Upcycling old crystal
Phalaenopsis or moth orchids are perfect candidates for potting up in crystal vases, as their epiphytic roots need little soil. Fill the bottom third of the vase with decorative gravel, and be careful not to overwater. Bud vases and crystal goblets are lovely as tea light candle holders, or use them to make your own scented candles for gifts. When pouring the melted wax into the vases, use a pair of chopsticks to hold the wick upright until the wax has set. Turn large decanters into terrariums. Garden centres and hardware stores have a good selection of baby houseplants for this purpose. Add sparkle to a table setting by coiling strands of battery powered LED seed lights inside a trifle bowl or candy compote. If crystal is due for a comeback, why not aspic and jellied terrines too? Serve these retro dishes in crystal bowls if you don’t have access to decorative jelly moulds.