Inexpensive Vase Filler Ideas

Vase & Bowl Filler Ideas that inexpensive or already at home

Planning your next party, maybe it’s a wedding shower, a retirement party or any party and you will usually need something to fill up.   Vases, jars, bowls, pots, boxes, buckets, usually there is something at a party that needs to be filled up just for the sake of being filled up. The filler maybe just decorative to fill empty space or it could serve a purpose, like standing up signs for a photo booth.   Whatever the reason, some space usually needs to be filled up with something pretty that ties in with your theme or color palette.

The first place you can go to find a vase filler is your local craft store or floral supply store.  They usually have some beautiful options, sand in all colors of the rainbow, beautiful white shells, shiny river rocks, and more.  The one problem is they can be expensive if you need a large quantity.  If you do fall in love with say for example some beautiful crushed shells, you could buy a smaller quantity by finding some other less expensive filler, like sand from an home improvement store.  The sand can be the main filler and the shells can be used sparingly on top.

Okay so the way to really save some money on your vase fillers you need to get really creative!  It is fun, when you really start looking around, the ideas are endless.  


I mean really take a walk around your house and look for vase fillers with fresh eyes.  Maybe you have a collection of wine corks or a vase already filled with glass marbles.  Your kitchen, I bet may have some rice or sugar sitting in the pantry.  

take a walk outside

Outside can be a treasure trove of vase fillers.  Start in your own yard, rocks, dirt, sticks, leaves, seed pods, and who know what else you can find.  I walk every morning by an condo complex with trees that drop these large what I think are seed pods, all over the place.  They are all over the place so for a few mornings a took a bag and picked up the few that had ended up in the street.  Please take caution with taking things from any where other than your own property.  Don’t take anything off private land unless you have permission.

These are some of the different materials I’ve used as vase, bowl, basket, cornucopia fillers.  
Ideas to fill vases from Sweet Lane Events
(1) Lemon slices
(2) Dried orange slices, seed pods, faux berries
(3) Plastic Easter eggs
(4) Pine cones, faux leaves, mini faux pumpkins
(5) Faux snow
(6) Taffy
(7) Shelled nuts, dried orange slices, faux leaves
(8) Tissue paper
(9) Cranberries, Christmas tree cuttings
(10) Shelled nuts, faux berries
(11) Tissue paper scraps
(12) Rocks, dried beans

materials to use for vase fillers

  • Flowers
  • Dried flowers
  • Leaves
  • Sticks
  • Weeds
  • Colored water
  • Rocks
  • Pine cones
  • Seed pods
  • Dirt
  • Bark
  • Sand
  • Shells
  • Marbles
  • Fruit: slice or whole
  • Candy: wrapped or unwrapped
  • Scrap paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Newspaper
  • Wine corks
  • Beads
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Dried beans
  • Coffee beans

This list is just to get you thinking of the things you might already have at home or can pick up inexpensively.  I’m sure you can come up with some more ideas and I’ll probably think of something else as soon I post this.  Anyway get creative, there are so many different materials that can be used to fill vases.  

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