Insanely easy DIY pineapple vase

Bring back summer with a tropical floral display

If you’re the sort of person who spends the majority of winter lamenting the demise of summer and planning your next trip to sunnier climes, we may well have found the perfect vase for you.

A ray of sunshine in winter

Evocative of summer holidays and palm-fringed beaches, it promises to bring a taste of the tropics to your home. In short, it’s a hollowed out pineapple.

Just on the right side of kitsch (it’s an actual pineapple, not a plastic one), this DIY project from Kara's Party Ideas makes a surprisingly stylish foil for bright and exotic blooms – and promises to brighten the greyest of days.

Best blooms to use…

Small, delicate flowers just aren’t going to cut it when they’re vying for attention with a pineapple. Likewise, the traditional English rose inside a tropical fruit will look as out-of-place as a Victorian bathing suit on a Bali beach. No, a vase as bold as this calls for bright, exuberant flowers such as roses, gerberas and lilies.

What you’ll need:

  • A pineapple
  • Flowers
  • Foliage
  • A sharp knife
  • A chopping board
  • A spoon

How to make it:

1. Cut off the top of the pineapple.

2. With a knife, carefully cut around the inside of the pineapple, leaving about 2.5cm (1 in) of outer skin left.

3. Cut the inside section of the pineapple into four quadrants to make it easier to take out.

4. Scoop out the pineapple with the spoon then use the knife to soften up the inside of the pineapple to mimic the effect of a florist’s oasis when you put the flowers in.

5. Arrange your flowers by cutting them all to the same length and pushing them into the pineapple base of the vase.