Easy Spring Floral Ideas

Posted by CR on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Spring has sprung and you may be having people over soon, for any number of reasons. We wanted to give you some easy ways to spruce up your table cleverly and affordably.


Here are the Anchor Hocking floral products we used:

Bud Vases - Items #31268, #31257  

12” Kendl Twisted Square Vase - Item #99147  

Carafe - Item# 99119

Other Items Used:
Soho Barware
Reused Candle Jars  

*View our Home Decor Catalog  



We went to the local grocer and purchased a potted hyacinth plant, which contained 3 bulbs that had bloomed ($7.00) and a bouquet of mixed spring stems ($7.00).


Project 1
Bouquets for Ladies Tea



Take time to relax and catch up with close friends this spring. Invite over your closest friends, your siblings, your in-laws, whoever – and make them feel right welcomed and cherished with a personalized bouquet.


We wanted these bouquets to be multi-purpose so we grabbed our 1 Liter Carafes to hold the stems.

We also found some ribbon (reused from a potpourri bag) to hold name tags on to the vases. The name tags were cut out of brown paper bags (which were free from the grocer’s check-out).

To make the tags we first sketched out a tag shape (download a printable tag of your own here). We cut through both sides of the bag, giving us two tag shapes each. We did this so we could write little notes on the inside of the tag. Write their names on the outside and a cute note on the inside, hole punch and attach to the carafe.

Project 2
Rustic Charm  

We chose a collection of 4 bud vases in various heights. We picked out three rather tall stems from the bouquet and one that was shorter and fuller.

For the fuller stem we needed to remove some of the lower leaves and growth, but saved them for another small project.

By using an earthy color palette and not following standard floral arrangement rules, we create an interesting, minimal and rustic look. This would look great next to a tub full of sodas in glass bottles or a buffet table of desserts.

Project 3
Big Charm in Small Places  

If you have minimal counter space and you still want to add pops of nature to the display this idea is for you.

We have been saving used candle jars for just such an occasion. Remember those trimmings we saved from Project 2? Here’s where they’ll come in handy.   Using short stems of filler and leaves and rocks, create small vignettes in miniature jars. These will look perfect among food displays or next to beverage stations. Inter-mix them with candles for a romantic effect.  

Project 4
Lofty Sunnies  

Sunflowers can make a big impact with their height. Don’t worry though, if you don’t have a tall vase to put them in. We chose 3 pieces of tall and skinny beverageware, our Soho Collection. You could also use our 4” or 6” Kendl Tapered Vases.

We used what is called “cullet” from our factory, but you can pick up a similar looking product in the floral section. You could also use tiny seed beads from the craft isle.

First, we filled the glasses/vases with the filler/cullet.
Then, we pushed the sunflower stems down into the material. This makes a snug fit around the flower and holds it upright.

Align them down the center of a table or on a shelf for a modern touch and new sense of visual height.

Project 5
Ditch the Plastic  

We bought those hyacinths, remember? We decided we didn’t like that pot they were in, and we weren’t ready to plant them in the garden just yet. So, we temporarily transplanted them into pieces of beverageware that we’ve been collecting.

Maybe you have some collections of vintage glassware or some pieces that no longer have match. Use these pieces of glass to create an interesting display that kicks those hyacinths up a notch.

Display them while you have guests over and after the party you can plant them in the ground.

**Don’t forget, that once the flowers turn brown, you can dig up that bulb, store it in a brown paper bag and replant next year.

Project 6
Housewarming Gift  

Do you know someone who just settled into their new home?
Maybe a newlywed couple?

Instead of flowers, opt for kitchen gadgetry!

Whether they’ve registered for gifts or you know what they’re in need of, use a collection of items to create a lovely display.

Vase too tall? Purchase some fabric napkins in their favorite color(s), roll them up and use as a base for you gadget bouquet.

Happy Hosting, Friends! Keep in touch with Anchor Hocking Company




Categorized under: Flower Power  Decorate  Trend  Tips  D.I.Y.  Floral  Entertain  Glass  Holidays  Home  Garden 

Pull Out All The Stops

Posted by CR on Monday, January 31st, 2011

No matter who you need a Valentine's day surprise for we've got you covered. Whether you need a unique twist for a son who doesn't take well to frills and pink hearts, or a gal pal who needs a pick me up we've scoured the web for fast and clever ideas!

Party tricks that will keep them talking all year!

Clockwise: 1 & 2 - Amy Atlas creates lovely presentations for a Valentine's Day get together, using serving dishes of all shapes and sizes to hold candies and showing off beautiful cocktails in glass beverageware. 3 - Mousse shots in 1.5 oz shot glasses. 4 - Delightful strawberry parfait in glass stemware. 5 - Jell-O displays in mini trifle bowls. 6 - Candy for guests in small glass jars.

Skip the water and opt for candies.

Take inspiration from Martha Stewart. Use large vases or trifle bowls or punch bowls to fill with conversation hearts or cinnamon candies as filler for floral arrangements.

