Vintage Cans and Tins DIY

In one of the weddings I did last summer, the bride asked for the vases to be vintage and as eclectic as possible. On one of my antiquing trips to fulfill this wish, I came across a bunch of vintage beer and soda cans ($2-3 each), as well as a couple of older tins. These were used with great success in the wedding, and I recently pulled them out of storage to use for this cute DIY. If you find old cans, the best way to remove the top is with a side/edge can opener - it removes it cleanly and without any sharp edges. You can use any flowers that you like, but I used hellebores, blackberries, violas, mint, japanese privet, freesia, and garden phlox. I placed these cans in two ways - one as a table centerpiece, and the other on some stools in an empty fireplace. They are cute just about anywhere.

These cans work well as a clustered centerpiece on a rectangular dining table. / Kiana Underwood

Clearing out your fireplace for a day or two and putting floral arrangements inside is a beautiful way to dress up a room and brighten a typically dark space. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

For each can, trim and place your desired flowers until you have achieved the desired fill and color scheme. Vintage cans are versatile - and the often eclectic colors don't need to match your florals. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

Additional views on the table: / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

And some more in the fireplace: / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

I hope that you'll give it a try!

All photography by Heather Zweig

Used Candle Containers As Flower Vases

How many of you keep your used candle jars and wonder what to do with them? Some of these containers are so pretty that it just doesn't make sense to throw them out. I store them in the closet, and recycle my favorites as vessels for flowers - in this case - creating a centerpiece. / Kiana Underwood

You can choose pretty much any flower or green you desire. Here is what I chose:

a. Hellebores b. Daphne odora (the aroma of this flower is simply exquisite) c. Ornamental kale d. Ranunculus e. Vintage pink carnations f. Mint / Kiana Underwood

Hellebores are some of my favorite flowers, so when they are in season (Spring), I try to use them as much as possible. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

Begin by dispersing the Daphne and mint inside the jars. / Kiana Underwood

Add the hellebores and ranunculus where there is space allowing the flowers to hold their natural droop. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

Finally add the Carnations and the Kale to add some fluff and green to the centerpiece. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

Carnation Centerpiece

Carnations have a reputation as a cheap flower in the United States, and their usage remains as such in many retail florist's shops. It wasn't always this way, as the status of the carnation was much higher in the early 20th century as a symbol of love and devotion (more so than the rose), and remains so in many parts of the world. There are some carnations that are not particularly exciting; however, there are many fantastic examples that have wonderful color and texture, and can be used with great success in the most refined of arrangements. I came across these beautiful antique pink carnations at the San Francisco Flower Mart a few days ago, and used them along with yellow ranunculus, white and pink hellebores, ornamental kale, and pink Daphne in a dinner party centerpiece this weekend. Even these beautiful examples remain inexpensive, as a bunch of 20 was $9. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood