The vase was from a flower arrangement that my husband sent me a few months ago. The flowers were amazing, the sentiment was touching, and the vase was WOW. I just loved the color, the shape, everything. What's nice about it beyond all that is that it's SUBSTANTIAL, but the opening is narrow, so you don't need a ton to fill it up and have it look full and stay upright.
I tossed in a few chunks of Styrofoam to serve as a base. I then turned my attention to the fillers. While unpacking my Easter decorations, I found a little baggie filled with fabric carrots and flowers that my mom had made. She was making one of those cloth baby books where you have numbers to match, buttons to do, zippers to zip, etc. She didn't like the way her carrots had turned out, so she started over and gave me the rejects. I had planned to make a garland, but hadn't gotten around to it. Anyway, with a little hot glue and some bamboo skewers...
... I ended up with this.
I really like how it's a fun play on a floral centerpiece. I also like how it was free. I like that part a lot.
It will look great (I hope hope hope) on my treats table. Lots of height and visual interest. And did I mention that it was free?