Why You Should Use a Terrarium as a Vase

I love getting creative with floral vessels; in fact, when Kris at Driven by Decor featured me in her Tips, Tricks, and Trend series (you can catch that HERE), my first trick was “If there’s an opening, it can hold flowers”. Last week I used a terrarium as a centerpiece on this pink flamingo inspired table and before I had even finished arranging the roses, I knew what I wanted to do next. Using a smaller vase inside the clear bulbous vessel allows for tons of creativity to decorate around the base of the terrarium. This is why you should use a terrarium as a vase.

I started with this large brass terrarium (HERE), which is currently on sale for 25% off 😉 . I placed a basic clear glass vase (the cheap kind you get when flowers are delivered), small enough to clear the opening, filled with water, in the bottom of the terrarium.

Gold Terrarium for Floral Arrangement

I hadn’t planned to use white filler rocks but realized I hadn’t picked up enough clementines to fill the terrarium without that little “extra”. I wanted to go for a jewel tone schematic for this display, but as the holidays approach, I can’t wait to try some seasonal arrangements. Pinecones, mini glass ornament balls… my wheels are spinning and I can’t wait!

Placing Oranges in Flower Arrangement Terrarium Vase

I filled around the vase until I reached the top of the center vase holding the water.

Oranges in Gold Terrarium

After arranging my jewel-toned flowers, this was the final result.

Jewel Tone Floral Arrangement With Orange Fruit in Gold Terrarium

Jewel Tone Rose Flower Arrangement in Terrarium with Oranges

As a bonus, if you use a terrarium arrangement filled with fragrant fruit as a statement centerpiece, it smells absolutely incredible.

Jewel Tone Rose Centerpiece Arrangement in Elegant Dining Room with Oranges


Jewel Tone Rose Centerpiece Idea with Oranges in Terrarium

If you have any suggestions for my next arrangement, leave a note in the comment section below. And, if you end up using a terrarium as a flower vase (which let’s be honest, you totally should), send me an email!

Multi Color Roses as Flower Centerpiece Arrangement in Gold Terrarium with Oranges

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  1. 8.21.16
    Jennifer said:

    Kelley! What a beautiful arrangement! I just love how you combined orange and bright pink (one of my all time favorite color combos) plus a little red and purple to create something so glamorous!!! xoxo

    • 8.21.16

      Jen, thank you! These are more true to my last home’s colors (crazy, right?!) but I still love a little jewel toned number every once in a while 😉

  2. 8.21.16
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    This is fabulous and look how pretty that set table is! I spied a white pumpkin-shaped tureen yesterday and thought of you. I love the jewel tones!

    • 8.22.16

      Nan, thank you! I still need to break out my newest tureen 😉

  3. 8.21.16
    Tamara said:

    I love this arrangement and how incredibly unique it is! You outdo yourself every single time! And this color combo is incredible!!!!

    • 8.22.16

      Tam, thank you!! I think I see this thing a lot in my future 😉

  4. 8.21.16
    Shelly said:

    Beautiful! If the terrarium is water proof it would be lovely to float a sunflower in the water. A large hydrangea bloom would work as well.

    • 8.22.16

      Shelly, I honestly haven’t tried it to test if it is waterproof. I certainly will be though 😉

  5. 8.21.16
    Shauna said:

    genius!! I have a few of those big terrariums and can’t wait to try this new idea! Thx for the tip!

    • 8.22.16

      Shauna, I can’t wait to see what you do!!

  6. 8.22.16
    Haneen said:

    Brilliant!! SO brilliant!! Just beautiful, Kelley! Xoxo

    • 8.22.16

      Haneen, thank you! I was channeling my inner color spirit 😉

  7. 8.24.16
    Bree said:

    Genius idea Kelley! Love every single tip you share!!! 🙂

    • 8.25.16

      Bree, thank you! YOU give the best tips, too! xoxo

  8. 11.14.16
    Braden Bills said:

    I’m trying to come up with a good way to display some flowers. I didn’t know that a terrarium like that could make such a good vase! Unfortunately I don’t have any like that. I’ll see if I can find a vase that looks similar.