How to turn a Garden Stool into a large vase

I have a pair of cream colored reticulated garden stools.

They used to be at the top of my bookcases.

Now one is here:

Garden Stool

Sits next to the chair in the Great Room.

I have another one and had an “epiphany” . .

~ ~ to turn it into a large vase!

Garden Stool

I placed some felt pads on the top to stabilize it . .

~ ~ as the top will be the “bottom” of the vase.

Garden Stool

Turned the garden stool upside down . . .

Garden Stool Vase

Added some ivy, twigs and branches from my Forsythia bush . .

Garden Stool Vase

Replaced the faux boxwood wreath with an moss covered letter . . .

~ ~ ~ oh so, Common Ground’esque!

Garden Stool Vase/butterfly basket

Garden Stool Vase/butterfly basket

I added my Lenox butterfly reticulated basket to the vignette . . .

~ ~ I actually ditched the original pic of this and took this one this morning . .

~ ~ ~ ~ when the morning sun was streaming through the room.

Garden Stool Vase/bunny

On the other side of the vase is my “special bunny” . . .

~ ~ This was actually the first item I bought from what is now HomeGoods.

Years ago, whenever we were in Atlanta, I would visit this particular shopping area . .

~ ~ that had a Bombay Outlet and a Calico Corners.

One day I noticed that a TJ Maxx and More was added to the shopping center . .

~ ~ the “More” was the addition of a tremendous amount of “home goods” .

Then later it spun off to “HomeGoods”…

Garden Stool Vase

I only had time to buy one thing as just as I walked in . .

~ ~ my hubby called me and said he was ready to be picked up from his client’s office.

However, the very next time we were in Atlanta, I made sure I had hours to be the store!

Garden Stool Vase

Garden Stool Vase Vignette

I love re-purposing items . .

~ ~ all the while I was creating this arrangement in the “garden stool” . .

~ ~ ~ ~ my hubby was looking at me as if I had two heads.

And when all was said and done . . he gave me the thumbs up! 🙂

So what have you re-purposed lately?

Have a most wonderful day!!

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  1. Shirley, clearly you are more than just a pretty face! 🙂 Who would have thought of re-purposing a garden stool into a vase? I love it! What a fabulous idea! The florals are so pretty and a perfect accent for your new “vase”! Your vignette is stunning!

  2. Great idea! Looks very elegant. Sheila

  3. Tell him you are one very smart lady and know exactly what you are doing. Love this look!

  4. One word – “BRILLIANT”!

  5. Gorgeous Shirley. What a great use of the garden stool. It looks so pretty and fresh for spring.

  6. One of your best ideas yet! I love it.

  7. What a terrific re-purposing of an item!! I love your spring vignette, and am especially drooling over your Lenox vase. I bet there are garden stools being turned upside down all over America today! Well Done! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  8. Excellent idea! No one would ever know if you didn’t tell them what it was! The ivy and forstythia look fabulous in it!

  9. Who would’ve thought! Perfect! Love that little ceramic basket with the violet too….so lovely! 😉

  10. Well that was so clever and turned out beautifully!

  11. Love your new vase – it looks terrific. Everything goes so well together, white basket and bunny. The bunny is darling. Don’t you just love Home Goods – I have one about 5 miles from my house,
    There will be a run on garden stools this week.
    Have a terrific week.

  12. love the all creme theme throughout!!

  13. Another fabulous idea! Looks wonderful!~~Angela

  14. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How clever are you!!?? The whole vignette looks beautiful, Shirley.

  15. EXCELLENT idea!!! I’m so mad at myself for having given away a beautiful blue & white garden stool I had. I was in clean out mode, and just went nuts. Anytime I say I’m going to clear out or edit, somebody needs to just STOP ME!!!!!!!!!!

    Beautiful, Shirley!!!

  16. I love how you repurposed that gardens stool! It’s beautiful to be used as a vase! The tall arrangement you placed in it really makes a nice statement. Perfect for Spring! Glad you husband ended up liking it too. I’m sure you were telling him, “trust me”. LOL!

  17. Shirley, that is absolutely beautiful! I think it’s one of the best repurposes I’ve ever seen. A nice big vase! I love your bunny! I too, love HomeGoods…that store is dangerous. ha!

    Hope you have a great week!

  18. Shirley,
    You come up with the most wonderful ideals, I guess that’s why I continue to visit! Looks beautiful.

  19. Very pretty Shirley! Soo springy!

  20. Linda jenkins says

    This is absolutely beautiful. Such an innovative way to use a garden stool. Whereever, did you find these two lovely stools? Your home is beautiful.

  21. Nancy brantley says

    Shirley your house is so pretty. I love the idea of turning garden stool into vase, I would never thought to do that. You are clever of course. Husband should have known you were up to a great project turnout.

  22. you should walk around with a light bulb over your head. what a brilliant idea! xo

  23. Now why didn’t I think of that?! Brilliant and beautiful!

  24. What a terrific idea, Shirley! I just can not seem to think of the simple things! I guess that’s the gift God gave you! I just borrow and improvise. haha! Have a great week!

  25. Aren’t you the clever one???


  26. So clever Shirley, I love your garden stool used as a vase!

  27. What a great idea, the first time I have seen this done. I have a garden stool, well a couple and one I am sort of over, I am thinking maybe I could do the same and fill it with lots of dried willow and place it on top of my large Korean cabinet…it’s an idea 🙂


  28. that is one fantastic idea. You have to be so creative to envision something like this. It looks beautiful!

  29. Nice idea… Versatile…

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