How to Style a Large Glass Vase for Fall

As the vibrant hues of summer begin to transition into the warm and cozy tones of fall, it’s time to embrace the beauty of the season. I’m diving into how to style a large glass vase for fall, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to guide you through this creative journey.

Imagine a little scene that exudes warm charm and seasonal vibes. A vignette that effortlessly captures the essence of fall, but doesn’t have a pumpkin in sight.

My goal when combining different seasonal elements is to bring them together in perfect harmony. 

While each individual element possesses its own unique character, it’s the fusion of these components that truly makes this fall vignette come to life.

The blend of the glass vase, vintage accents, and organic greenery paints a captivating picture. It resonates with rustic fall charm.

This small vignette is a reminder that the beauty of fall lies not only in its individual elements but in the way they seamlessly intertwine to create an interesting focal point.

By combining diverse textures, styles, and inspirations, you can create visually captivating arrangements that capture the spirit of autumn. 

Today is our Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Cindy of County Road 407. This blog hop gets fall off to a wonderful start to the autumn season. I guarantee that you will see a variety of fall decor ideas. 

Are you joining me from my friend Michelle of Thistlekey Lane? I love Michelle’s style

You may have guessed that a glass vase or jar is the central ingredient of this month’s fall kick-off. 

Our “marching orders” were to use this image from Kelly of Live Laugh Rowe as our inspiration.

Kelly’s glass vase is an open jar. She filled it with an orange candle and acorns. Then she surrounded the glass vase with a collection of faux pumpkins and gourds.

I love that we can interpret our inspiration photo any way we see fit. I’m especially happy to use a large glass vase as the focal point of my fall arrangement.

Why Use Large Glass Vases in Your Home Decor

Whatever the season, large glass vases are a timeless and versatile home decor item.

Granted, glass vases and jars come in unlimited sizes and shapes. I love a large glass vase or apothecary jar. It gives a more dynamic presence to any setting. The larger the glass vase, the more you can do with it.

Their popularity persists across various styles and seasons due to the numerous benefits they offer. You can’t beat a single vase of flowers for simplicity in design. Or you can gather glass vases in various sizes for a lovely arrangement.

clear glass vases

Here’s why clear large vases, large jars or even a glass cloche are a fantastic choice for elevating your home decor:

  1. Elegance and Simplicity: Clear glass vases exude an inherent elegance and simplicity that effortlessly complements any interior style. Their transparent nature allows them to seamlessly integrate into a wide range of decor themes, whether your space leans towards modern, classic, rustic, or eclectic. They come in every size and shape imaginable.
  2. Visual Lightness: Clear glass vases possess a visual lightness that doesn’t overwhelm a space. They create the illusion of openness and space, making them perfect for both smaller and larger rooms. Their see-through quality also ensures that they don’t disrupt the visual flow of a room.
  3. Versatility in Styling: One of the greatest strengths of clear glass vases is their versatility in styling. They can be easily adapted to suit different seasons, occasions, and moods by changing their contents. Whether you’re displaying fresh flowers, vibrant seasonal foliage, decorative branches, or even colorful pebbles, the clear glass acts as a canvas to showcase the beauty of what’s inside.
    Glass vases can be used in any room of your home, from the center of your dining table as a DIY fall centerpiece to the kitchen counter, the fireplace mantel or the coffee table in the living room. A console table in your entry is another great place for a glass vase.
  4. Enhanced Color and Texture: Using clear glass vases creates the ability to amplify the colors and textures of their contents. Fall flowers (fresh or artificial) or faux stems, appear more vibrant, while textured branches, pampas grass, and foliage take on a sculptural quality. This quality adds depth and dimension to your decor, enhancing the overall aesthetic.
  5. Layering and Stacking: Clear glass vases are perfect for creating stunning layered arrangements. You can vary the height and sizes to build interesting visual displays. This technique is particularly useful when designing seasonal vignettes like fall arrangement where you can layer different elements to create a lovely composition.
  6. Showcasing Collections: If you’re a collector of interesting objects, clear glass vases provide an excellent platform to showcase your treasures. For fall, creative vase filler ideas include natural elements like tree branches, fall florals, wheat stalks, pumpkins, pine cones, acorns, or wood balls. In fact, any decorative objects that you have on hand will look fabulous. 
  7. Easy to Clean and Maintain: Unlike vases with intricate patterns or finishes, clear glass vases are easy to clean and maintain. A simple wipe-down with a damp cloth keeps them looking ready for the next arrangement.
  8. Affordability: One of the best things about clear glass vases are how affordable they are. They are a great budget-friendly option for enhancing your decor. You can find them at resale shops, garage sales, and your local thrift store.

From minimalist arrangements that let the natural look of flowers shine to more elaborate displays that incorporate decorative accents, clear glass vases provide a blank canvas for your creativity to flourish. They are a must-have accessory for every home decorator.

Vision for My Large Glass Vase for Fall 

To be honest, I had no idea how I wanted to style my glass vase for fall. I did know that I wanted a soft, neutral color palette. 

I told Sweet Shark that we needed to bring in several of our bins with fall decor from the garage. He looked at me with a “you’ve got to be kidding” look on his face. We have had triple-digit temperatures for days. The garage isn’t much cooler. 

My options are to either go buy all new things or get really creative and find things I had that would evoke a sense of fall.

I went with option 2.

In the garage was something that Sweet Shark brought home last weekend when he moved his office home – a lovely stained vintage table. It was a great size and in great condition. I had an idea where to place it –  our new seating area off the kitchen. 

stained vintage table

This area previously was the breakfast room – which we never used. There was the perfect spot between the kitchen and the drapes. 

