How to make a Creative Flower Vase using Sliced Citrus

This easy tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful flower vase using lemons or grapefruit. It’s a great way to add some color to a clear vase.

With January comes a wealth of lemons from the tree. I enjoy using my creativity to come up with new uses for the fruit. Citrus is a wonderful addition to your floral arrangements in the winter season. Grab a few lemons or grapefruits from the tree ( or the grocery store) and let’s get started. This is a super easy way to elevate your flower vase.

flower arrangementin a vase with grapefruit sliced

Supplies to create your citrus slice vase

  • Two clear vases, one that fits inside of the other with about 1/4″ space in between
  • Lemons, grapefruit, or the citrus of your choice
  • Fresh flowers and greenery
  • Water

I have a friend who has a very large Pink Ball Tree, if you have never seen one, they are amazing and have these unbelievable-looking flowers that hang upside down. They look very much like a hydrangea bloom.

pink ball blossom on tree

I thought it would be fun to make an arrangement using these flowers, however, it was not the easiest. Since they want to hang upside down, it was a challenge to get the stems into the vase, but I did it. For this arrangement, I used lemon slices in the vase and an assortment of greenery from Trader Joe’s.

I also made a second arrangement using grapefruit slices with some fresh roses.

Directions to make a citrus flower vase

  1. You want to purchase two round clear glass vases. One needs to fit inside of the other with approximately a 1/4″- 1/2″ gap all the way around. I prefer to use round for this project so you do not have corners to deal with.
two round glass vases
two glass vases, one inside of the other

Adding your citrus slices to your flower vase

grapefruit slices on a plate
Grapefruit half slices on a plate.
lemon and lemon slices
  • I chose to use lemons and grapefruits, however, you could use limes, or oranges as well.
  • Slice your fruit so the slices are approximately 1/4″ thick.
  • Use a serrated knife to accomplish this as the slicer was not working well and I felt I had more control over the larger fruit with a knife.
  • Since the grapefruit slices were so large, It was better to cut them in half. When I tried to use the whole slice, it kept getting stuck and bending.
Clear glass vase with grapefruit slices
Clear glass vase with lemon slices

Add water to your flower vase

Add water to cover all of the citruses in between the vases as well as fill the inner vase.

You are now ready to arrange your flowers.

Arranging your fresh flowers

  • For the first arrangement with the lemons, I put the pink ball flowers in first, as I wanted them to hang around the edge like they naturally hang ( I also used a very tall vase to allow for this arrangement ).
  • Then I added some greenery, lemon leaves, eucalyptus, and some pine.
  • Lastly, I added in the roses and the Alstroemeria ( they are the white and pink flowers from Trader Joe’s).

Simple Roses and Eucalyptus

The grapefruit was so pretty and I did not want to take away from the vase, so I chose simple blush pink roses in two sizes with two types of eucalyptus for this arrangement.

pink baby roses
large blush pink rose folded open

Start with your greenery and create a base. The image on the left is the seeded Eucalyptus and then I added the silver dollar eucalyptus in the image on the right.

Eucalyptus in a flower vase with grapefruit slices.
Eucalyptus in a flower vase with sliced grapefruit

Next, you want to add your largest flowers first. I peeled back a few of the petals on the large roses and blew on the center to make them look more open. It’s amazing what a little hot air will do.

flower arrangementin a vase with grapefruit sliced

I hope you enjoyed this easy way to create a unique and pretty flower vase using sliced citrus fruit for springtime. Follow my blog for more inspiration, tips, tutorials, and home decor ideas. You can also find me on Pinterest and Instagram. Thank you for reading!

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  1. What a beautiful idea Wendy, I could see these on tables at a wedding too. I have never considered grapefruit, but… well now, I am thinking we need grapefruit! Thank you so much for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday!

    1. Thank you so much Cara. The pink certainly adds a fun touch to the vase.

  2. I love this arrangement, Wendy! I’m a sucker for anything citrus in the spring! Thanks for the tutorial, and I’ll be featuring your post at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned!

    1. Hi Julie, thank you so much. I will be sure to pop over tomorrow to say hello.

  3. I used lemons for my DIL’s baby shower. I love how you used the grapefruit. So pretty and fresh looking!

    1. They are so fun to use arent they? I am sure your arrangements were beautiful.

  4. This is one of my favorite things to do with flowers! I have never used grapefruit always lemons and limes I will have to try that next. Have a wonderful weekend Wendy!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I love the color of the pink grapefruit, it adds a freshness to the arrangement. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Oh goodness I am in love with the grapefruit arrangement! All the colors are perfect!

    1. Thank you, Crystal, the colors are so yummy, aren’t they.

    1. Thank you, Michele! very soft colors which are nice for Valentine’s Day.

  6. So gorgeous Wendy! I love it! Perfect for any table, any time!!

  7. It’s so much fun to add fruit in to arrangements. Your arrangements are beautiful, my friend.

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