Test tube vase

I was given a box of test tubes some time ago after they were discarded as part of a lab move. I have been meaning to do something special with them but had no idea what. Then one day I got given a piece of driftwood lying about on a beach and voila! Inspiration struck.
I had to enlist Stu's help for this little project. Using a speed bore drill bit, he drilled 5 equally spaced holes into the wood. I entertained the idea of painting it but decided to just leave it and tell everyone I was going for the rustic look instead.
And then it was ready.
Flowers are horribly expensive at the moment. I saw some beautiful roses at the florist (all imported of course) but just couldn't bring myself to buy any. So I picked camelias from the garden and stuck them in. I put them on the bedside table and think they look rather lovely.

61 Responses to Test tube vase

Sarah B said...

It looks absolutely beautiful! The camelias are so classic and I love the contrast against the rough timber. Well done!

Antonella C'est moi said...

so cute!kisskiss

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I think they look amazing! Just beautiful :) xoxo

rooth said...

That is really pretty - well done!

Ocean Dreams said...

You are so creative and what a fun idea! It looks absolutely stunning in your interior. I hope your weekend was lovely, xo!

Miss K said...

Great DIY! Love it.

Well... said...

Why yes I find them rather lovely too!
Haha, best DIY yet :)

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Ade Kurnianingrum Handika Putri said...

what a great DIY :D

caise said...

such a great idea!

Tania Maree said...

This looks amazing......and so budget friendly! Tania xx

Nicole Sanders said...

What a clever idea it looks fab. I love the rustic look. :) nx

Grace said...

Such a good idea! Super cute too.

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Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

Oh I love it!!!

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look see said...

So pretty! What a great idea!

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

I love it!! So creative, it's beautiful!

Anna said...

I am actually exceedingly jealous of this AMAZING lil DIY. Mainly because I can't race out and emulate it - I am seriously crushing the whole thing hard...right down to your choice of Camelia's (even better they were hand picked). Where the heck am I going to find my own test tubes from to make my own gorgeous test tube / rustic wood vase look. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

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Robots in Trouble said...

WOW! That's a REALLY good idea! great job!

tinajo said...

Looks really good, well done!

Il Mare Atelier said...

What a beautifully executed idea! And I love the fact that it was put together with stuff you already have.

Warmly,
Su

plaits and paisley said...

Looks fabulous! The camellias look perfect x

Sam said...

I love the results of this creative project! It looks beautiful, I think it could even work for an event or personal function.

Donna said...

Trishie - this is absolutely beautiful. Such a lovely way to display flowers xx

Hanna & Christel said...

Wonderful idea!

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Gillian said...

This is so simple and beautiful. I like the wood unpainted, it shows off the flowers better somehow.

blondebenedicte said...

thank you sweetie!

awn, so beautiful. love so much these flower! :)
btw nice idea dear!
bisous xxx

Erica said...

So lovely. You gotta know, I love DIYs. This one is so rustic and unique and the nerd in me loves test tubes. :)

Tanii said...

this looks so cute! Need to do something like that as well :) Thanks for sharing the awesome idea! :)

Ann said...

That is so beautiful.

Sarah said...

This is REALLY awesome. Such a good idea.

Albertina said...

I love your project! beautiful! I love test tubes....and recently had some little bracelets designed and packaged them in a test tube as the money raised was for brain research...so the test tubes were perfect. I love your camelia's as well. beautiful photos too! Your styling is perfect!

Albertina said...

what camera/lens do you use?

Kianna Rose said...

This is amazing! I'd love to try this one day:)

Luna said...

This is lovely and what smart people to gift these two items to you. I think the camelias were a beautiful choice.

Liv Lundelius said...

We wanted to make one of those as well! So cool!
P.S: Our visa for Sydney got approved and we are moving sooon! I am so excited.

Style, She Wrote said...

What a cute and thrifty idea! Thanks for sharing. xo style, she wrote

::little projects in style:: said...

How gorgeous!! Right out of a design catalog! The rustic feel is totally appropriate!! Xx

Kelsea @ Pink Wonderland said...

Brilliant idea! I love seeing crafts that start with such simple ideas or components but transform them into something completely different. Your camelias are lovely!

Mandi said...

What a gorgeous idea! Thanks for the inspiration. There are so many times I don't buy flowers for the reason that they get so costly. Great way to buy a few and have them be beautiful.

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Gina Gao said...

This is so inspiring! I would like to try that one out.

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honey my heart said...

the vase and flowers are just perfection. camellias are one of my favorite flowers.

Ang Lam said...

Very beautiful DIY idea!!!! Love how you turn a test tube into a vase :)

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Stylish By Nature said...

Beautiful !!

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Cappuccino frío said...

lovely!

Mica said...

Aww this looks beautiful! What a unique flower arrangement :)

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designchic said...

It's so pretty...great job and I love camelias!!

Shelly { @ Quiet Luxury } said...

What a lovely accent piece for your side table. So creative!

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Punctuation Mark said...

I love this idea!

Julia said...

such a cute DIY project.

S said...

Cute idea! :D
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Steph said...

Gorgeous! Great job! :)

little t said...

Beautiful display!

Miek said...

That looks so cute! I love it :)
I finaly used my pressed flowers...but they've lost a lot of their colour. Oh well.....

Rochelle Stewart said...

When I saw this I thought it could be a nice center piece for a simple wedding...www.roros-world.com

Beauty Follower said...

Great idea!

Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

I'm just blown away by how creative you are. I LOVE these! In fact, I often tell hubby that I would be ecstatic if I get a window pot of my favorite herbs or something like this as a birthday present.

koko mo said...

ahh this is wonderful i love it!!!!!!!!

Debie Grace said...

Very smart! I love the outcome! :)

b. said...

What a wonderful idea !
This flower arrangement is a feast for the eyes ;)

Becca @ The Beauty Sample said...

You have such a beautiful blog. And OMG--this test tube vase is pretty much the most amazing thing I've seen! I wish I were this crafty and imaginative! Everything works so perfectly together--the simplicity of the test tubes, the "rustic" look of the driftwood holder (SO glad you didn't paint it!), the camellias...everything is perfection. I am SO going to copy this! It has been bookmarked :P

Wear Wild | Sara Salah said...

Looove it <3