The only thing I did was give the table a good cleaning with Clean Slate by A Makers’ Studio. We also placed felt pads on the bottom of the legs.

I also wanted to use the round woven basket tray that has been on our living room coffee table all summer. It was time to move it to a new home.

My next step was to look in my home decor closet. I have several large apothecary jars and vases stored there. In the back of the closet on the floor behind a box of candles was a large clear glass vase that I hadn’t used in a couple of years. 

This large glass vase with natural bead handles and delicate trim would be the heart of this arrangement. The beading creates an organic visual detail that beckons you closer. Nestled on the woven round basket and perched on the vintage wood table, this arrangement establishes an inviting focal point that will set the stage for more fall decor.

I love this decorative vase. It has wood beads around the rim of the opening and a bead handle. I think I bought it at Kirkland’s years ago. With a quick rinse and dry, it was ready to use as the centerpiece of my fall vignette.

With my basic ingredients in place, I was ready to finish styling my large glass vase.

Putting the Glass Vase Vignette Together

Now, what to fill my glass jar with? I wanted a soft, neutral and natural look.

Last week after I finished sewing my zippered pillow covers for our living room, I was returning supplies to the chest of drawers where I keep extra fabric, cording, and other sewing odds and ends. 

I happened to come across several pieces of neutral cording from making my yarn pumpkins last year.

There was also a piece of oatmeal-colored fringe from a long-ago pillow project. The natural earthy texture of the cording and fringe would be perfect for filling the glass vase.

​Then I found four packages of cording that I bought last year and had not used.

I layered the two types of cording and the fringe in the glass vase for a variation in color and texture. I love this easy solution. It didn’t cost me a cent.

To add some height to the scene, I brought in a stone-looking tall vase with lots of texture. This vase was a freebie from Joann a couple of years ago. I filled the vase with faux eucalyptus stems for a muted green pop of soft color.

The tall vase and greenery also add a visual connection between the vases and the seasonal plates on the wall. (Think of the vases as the thriller.) These plates were purchased for our first home so we have had these them for 24 years.

The tall white vase adorned with verdant greenery lends a touch of freshness, infusing the display with a breath of nature.

Next, I needed a decorative filler. First I tried a stack of burlap books I made.

Then, I tried a stack of vintage leather and gold books that I have had for about thirty years.

I made a trip out to the garage to store the extra cording. I spied a small wood box sitting on a stack of boxes that Sweet Shark brought home. I had never seen it before, but I loved the color, the texture and the size.

The vintage box, a treasure trove of nostalgia, nestles in the woven basket.

It was perfect as my filler. I couldn’t wait until he got home from playing golf to tell me where it came from. (His office!)

The Final Touch for The Glass Vase Vignette

I wanted one more thing for this fall vignette. I couldn’t access the natural wood bead garland that I made a few years ago. It was in a bin in the garage. I made a new one.

I went through the containers of wood beads in my office box labeled “Wood” and found three different sizes. One unopened package had small wood beads in different colors. One color matched the color of the vintage box perfectly.

To string the beads together, I used kitchen twine. I’ve had this one spool for over twenty years!

Using a darning needle (to get the twine through the eye of the needle), I added the beads in a simple pattern until I had a garland about three feet long. I made quick little tassels.

Finally, I drapped the bead garland over the vintage box. My large glass vase for fall was done.

On this box, the DIY-crafted wood bead garland drapes artfully, adding texture and a touch of whimsy to the composition.

vintage wood box

One more little space needed something. I had a wood spool in a bin upstairs. It was the perfect material and color in the perfect little size.

wood spool

This fall vignette fits the space just right. We can see the arrangement from the living room and the seating room.

fall glass vase vignette

One More Thing

As I took pictures of my completed scene, I noticed how much space there was below the table. Something was needed to fill it in.

I added one of my vintage baskets. A couple of burlap books raised the basket higher.

A burlap tablecloth and a Turkish towel in cream and white nicely filled the space and added texture and natural color. Now I was really finished!

Unassuming clear glass vases stand as a testament to the power of simplicity and versatility. Their transparent charm effortlessly adapts to every season, every style, and every creative vision. 

For my glass vases, the delicate bead handles and trim, the rustic woven basket, the vintage accents, and the artful wood bead garland, come together in harmony.  A little imagination goes a long way.

The other plate you can’t see is spring.

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  1. Beautiful vignette for Fall, Carol! I love all of the warm colors and textures that you used!

  2. Your creativity proves that anything you put in a glass vessel turns into art, Carol! Such a pretty still live you’ve assembled. The table is perfect and the variety of textures perfect as a subtle entrance to Fall.

  3. Carol, I love that soft and neutral filter you used in that pretty hurricane! The whole arrangement is so lovely!

  4. I haven’t been able to get into the fall decorating yet. Thankfully this hop helped – a little. Your vignette is pretty and I love the beads in those warm colors. Everything looks so nice. Glad you joined us. pinned

  5. I love this Carol, the texture of the rope in the jar looks great especially with the burlap and the texture of the vase.

  6. I LOVE your vignette, Carol! Love the neutral tones, and the different textures! Such a nice transition vignette from summer to fall. Pinned!

  7. What a great way to fill an empty corner Carol. Budget friendly and it looks pretty too. By the way I love the vivid colors in you plate collection!

  8. Beautiful display, Carol. That vintage table with the spindle legs is gorgeous!

  9. I love it all. So fun to see how you started with nothing and created this beautfiul vignette. Using the rope is such a great idea. It really works. I like the beads too. I really love it all and loved seeing how the whole arrangement came together.

  10. This feels like the perfect way to transition from summer to fall, Carol! It’s warm and inviting, full of texture, and a look that’s easy to create with a busy back-to-school schedule. I love it all! Hugs, CoCo

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