While they may not be the most practical choice in this earthquake-prone region, hanging vases certainly do create a lovely effect. Whether for a party or for everyday enjoyment, they add movement to a room and convey a festive air, and spring, when so many showy blooms are emerging, is the perfect time to try them out... Hanging vases range from hand-blown one-of-a-kind artworks to cheap mass-produced alternatives; they also lend themselves to lots of easy DIY projects using repurposed materials. Here are our favorites:
• 1 A charming DIY version using lengths of silk ribbon, hot glue, and glass votives or cloche jars (those little French yogurt jars would be perfect for this). From DIY Ideas.
• 2 Laurie Cinotto used vintage handkerchiefs to create these romantic hanging jars for a wedding. Instructions on Once Wed.
• 3 Leslie posted about these lightbulb vases on Apartment Therapy: San Francisco a while back.
• 4 A hanging planter from Austrian designer Feinedinge could easily be used as a vase, especially for a trailing vine.
• 5 For a rustic look, these vases made from recycled glass would be perfect. $36 for a set of 2 from Napa Style.
• 6 These hand-blown vases from British artist Maggie Williams are an unusual shape, and the black glass gives them a glamorous feel. Available from Contemporary Living Solutions for 20 Euro apiece.
• 7 At $4.95, CB2's Teardop Hanging Vases are a super-affordable way to go, and the glass is lightweight, so they're easy to hang.
• 8 Wrapables offers a garland of hanging vases suspended on a wire. You can choose a test tube shape or the more traditional bud vases. $17.95 for a set of 5 tubes, $10.95 for a string of 6 bud vases.