Cookie Jar Pumpkin Vase

October 18, 2015



Guess what? You know those pretty pumpkin vases that are absolutely everywhere this time of year? Well, I made one! Yup. I did. Finally. I have had this project on my crafty to do list for the last several years now, but it was just never a priority. I pinned, saved and clipped ideas, because that was easy, but sitting, carving and arranging? 

Yeah, not so easy. I just couldn't find the time. 

So today, I decided to make the time and I ended up with something I absolutely adore.

Even if I didn't go about it in the traditional way. 

I started by gathering up my collection of faux pumpkins, I have one in every color. You see, I've been buying them on sale for the past few years, explicitly for this purpose. However, since I never got around to the vase project, I have been using them in my decorating instead. 

I've been peppering them around the house from late September through late November. They really warm up the place and I have gotten a little attached. So, I'm sure you can totally understand why when it came time to choose one to cut open, I just couldn't do it. 

I wasn't able to sacrifice any one of them. 

Also, it seemed like a lot of work and I am a very lazy crafter. 


Hmm....I was back to square one. 

The real pumpkin I had just purchased was starting at me from my deck. He's new, so I was much less attached to him and I briefly considered grabbing the knife, but then I started thinking about all the work involved in carving that sucker up and I quickly vetoed that idea, too. 

That lazy thing really gets in the way. 

I was almost ready to abandon my vase endeavor, when the sparkle of my pumpkin cookie jar caught my eye. That two dollar, thrift store pumpkin already had a hole "cut" in the top and I never keep any cookies inside. It was perfect! 

I was back in business. 


It's a pretty involved tutorial, so I hope you're paying attention. 

Of course, I'm just teasing, this one is self explanatory. I took the top off the cookie jar and found a vase that would fit neatly inside. I have a lot of containers floating around the house, so that didn't take long. If you don't have a properly sized vase, you could use a large can or jar. 


Next, I took some old craft paper and stuffed it inside the cookie jar to take up any empty space. I wanted the vase and water to be secure and not be able to move around at all.


I placed my water-filled vase inside the cookie jar and then I started snipping and arranging my flowers. They were sent to me from ProFlowers.com. I was ready to use faux blooms, but I'm so glad I went with real. The colors are gorgeous and look fabulous against the orange.

Keep in mind that this idea would work at anytime of the year and for any holiday, with any cookie jar that you have. It would also work with a soup tureen.


I haven't been able to decide where I should keep my cookie jar pumpkin vase. For now, I've been carrying it around with me from room to room. I just like to look at it and the new wooden cake stand I managed to whip up that this morning. 

Here is the ten minute tutorial on that ~ yup, ten minutes. Lazy, remember?  


In the meantime, I'll just keep carrying my new cookie jar vase around with me. 

Don't judge. 

I don't have any pets, it's really sweet looking and smells so good. 

I'm starting to get attached. 

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96 comments:

  1. Perfect solution! Your pumpkin vase filled with roses is charming.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah...and super, super easy! ;)

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  2. Great idea and the colorful Roses are delightful!

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    1. Thanks Lynne! I just love fresh flowers…especially when they are a gift! :)

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  3. brilliant! and so beautiful. simple ... but what a statement!
    and i'm so glad you didn't sacrifice a beloved punkin! ♥

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    1. Me too, Tammy! I've grown quite fond of them! ;)

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  4. I love your pumpkin vase. It is quite charming and just perfect for the fall season. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you, Teri! I really like the rich colors, too!

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  5. LOL, I love it Kim! Here I was thinking wow, Kim did a great job, : )
    This pumpkin is pretty awesome and what a steal.

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    1. That pumping was a steal Vanessa! I’m going back to the thrift store to scope out a few more cookie jars! ;)

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  6. Your pumpkin vase is a sweet pet! Doesn't need to be fed or anything, but I guess you'll give it fresh water to drink.

    Those roses look lovely together!

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    1. Ha! Yes, much easier to take care of than a kitty or a pup...just add water! :)

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  7. Oh Kim Kim Kim!!! You seriously crack me up. Love the pumpkin cookie jar re loved into a lovely fall vase for your beautiful flowers. You do lazy so goooood! Lovely!
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! I love the creative process…but only when it’s easy! ;)

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  8. The flowers in the pumpkin are gorgeous colors.

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    1. Thanks Carol. I was originally thinking about the white pumpkin, but the orange made everything pop...lucky me, no cutting! ;)

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  9. That is so cute and I am glad you showed how you put in the glass of water to hold them. I thought at first it was just faux flowers.

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    1. Thanks Betty! I was going to do faux, but the real are just so pretty! :)

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    1. It's much better for my figure, that's for sure! :) Thanks for the visit, Lindsay!

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  11. Love it! Easy and great colors! Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynn. I hope you have a colorful week, too!! :)

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  12. What a perfect idea!!!!

    :-))))

    Hugs and magic,
    Tessa

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  13. The roses are beautiful in the cookie jar. ;)

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    1. I’m so lazy, Stacey. I just could not see myself cutting those pumpkins up. I had my husband’s knife all ready, too. I even made him put in a new sharp blade, but when I walked by the cookie jar, I thought, hmmm. It’s a cheat that worked out well!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was an easy one to whip up! ;)

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  15. That is so pretty, Kim! I'd be carrying it around, too. I used to do real pumpkins, carved & cleaned out, with a vase of flowers inside. Haven't done that in years.....I really don't like the "guts" of the pumpkin and all its sliminess!

    I'm looking forward to checking out some of those Home for Fall inspirational blogs during chemo today. It's cute, my nurses like looking at whatever I have pulled up on my iPad, and don't even get them started on Pinterest!