Kid friendly ideas for Valentine's Day

From right to left: 1 - Milk in a cocktail glass with a cookie on the rim via Party Starters. 2. Adorable milk and cookies party using jars and cake plates for displays with giant colorful balloons from Creative Party Place. 3 - For the little guy or gal who doesn't care for the ruffle filled details of this holiday fill a cookie jar full of toys, in this case Lego pieces.


Don't waste time! Get these Valentine's Day looks started with Anchorware via the Anchor Online Store! www.anchoronline.com

THE BIG DEAL! When you spend $50 or more at the Anchor Online Store you can receive our Vienna Champagne Flute (4pc Set) for FREE.  Simply add the Vienna Champagne Flutes to your cart and continue shopping until you've reached $50 in merchandise!  Flute price will be immediately deducted from your total, no coupon code necessary.  Know someone who needs some bubbly?  Share the love and tell friends and family (also look for our advertisement on our Facebook page to share!)!

Do you have some great ideas on how to use Anchorware for Valentine's Day gifts? Let us know!



Categorized under: Entertain  Decorate  Craft  Tips  D.I.Y.  Floral 

Your Home Floral Style

Posted by Bloomtastic Florists on Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Every home has a style, it’s very own personality that needs to be showcased!  Indulge your home’s persona  by tailoring the flower arrangements to suit.  Below are five home styles and the perfect arrangements for each.    


Americana Country  

(Image from Society of American Florists)

This style has become a phenomenon in it’s own right. Motifs include artifacts from the past - such as quilts, galvanized metal bowls and wooden crates. The result is comfort that is easy and inviting. Woven baskets or simple vases of mixed spring flowers (yarrow, wild roses, scabiosa, heather) fit perfectly on a coffee table or kitchen counter. Cut flowers, blooming plants, herbs, wreaths and swags with that farm-fresh look are a natural extension of this homespun décor with their fresh-picked-from-the-garden appeal.        

Casual Chic 

(Image from Society of American Florists)

Casual living lifestyles focus on the simple pleasures of life. The decor includes furniture of light pine, natural woods, bleached oak or a white-washed painted finish with fabrics of linen and cotton in neutral tones. Because these homes are designed for "stress busting," flowers provide nature's balancing formula. The right match might include flowering and green plants (like cyclamen, kalanchoe, pothos or ivy) casually grouped, or flowers (such as sunflowers, daisies, hydrangea, delphinium or tulips) placed in a clear glass vase, pitcher or piece of pottery.


(Image from Society of American Florists)

This home has formal architecture with impressive front doors, foyers and individually decorated rooms. Design elements include classic furnishings and antiques with elegant fabrics of brocade, silk and tapestry. Traditional arrangements call for a mixture of flowers (roses, gladiola, iris, carnations, lilies or snapdragons, to name a few) and accents such as dried fruit and foliage. Crystal, brass, silver or porcelain containers are ideal for the classic floral centerpiece.


(Image from Society of American Florists)

Sleek and trendy, the modern home calls for clean lines, smooth surfaces and form. Elegant fabrics, colorful silks, gauze or leather accent steel, glass and other man-made materials. Bold, exotic flowers (anthuriums, heliconia, callas, orchids) with strong lines work well to complement this home's clean, open spaces. To complete the dramatic look, flowers are best displayed in glass vases, decorative pottery and metallic containers with pewter or stainless steel finishes.



(Image from Society of American Florists)

Velvets, satins, chintz, lace and organza create a feeling of softness and romance in the Victorian home. Pastel colors or soft tone-on-tone prints are used to delight the senses. Fragrant flowers (roses, spray roses, peonies, lavender, gardenias, freesia) in pale peach, lavender, pink, yellow and cream conjure images of romance and sensuality. All of these delicious colors glow in lovely, romantic vases of clear glass, crystal and silver.


Categorized under: Flower Power  Floral 

Planted with Love

Posted by CR on Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Wedding Trends with Anchorware

As we all know everyone loves to save a penny or two, especially when it comes to planning your big day. The good thing is – homemade decorations and gifts are a huge trend in the wedding industry right now. What better way to show your love to your guests than to create a gift together for them?

*Image Courtesy of MadeByMavis
(Premade terrariums on Etsy in Anchorware: Glass Stackables)

Other trends that are taking the industry by storm are earthy, natural and green (the color and the lifestyle). Using plant life in unusual ways can liven up a room at any time of year. By purchasing a few affordable things you can create a relaxing and serene venue for your big day. Creating terrariums and unique plantscapes using glassware you can tag your wedding as eco-friendly, cost-effective and right on trend.


*Images Courtesy of MadeByMavis; High Street Market: Apartment Therapy
(Anchorware: Fountainsquare Jar, Elegance Serveware, Large and Small Apothocary Jars)

What you’ll need to create a terrarium:
Potting soil
Spanish moss
Plants (succulents work great and you can neglect them)
Stones (these are optional but add some extra character – hobby stores will have a wide variety)

If crafting and planting just aren't your cup of tea, don't worry we've found some people who can help you, we've listed resources below.

