DIY Lemon Vase Flower Arrangement

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1 Hour

Find tips to create a flower arrangement using lemons and centerpiece for a summer table.

I had a blog challenge to use lemons in a flower arrangement. I used my favorite  ‘vase within a vase’ method for flower arranging, using two vases,

a smaller one placed inside a larger one. The wall between the vases can be filled

with decorative material of your choice to conceal the flower stems

and match your theme for your table.

Here are the easy steps:

The number of lemons you’ll need will depend on the size of your vase and your lemons.

I used 5 large lemons to fill the walls of my vase.

After slicing your lemons, remove any seeds that might float loose once the lemons are submerged in water.

My larger vase was 8 inches tall x 6 inches wide and my smaller vase was 6 inches by 4 1/2 inches.

I placed a layer of lemon slices on the bottom of the larger vase

to elevate the smaller vase slightly.

Use a wooden skewer to help arrange your slices between the walls of your vases if needed.

Make sure your lemon slices packed tightly or are slightly shingled

so they won’t shift or float once you add your water to the walls of your vase.

Note: If you add lemon slices to the bottom of your vase,

add water to your vase for your flowers first so it’s weighted,

before adding the water to the lemons between the walls of your vases,

to prevent your inner vase from floating.

I cut some flowers from the garden and shrubs to fill the vase. Endless Summer Hydrangeas are starting to fade from vibrant blue to softer blues and greens.

They’re joining some Chaste tree blooms (Vitex), abelia sprigs cut from the shrubs, hosta leaves and some variegated mint from a planter.

Here is the arrangement with garden flowers. My lemon slice vase looked fresh for four days before the water began to turn cloudy.

Tip: Adding floral preservative packets to your vase will help prolong the life of your flowers. If you don't have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

I added mini lemon ‘vases’ are at each placesetting, filled with garden blooms. The mini lemon vases are easy to create by cutting a hole in your lemon with a paring knife.

Scoop out the flesh to add your blooms. I used a melon baller to scoop a little “well”

inside the lemon to hold water and flowers.

I filled the mini lemons with hydrangea blooms, angelonia from a planter and abelia sprigs from the shrubs. The lemon vase can be used as a take-away favor for your guests.

I decided to add some cut lemons to the flowers using bamboo skewers for some interest and fragrance.

Click over via the blue "go" button below to visit the blog post to find:

  • More photos and table sources
  • Flower arrangement longevity tips
  • How to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting
  • Additional floral inspiration from my blogging friends
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  • Lailasultani Lailasultani on Jul 06, 2021

    where Did u find ur placer mats for ur dishes?

  • Alice Alice on Jun 30, 2023

    You have created a truly lovely table, I would feel so welcome and relaxed sitting at it. One question, if you sliced a thin piece off the bottoms of the lemon mini vases wouldn't they sit upright on their own without the little vessels? The lemons would be showier but, of course, this might be exactly the look you wanted. Again, it is a lovely table.

  • Vicki Vicki on Jun 30, 2023

    I love the idea of smaller lemon vases at each place setting. Where did you get the small vessel/holders?

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  • Adrienne Hochee Adrienne Hochee on Jul 07, 2022

    At first, I didn't see who created this post but after reading through, I just knew this had to be Mary. Hands down. Then I scrolled back up and yes it sure was Mary. You have such a recognizable style, my dear. Kudos!

  • Kor55461627 Kor55461627 on Jun 30, 2023

    love them both, and the mini scooped out lemon, could also

    be used as a candle holder for an evening table setting.

    Good job Mary!