Handmade: Tropical Pineapple Vase
The warmer days are here to stay which means more time to gather together with friends. If you're in a fun and festive mood, we have an easy DIY which will add a pop of colour and tropical vibes to any party.
Our tropical pineapple vase will take you about half an hour to put together but will give you hours of eye candy and insta-worthy style!
A selection of colourful fresh flowers
Set up you work space, preferably somewhere near a sink, as your hands will get a little sticky during this process! Place your pineapple on the chopping board, laying it down on horizontal . With a sharp knife, slice the top off your pineapple, as straight as you can, a few centimeters in. Watch your fingers and make sure you cut away from yourself!
Run a sharp, narrow knife around the inside of the pineapple, leaving some flesh inside to help the pineapple maintain it's structural integrity. Take it slowly and be sure not to pierce through the outside of the pineapple since we will need to fill it up with water. If you do accidentally cut through the skin, you can always find a small cup to fit inside the pineapple.
Scoop out the pineapple filling into a bowl. Don't waste that pineapple, be sure to eat it up or drink it in a smoothie (or pina colada!). You may need to repeat step 2 and 3 a few times as you work your way down the inside of the pineapple, digging out the filling.
Once your pineapple is empty, you can start planning and sizing up your flowers. A handy trick for cutting the stems to length is to place your vase on the edge of a table and measure the stems against it, holding it wear it needs to be cut.
We worked with sweet williams, carnations, tulips, alstroemeria, statice plus a little viburnum, monstera leaves and ivy for our foliage. You don't need to cut everything right down, we will arrange in the vase and it's good to have variation in length so the design isn't too round and neat. A little movement keeps it looking relaxed and fun.
We started with a few stems of our viburnum foliage, crossing them stems to weigh each other down and create a base for flowers. Now we can start arranging our beautiful flowers in the vase. We worked in grouping of odd numbers, placing contrasting colours side by side for maximum effect!
Keep working up your arrangement, adding flowers and checking it from all sides, looking for any gaps or awkward placements, particularly if you plan on placing it in the centre of a table. If your placing it against a wall, make sure your most beautiful flowers are at the front, with longer stems at the back.
Fill the pineapple vase with water and you are done! Whip one of these vases up for your next summer gathering then sit back and sip pina coladas with friends while everyone admires your handy work. Don't forget to share your results with us on Instagram by tagging @treeoflife_love and #treeloves