How to Make Sprinkle Lined Vases

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Use colorful sprinkles to decorate vases to make charming party decor.  By creating a double glass vase with an interior cylinder, you can fill the outside with fun decorations for any occasion.  Here I used rainbow sprinkles for my daughter's Sprinkles birthday party.

A vase filled with rainbow sprinkles and a pink and white flower arrangement, in front of a colorful ribbon backdrop, with text overlay reading "How to Make Sprinkles Vases."

At the Sprinkles birthday party, I used sprinkles everywhere.  Everywhere. Soooo many sprinkles.  I had this vision of vases filled with sprinkles, overflowing with bountiful blooms.  

Pink peonies and white hydrangeas in a vase lined with rainbow sprinkles.

Two problems with that vision.  1) Even buying in bulk, I didn't want to use that many sprinkles (I'm cheap that way).  2)  sprinkles are water soluble, and would have turned into a muddy mess if I tried to put flower-sustaining water in my sprinkle filled vases.

The solution turns out to be very simple:  two vases per vase.   Nested vases.

How to Make Nested, Sprinkle-Filled Vases

First, you'll need two vases.  Often, you can buy two sizes of the same vase at craft or floral supply stores.  This works beautifully.

Two sizes of clear cylinder vases for making nested, filled vases.

If you are using smallish vases, an even less expensive way to accomplish the same effect is to put a clear plastic or glass cup inside your vase.

Small clear vases and clear plastic cups for making DIY nested vases.

First, put some sprinkles in the bottom of the larger vase.

Rainbow sprinkles in the bottom of a flower vase.

Once you have a layer of sprinkles covering the bottom, place your second, smaller vase inside, and fill the void between the vases with sprinkles.  I found that using a simple paper funnel was very helpful in guiding the sprinkles where I wanted them to go.

Bouquet of pink and white flowers in a vase that appears to be filled with rainbow sprinkles.

Once you have the sprinkles sandwiched in between the two vases, you can create your floral arrangement as usual, without risking ruining the sprinkles.  This was a traditional flower arrangement--water in the vase, cut stems in the water.

White daisies in a vase filled with rainbow sprinkles. I

I used this tutorial for flower pomanders from Festivities Magazine, Summer 2012 for this flower arrangement.  I decided I didn't want to see the stems in the inner vase, and this was the perfect solution.

Sprinkles-filled vase holding a plate of pink meringues with rainbow sprinkles.

Plates set on top of sprinkle-filled vases also made perfectly themed risers for confections on the Sprinkles dessert table.

Rainbow sprinkle filled vases with white daisies, surrounded by votive candles surrounded by rainbow sprinkles.

I'm thrilled with how these turned out, and how they helped me carry the theme through all aspects of the party, not just the food.  It would work equally well with confetti, slices of citrus, long grasses, glitter, Legos...the possibilities are really endless!  Are you going to give this a try?  Let me know!  I'd love to see what you come up with.

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