Frugal Craft: Make a Posey Vase from a Toothbrush Holder

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on July 10, 2009

Yes, you read that correctly! This craft turns a dollar store toothbrush holder into a posy vase!  Once and for all I have solved the problem of what to do with the bouquets of dandelions, wildflowers and weeds that your children bring you.

I got this idea from a friend who had a “posy” vase she had bought at a craft fair. It was a little squat vase with several holes across the top. She swore no mom should be without one-it is the perfect thing for putting all those stemless little posies in that little kid fingers pick for you. You know-the ones that are presented so proudly to you but won’t fit in any regular vase you own.

And yes, I may be using the term “craft” very loosely here-this takes almost no effort.

You start out by buying a dollar store toothbrush holder. I liked this one because of it’s basic hue and clean shape.

Then you get out your trusty E-6000 glue. This stuff is a frugal staple-with it you can glue just about anything to anything else. I’ve glued glass to glass (making Christmas crafts), wood to glass (repairing my pot lid), ceramic to ceramic (fixing the lid to my Pfaltzgraff flour canister, a sugar bowl and the bottom of my ceramic butter dish), multiple broken ornaments and tschoke’s. . . the list goes on and on.

See? According to the list it is permanent, flexible, paintable and waterproof. . . . trust me, you’ll love this stuff. Just keep it out of reach of the kids.

Now you pull that little plug out of the bottom of the toothbrush holder.

Use the E-6000 to glue the plug in place so your “vase” doesn’t leak all over the place when you fill it.

Once it is dry-Viola! You have a vase!

I wanted to be true to the spirit of kids poseys, but believe it or not Yankee Bill has kept the lawn so nicely mowed that I couldn’t find a dandelion anywhere! So I filled this with 2 Tiger Lily flowers (they are wildflowers in NY) a wave Petunia from my flower boxes and a leaf from my Gerber Daisies.  Believe it or not, 3 days later and the Petunia and Gerber Daisy leaf are still going strong!

Oh, and Princess insisted on decorating the table with the additional flower petals to make it “fancy”.

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Rhonda July 10, 2009 at 9:11 am

This is really cute Jen! And this is one of those items I often see for 10 cents at thrift stores. What a great idea for re-purposing it, thanks!


lenka July 10, 2009 at 10:50 am

I love it.I would like to posted on my blog if is ok with you.Thanks


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate July 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

Rhonda-Glad you enjoyed it! It really can be a very inexpensive thing to do :)

Lenka-Feel free to mention this article on your blog and link back to here.


Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen July 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

This is great! I also like toothbrush holders for pencil cups.


Jendi July 10, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I’m going to try this! Now you can tell us how to clean out the inside when the hard water makes it all icky! :)


Jenn @ Frugal Upstate July 11, 2009 at 6:51 am

Since the whole thing cost a dollar, I wasn’t too worried about the water stains etc on the inside. I guess you could try the skinny end of a bottle brush, or put something hard like dry rice in there with just a tiny bit of water & baking soda (no soap when flowers are involved!) cover the holes and swish around to sort of “scrub”. . . .


kath July 11, 2009 at 10:16 am

Cute idea! If you wash and reuse plastic bags like I do, you could also stick some dowels into the holes and use it for drying the bags.

I imagine you could clean of the toothbrush holder/vase by just sticking it in the dishwasher, although it might affect the glue. Check the glue tube and see if it says anything about washing it.


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