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    1. I don’t like all that sliminess either! Ick! ;) My cookie jar is clean as a whistle!

      Good luck today, Carol.

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  16. Kim what a genius idea. It's not about how long it takes to do the project, it's all about coming up with the idea... grinding the spokes of our brains. I too have been known to mull over an idea for months. The pumpkin vase is gorgeous and the flowers...well, I can practically smell them right here. Now, put it down in one place because my shoulder hurts just reading about how you lug it from room to room.

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    1. Haha! Yes, they were heavy. I finally settled in the kitchen table. Perfect! ;) Thanks for the visit!

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  17. Hi Kim,

    Love this simple idea. You can never have too many vases and flowers look great in the home every day of the year. Now I'm thinking about what other cookie jars I might have stashed away. Thanks.

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    1. I just adore flowers, never too many, you are right, Patti! :)

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  18. I love when you can use what you have and you did that perfectly!!

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  19. Adorable idea, Kim! I have a rabbit cookie jar that I hope I think of when it comes time for Easter....of course that seems like a million years away since the first snowflakes were this weekend!

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    1. That sounds like a super idea, I need to check out cookie jars for other holidays, too. :)

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  20. I love it! It's looks so pretty and it can't get any easier than that!

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  21. Gorgeous, just gorgeous. So perfect for fall.

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    1. Thank you Cathy! I like this one, too. :)

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  22. Loved this post. A quick and simple solution and one that you can reuse again` every year if you want to. I get attached to my vegetables too so I completely understand that you were feeling that way.

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    1. Your vegetables are pretty cute, Lorri. I can imagine it would be easy to get attached! ;)

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  23. Ohhh that's so pretty! I want a glass pumpkin that won't rot too! haha

    Seriously, those flowers arranged like that are amazing...deep, vibrant tones for fall, doesn't get any better than that!

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    1. Thank you, Donna, and yes...a pumpkin that doesn't rot is amazing! When it's filled with cookies, it's even better! ;)

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  24. Oh, what an entertaining post! Your pumpkin vase looks amazing, and I just loved the roses you chose, beautiful! Hopefully you've found the perfect spot to put it by now, lol... I understand that too! Always enjoy your posts Kim!

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    1. Thanks so much! It settled in my kitchen table...perfect! :)

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  25. Love it. Well done, you are so creative and have a great decorating eye.
    Carla

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  26. Super cute Kim! A quick and easy craft, right up my alley.

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    1. Quick and easy, Kristie...my lazy specialty! ;)

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  27. Just gorgeous Kim. Beautifully done with those amazing roses. Thanks for sharing.
    xo

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  28. HA HA HA....that was perfect...a perfect idea and a perfect idea post...AND, it is something I could absolutely tackle and not mess it up...LOL. Seriously, I think it is beautiful and such a clever idea!

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    1. Not messy at all, Benita…and when you’re done with flowers you can add cookies! ;)
      Yum.

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  29. I love it! And I love the colors of those flowers. As always, you've done a fabulous job!

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan. Your comment is super sweet! :)

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  30. What a great idea! I love repurposing thrift store finds like that. I'm always on the lookout for pieces that might hold a plant or flower arrangement or would be great for organizing my studio.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Enjoy your week!

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    1. And they don't even have to have the top to work for these purposes! :)

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  31. I'll take flowers over cookies any day! Love this, Kim. Dennis has used Pro Flowers to gift me with arrangements in the past. They do a great job. Anyway, I love what you did and it sure doesn't look like a lazy solution. It looks great! xo

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    1. Me too, Nancy! Flowers just make me smile!

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  32. Thank you so much for sharing an idea that is so clever, easy to do and how resourceful! I am on the hunt now for a pumpkin shaped cookie jar! I need an excuse to have to buy gorgeous roses. So I have something to fill the cookie jar with instead of cookies! Take care.

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    1. I am now hunting for more cookie jars, too, Thea! I may have to buy a few cookies, too...just a few!

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  33. What a beautiful idea and perfect for fall!! Happy Tuesday ~

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    1. Thank you so much! Happy Tuesday to you too! :)

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  34. Hi Kim,
    I love your pumpkin with the pretty flowers. I love the ideas, so easy and looks great! Enjoy your week.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thanks Julie! I really like those flowers, too!

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  35. Must find me a pumpkin cookie jar! Love what you did Kim!

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  36. Hi Kim. I, too, have been seeing all the real pumpkin vases but as much as I am having fun with Halloween, I hate carving a pumpkin so my vase is very similar to yours. A soup tureen that I made many years ago and then promptly broke the lid so used it for a vase instead. Although yours is so much prettier with the beautiful roses. I just stuck the phony stuff in it..Thanks for sharing all those wonderful fall ideas..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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    1. I need a soup tureen. I think I am going to put it on my thrift store list! :)

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  37. That IS a great idea and it looks wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Deb. So glad you like it! :)

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  38. Kim, you are so resourceful, and your pumpkin jar is both pretty and practical! Very impressive! Happy Thursday!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. It was creative idea born out of laziness! ;)

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  39. A super idea and what a lovely display.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Amalia. I like the colors of this one!

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  40. Just goes to show you, if you keep an open mind and look around, you never know what you will find.

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  41. Cookie jar vase!!! What a great idea!!

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    1. Thank you, Annie. It was very easy to do!

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  42. Love it!! What a great time saving idea :)
    Helen xox

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    1. Thanks Helen! It was an easy project. :)

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  43. What a beautiful idea Kimmie! xoxoxox Jen

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  44. I love this! It could be more simple and it looks fabulous! Happily pinning!

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    1. Thanks Meegan! I love getting pinned! :)

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  45. I remember this one and it's perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Stacey...and easy!! ;) The ultimate cheat!

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