*Images Courtesy of Anchor Hocking; WarmCountryMeadows

Terrariums come in all shapes and sizes, and you can put them in just about anything. We’ve found some great ways to use glass for terrariums and a couple of ingenious ways to carry the trend all the way through your day.


*Images Courtesy of Brides.com; Martha Stewart Weddings; ILOVED
(Using non-footed containers that are lower in height are great for decorating the bathroom or areas where decorations could get knocked over, tables with children can also benefit from such displays. Continue the moss and succulent trend by using them in bouquets and other bridal party accessories. This Etsy seller creates jewelry out of reindeer moss, glass, silver and copper, perfect for special guests or bridal party members.)

Terrarium resource:
Terrarium Man

Wedding resources:

Etsy terrarium lifesavers:

So go on - have some fun! Maybe even get the bridesmaids together and make cute or silly terrariums for the shower!

*Image Courtesy of Jennifer Perkins

Categorized under: D.I.Y.  Floral  Terrarium 

Greenhouse in the City

Posted by CR on Friday, April 30th, 2010

Anchorware Everywhere

What a wonderful day to shop for flowers and other gardening goodies! The perfect place to find great plants in Columbus, is Baker's Acres Concrete Jungle. The Concrete Jungle is located in the Short North area of downtown Columbus. What a concept - amidst all the cement and metal and brick emerges a beautiful and friendly greenhouse!

"AK" told me I ought to stop by and check out what they were doing with Anchorware. So I popped in and found a variety of our storage jars being used as terrariums! They sell them empty next to literature, rocks, moss and delightful succulents. They use our Cookie Jar, Heritage Hill Jars, Bamboo Hourglass Jar and Glass Stackables.


*Images Courtesy of CR

I was quite pleased to see our wares, but even happier to see the creativity of the warm and inviting people who work there! 

Make sure to check out the blog on Monday - I'll have an article about glass terrariums as a wedding trend!

*Image Courtesy of CR

Visit the Concrete Jungle:

In person - 940 North High Street Columbus, OH 43201

Online - www.bakersacresgreenhouse.com


Best wishes to my new friends at Baker's Acres Concrete Jungle.

Categorized under: Anchorware Everywhere  Floral  Stackables  Penny Candy  Bamboo Hourglass  Terrarium 

Plantlife in Anchorware

Posted by CR on Monday, March 29th, 2010

Everyone loves to spruce up their office.

An easy way to do this is bringing in a small plant or two. We've found that Anchor employees have some pretty innovative planter solutions. They love using Anchor glass because of its natural and eco-friendly qualities. Even more so, they love using things in new and different ways to create conversation and spur ideas.

Using two of our Contemporary Bowls for a planter. You could do this and put small decorative items between the small and large bowl, like rocks, buttons, scrabble pieces or vintage trinkets.

Two of our measuring cups used as planters. Perfect use for someone who has acquired a measuring cup but rarely cooks!

Retro Anchorware gets put to good use around the office, this one sprouting new life.
*Images Courtesy of CR

Come back soon - I'm sure we'll post more ideas for planting in Anchorware!

Categorized under: Decorate  Tips  Floral 

Pumpkin Jar Floral Arrangement

Posted by MJ on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Supplies Needed
 1 Anchor Hocking Pumpkin Jar 70 oz.
 1 Package paper basket filler
 1 Pack Floral Sticks
 1 Piece of Styrofoam (large enough to fit in bottom of Pumpkin Jar
 1 Roll green floral tape
 1 Package Paper Twist (color of your choice
 2 Pieces felt -2 different colors of your choice for flowers
 2 Dozen floral bead stick
 2 Leaf bushes
 1 Hot Glue Gun


1. Place Styrofoam in center of Pumpkin Jar
2. Place basket filler around Styrofoam (to hide the Styrofoam)
3. Using petal pattern provided; cut out desired amount of petals for flowers using
paper twist paper. The Pumpkin shown has five flowers or approximately 20
petals per flower.
4. Cover end of floral pick with 1/2" wide x 2 inch long piece of Raffia paper to
form center of flower, secure with wire pick by wrapping around two complete
times. Keep remaining wire free to secure flower once completed.
5. Glue petals to floral craft stick by going completely around the stick to form a
6. Continue to add rows of petal until you are happy with the fullness; remember to
secure the flower with the wire at the completion.
7. To make white flower, cut felt strip 4inches long, cut one edge of felt to look like
fringe, wrap around stick and secure with wire, wrap with floral tape. The floral
stick will appear in the center.
8. To make felt flower: Follow pattern to cut circle, poke a small hole in the center,
insert floral wire stick and floral bead stick (keep wire down) crimp circle; wrap
with wire aroundunderside to form flower. Wrap stick with floral tape.
9. Cut leaves with stems from bush, trim to desire length to insert in Styrofoam.
10. Arrange flowers largest to small
11. Accent with floral beads Pumpkin Cover Glue leave and petals around stem of lid.

Categorized under: Crafty Lady  Floral  Fall 

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  • Anchor Hocking's Sigma Beverageware is given an Award of Excellence by HFN in April 2009.

  • Anchor Hocking is acknowledged for expanding beyond glassware by HFN in April 2009.


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