Changing the water as soon as it starts to look anything less than clear is also very helpful. This is one my all time favorite ways to add a little pizzazz to any vase! Not only is it gorgeous, but the small vase inside of the larger vase makes it easier to assemble your bouquet. You can fill the outer vase with anything that fits the season: lemons, limes, oranges, large leaves, acorns, rocks, or seasonal items. For flowers that have a thick, hard stem, try pounding the ends with a hammer to help them absorb water better. Floating flowers are a fun way to decorate for special occasions, or to simply create something different for your dining room table.
Trash cans get pretty gross over the course of a long winter. Get some hot, soapy water and wipe the whole thing down, inside and out. (Bonus: Make sure to use your favorite scented liquid soap so it smells good, too!). Take a simple flower vase (with a few flower stems) from boring to exciting! Create a spectacular table arrangement for a wedding reception or birthday party. Adding fish is inexpensive, easy to make and can double as a long lasting party favor! Another option: Take the can outside on a warm day, hose it down, and let it dry in the sun. Most flowers float pretty well on their own until they start to pool with water and slowly sink.
For a longer lasting centerpiece, use bubble wrap to make little skirts for your flowers. Check out the details here. I’ve also found that hairspray sprayed on the underneath part of fragile flowers keeps them from losing their leaves and drooping as fast. You can also lightly mist the rest of the bouquet for longevity.