How to Use a Vintage Bean Pot for a Sunflower Bouquet

Do you ever forage through your house for things to decorate with? Something you already have or preferably something cheap?

Front view of a vintage bean pot on a tick striped farmhouse towel

I do that all the time and a few weeks ago my sister showed up at my house with some boxes from her garage stash.

The stash consisted of things that were at our parents home when they both passed away and these things ended up at my sister's house.

I still haven't gone through all the boxes (there were only three so I have no idea what my problem is) but the first one I went through had an antique coffee grinder (you'll be seeing that eventually) and a bean pot and the bean pot is what I'm sharing for today's Thrifty Style Team post!

After you check out what I did (it is so, so complicated...not really) please head to the bottom of the post and check out all of the other Frugal Fall Home Decorating inspiration from the rest of the thrifty pals!

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My Vintage Bean Pot

Close up of bottom half of vintage bean pot with crown and the number 3

Now, back to the bean pot. I brought it upstairs from my garage, washed it out, and then stared at it...really hard...trying to figure out what to do with it...and SUNFLOWERS!

I saw a gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers at Costco....and didn't buy them. UGH Then, I went to Dollar General and saw a bouquet of mixed flowers including sunflowers...bought those....then went back to Costco and bought more sunflowers...and, I finally had enough to put in the bean pot!

Don't Make This Mistake

Vintage bean pot filled with fresh sunflowers

At first, I put water directly into the bean pot and arranged the was gorgeous...BUT, the glaze did not hold the water and I had a bit of a mess....there was brown thick yuck all over the bottom of the pot...and on the plate I put underneath it.

I am so glad I thought to put it on a plate first.....lesson learned...listen to my gut!

How to Use a Bean Pot the Right Way As a Vase

Mason Jar in front of vintage bean pot

I removed the flowers from the bean pot, rewashed it, and put a mason jar inside to hold the water and the flowers....

overhead view of mason jar inside bean pot

That worked perfectly! It was a tight fit with all of the flowers I crammed in there and I need to add water daily to keep everything fresh but it is so worth it!

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And, if you don't have a bean pot (if you do, let me know!) you can order a new bean pot right here.

How to Keep Sunflowers from Wilting After Cutting

Keep your sunflowers fresh longer by recutting the stems and putting them in fresh cut flower food (like this one) every two days. Cut the stems at an angle under water to prevent air bubbles from entering the stem. Keep the stems in water while you empty and wash the vase.

Simple steps to using a vintage bean pot to create a beautiful autumn display with fresh sunflowers.

And there you have it! Now, for more inspiration from the rest of the team!

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The How To Home – Vintage Bean Pot Vase filled with a Sunflower Bouquet

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Sweet Pea – Dollar Tree Tumbling Tower Block Pumpkins

What Meegan Makes – How To Make a Faux Pumpkin Centerpiece

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Lora B. Create & Ponder – DIY Plaid Flannel Coasters

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  1. Vicki & Jenn says:

    We love "shopping" our homes for decor! What a special item to have and the sunflowers are perfect.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, ladies, and you always have the most beautiful decor! xo

  2. Kelly Radcliff says:

    Mary Beth I love your idea of using a bean pot! So darling with the sunflowers too!! Great Fall combo!

  3. Jennifer Howard says:

    MaryBeth, I just found the same bean pot thrifting a few weeks ago!! It's the perfect vessel for Fall flowers.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Oh my goodness that you have one, too! I'd love to know what you do with yours. xo

  4. That vintage bean pot is so cool MaryBeth, and make the ideal vessel for the sunflowers! It's such a pretty combo xx

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy!

  5. You have such a beautiful talent for design and decorating. This is so lovely Mary Beth!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you very much, Meegan! I appreciate your kind words. xo

  6. Paula@SweetPea says:

    Your vintage bean pot is perfect for a fall flower arrangement. I would love to have one of these and will keep my eyes open when I'm out thrifting.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I hope you find one soon, Paula! I know you'll do something beautiful with it.

  7. Sandi Allen says:

    This is beautiful! Love the bean pot & Love sunflowers. Thanks for the tip on putting them in a jar first.

  8. Lora Bloomquist says:

    This is so pretty! Perfect arrangement for this time of year. I always love Costco's sunflowers, and those vintage brown ceramics; wonderful combo!

  9. Kristi L Dominguez says:

    MaryBeth-- Love that the bean pot came from your family...that makes it all the more special. And your sunflowers make it the perfect fall arrangement. Have a lovely autumn! xoxo

  10. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    Mary Beth, I love this little sunflower arrangement in the vintage bean pot! I have a similar piece and you've inspired me to try to figure out what to do with it, lol.