Balloon Vase

I know Spring has arrived when my daughters start bringing me bouquets of freshly picked (and incredibly tiny) flowers. Their heartfelt offerings of Snowdrops, Violets & Bluebells make the most charming gifts, however, finding a vase to hold them is not an easy task (many times these clippings are under 2-inches in height). I decided to put an end to this problem and came up with a chic and modern vessel to hold my most cherished bouquets.

A balloon and a glass votive candle holder are all you'll need to make this diminutive vase that can effectively hold even the smallest of flowers.

I used a 12" balloon and a 2" glass votive.

Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut off about 1-inch at the mouth of the balloon. It is important to leave the narrow part of the balloon intact as this will serve as the neck of the vase.

Slip the cut balloon over the glass votive and, depending on your preference, pull out the opening – or push it inside.

A balloon vase.

If you are looking for a craft to work on with a group of kids, you could make these as a Mother’s Day gift – as I believe most Moms have this happy problem.


  1. Sylvie Créative  March 23, 2011

    How nice! Lovely idea!

  2. mollie  March 23, 2011

    what a beautiful solution!

  3. kristin  March 23, 2011


  4. Brenda  March 23, 2011

    Now…this is what I call “crafty, creative and simply wonderful” Love it !!!
    I’m a grandmother

  5. shalini  March 23, 2011

    Wow, how interesting and unique! It’s a really great idea.

  6. dede  March 23, 2011

    Hi Camilla,
    I want to compliment you on your blog… it is beautiful and inspiring. I’ve used some of your craft and decor ideas, and I always smile at your posts. Please keep going. And thanks for your work.
    (in La Grange Park, IL)

    • camilla  March 23, 2011

      Thanks dede,
      That is the kindest thing! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. I really appreciate it 🙂 Camilla

  7.  March 23, 2011

    fabulous and fun idea, thanks for sharing.

  8. found it made it  March 23, 2011

    Oh my goodness, these vases are absolutely brilliant! I’m totally having a facepalm-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment. Great work dear!

  9. fee@chippernelly  March 23, 2011

    1 word…genius
    fee x

  10. Heather @ Life Gluten Free  March 23, 2011

    Before I saw how you made these (with a balloon!) I was convinced they were painted ceramic vases. They are so pretty and how simple too. So I am not the only one with that problem? 🙂 Last spring my daughter brought my these sweet tiny flowers too and I ended up putting them in a very small mason jar.

  11. catie  March 23, 2011

    this is brilliant ~ cannot wait to try it!
    i have used a vintage salt shaker as a vase for tiny flowers,
    with the thinnest of stems poked through the holes in the top. ♥

  12. Decora Recicla Imagina…  March 23, 2011

    Is It true? Oh my God! You are a genius! Thank’s for sharing!

  13. Jen  March 23, 2011

    Brilliant! I can’t wait to create these. I currently have a vase full of twigs and super dried flowers that were left in the garden from last year and picked this spring. My daughter picked them so I love them just the same. I can’t wait for the flowers to start blooming here… it will be a while, we just got a last season snow storm today. Lovely.

  14. Hannah  March 26, 2011

    This is the coolest idea!

  15. Bonnie@WhatAboutPie  March 26, 2011

    Ok, you have just thoroughly impressed me! Clever, clever, clever. We have not had any tiny little flowers poking up here yet…but, I can’t wait when they do. This makes such a cute vase! The first photo on this post…..I thought it was a ceramic vase! I would have never ever guessed that that was a balloon! I love it!

    • camilla  March 26, 2011

      Thanks Bonnie! C

  16. lena muniz  March 27, 2011

    i loved! tks! i shared, ok? your link is there!

    • camilla  March 27, 2011

      Thanks Lena! Your site is lovely, C

  17. Princesstefer  March 29, 2011

    <3 this idea! 🙂

  18. tamzen  March 30, 2011

    Hi camilla,
    a wonderful wonderful blog, you are a creative guru!- I’ve used this idea and credited you on a blog post- forthcoming on 4/9 – I’ve linked to your blog, and hope you will let me use the idea. Just inspired and every project you come up with is unique!

    • camilla  March 30, 2011

      Thank you Tamzen! I am so flattered, thanks for letting me know. Have a wonderful day, Camilla

  19. adriana  March 30, 2011

    me encanto tu idea, adelante.-

  20. Kristel  March 31, 2011

    Mais quelle idée géniale!

  21. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts  March 31, 2011

    this is awesome! i am linking at my new site decor hacks next week!

    • camilla  March 31, 2011

      Thanks Heather!!! I can’t wait to see your new site -Congratulations!

  22. deise  April 2, 2011

    It´s a freat ideia!!!!!
    Deise – Brazil

  23. Madelise  April 11, 2011

    Fantastic! I put tiny arrangements in perfume bottles… once all the perfume is used up, remove the spray nozzle part with pliers. Rinse the bottle very well of course. The perfume bottle neck is narrow to hold up short stems and the bottles are always elegant.

  24. Tabea  April 12, 2011

    Thats great! How does someone get such a fantastic idea?!

