue gun
  • 1 Toilet Paper tube
  • 6 lb Fillers: sand, crayons, pennies, gravel, buttons, gems, rice, peas, etc. ($6.00)
  • 4 faux flowers ($1.00)
  • scissors
  • wire cutters
Vase of Many Colors - supplies


  1. The shot of the smallish jar with the green beads was the one that inspired all of these. First, cut the bottom of a tp tube into little 1/4" slits. You will need them splayed out so you can glue them to the bottom of the vase.
  2. Vase of Many Colors - inspirational vase
    Vase of Many Colors - cut slits into a tp tube
    Vase of Many Colors - splay them for glueing

  3. Put the glue on the bottoms of the notches, and press down into the center of the vase. I used a glass jar with a handle as I didn't have the other kinds. If you have the kind of vase that is straight up, like from the Dollar tree, it's much easier. But this was a "challenge accepted" kind of thing.
  4. Vase of Many Colors - add glue to the cut end of the tube and attach to the bottom of the vase
  5. Now comes the fun part. I chose black eyed peas, rice, buttons, white gravel, pennies, beads, gems, and sand and went to town. If your items are small, and you don't have the straight up kind of jar, you might need some help from a small funnel.
  6. Vase of Many Colors - for small fillers you can use a funnel to help cut the mess

  7. I added gems and had fun with them. Then came the pennies. They were a challenge, but so very cool when done.
  8. Vase of Many Colors - gems
    Vase of Many Colors - example with pennies
  9. Black eyed peas just screamed fall flowers, so I went with them. Glass gems were almost left on the drawing board, as they were hard to get around the tube, but I persevered!
  10. Vase of Many Colors - fall colors for the black eyed peas
  11. Rice was the funnel challenge. I was able to use the spoon as the rice kept getting clogged up in the funnel.
  12. Vase of Many Colors - crushed white rock

  13. Buttons were fun, as sometimes I had to shake it up a bit to pack them in good. White rocks from the Dollar Tree were pretty, too, but a bit of a challenge as well.
  14. Vase of Many Colors - pennies with purple flowers
    Vase of Many Colors - buttons
    Vase of Many Colors - adding white rock
    Vase of Many Colors - alternative use as a storage for scissors and pens
  15. And lastly, the toy sand is one of my favorites. It pours in the best using the funnel, and who doesn't love purple! I never got to use the crayons, as I didn't want to break them up to get them in the jar. N-JOY!!
  16. Vase of Many Colors - adding sand
    Vase of Many Colors - purple flowers in purple sand
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