  25. Casey  April 21, 2011

    This is such an awesome idea! I’m planning my 60’s theme housewarming party next month and little colored vases will be perfect for the table! Thanks!

  26. Cristina  April 22, 2011

    This is just brilliant!! Must try this!

    • camilla  April 22, 2011

      Thanks Cristina! I want to try metallic balloons next – I think these would look great in silver. Take Care, Camilla

  27. Kimberly michelle  April 28, 2011

    Just pinned this!

    • camilla  April 28, 2011

      Hi Kimberly, So glad to hear it – thank you! C

  28. Mimi  April 29, 2011

    Just when I think I have seen the most amazing thing I find your WAY more than amazing blog. I, too, thought the vase was porcelain or ceramic. But it’s a balloon! I hope it is okay to share your post {and a link to you} Because there is some serious good stuff going on here. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your ideas and creations. They are so fresh and unique! Love it.

    • camilla  April 30, 2011

      Mimi, Wow! what a kind comment! I really appreciate it – I would be thrilled to have you link to my blog. Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend and take care, Camilla

  29. Sarah  May 1, 2011

    Très bonne idée !

  30. Denise  May 2, 2011

    Wow!! I so love this idea! Hey I pinned this too 🙂

  31. aafke7  May 3, 2011

    :))) Lovely!

  32. Wendy  May 3, 2011

    This is just such a cute vase!! Thanks for sharing. So simple, but so nice!

  33. Poppie  May 4, 2011

    Wow, I love this idea! But… I can’t seem to get the balloon over the little vase. I’ve tried different sizes, but nothing has worked so far. Can anyone help me? How do you get the vase in the balloon?

    • camilla  May 4, 2011

      Hi There! Thanks for contacting me with this question. I used a 12″ balloon and a 2″ votive holder – the smallest one I could find (some readers have also used a shot glass). I cut off the top of the balloon first and then stretched it over the votive holder. It is a bit of a struggle – but doable. I hope this helps. Let me know, Camilla

  34. Yvone  May 8, 2011

    Oh my gosh that is absolute genius.

  35. AbleApril  May 9, 2011

    Too much genius! I just posted this to the Parent Hacks FB page.

  36. sylvie  May 11, 2011

    wouah wouaaaah, c’est génial!!! j’adore! I love it!

  37. AbleApril  May 14, 2011

    I just got word this is going to be featured on Parent Hacks’ site on Monday. Congrats!

  38. Kendra  May 16, 2011

    Incredible! They’re just lovely–I would be proud to have them in my house. They’re made with things I already have–no trip to the store just to manage the simple craft project. And they take seconds–so no time-consuming project that frustrates more than it solves! (Can you tell I am super-frustrated in my thwarted Martha Stewart attemps?)

    I found you via Parent Hacks, and what a hack! Thank you!

  39. Jamie B  May 16, 2011

    I tried this as soon as I read it (because I had both supplies on hand). It was pretty difficult to get the balloon around the votive holder (but maybe I was using a smaller balloon, I’m not sure), and the opening on the balloon was a little deformed when I got it on there. But it looks great! I think I’m going to make several of them to hold the little dandelions my daughter gives me!

  40. Sarah  May 18, 2011

    Genius! Definitely going to start doing this!

  41. Lesley  May 19, 2011

    You are so clever!

  42. Grall delphine  May 21, 2011

    GENIAL !!!!!!!!

  43. Susie  May 21, 2011

    Just brilliant!!! Can’t wait to try this out this summer!! If you don’t mind, I’d like to post your idea on my blog. A few of my friends who are moms will really appreciate the idea also. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!

    • camilla  May 21, 2011

      Thanks Susie – I’d love to see the post – let me know when it’s up. Take Care, Camilla

  44. Caroline Campos  June 22, 2011

    Simplesmente maravilhoso!!!
    Lindo e fácil, vou fazer o meu agora!!!

    Parabéns pelo Blog!

  45. serena  July 5, 2011

    Really cute!

  46. Mary Cate  July 15, 2011

    More than cute, this is effin’ brilliant.

  47. Pepette  August 20, 2011

    Quelle bonne idée ! j’adore !

  48. Lindsey  January 14, 2012

    This is the perfect way to make a casual Place Setting by adding your guests names and they have a sweet gift to take home with them to remember the event. I can’t wait to use them at my next Brunch, Baby Shower or one of the many other events I love to host. Genius Camilla.

    • camilla  January 14, 2012

      Thanks Lindsey – so glad to hear that you like this one! Take Care, Camilla

  49. Lauren  June 13, 2012

    GOODNESS — these are ADORABLE!! Found these on Pinterest — Such a cute, clever idea!

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  51. Jill  August 2, 2012

    I LOVE this and now made my own, just a little different because of the jars I had on hand. If you want to look, I’d be honored!

    • camilla  August 2, 2012

      Jill- They look great! I’m so glad you liked this project. Way to go! Also, thanks for linking back to my site 🙂 . -Camilla

  52. Cori  May 19, 2013

    this is so increible! so cheap and so chic!!!
    loved it!

    congratulations! really.