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If you spend too much time in generic sterile hotel rooms (and even if you don't!), you'll love this little thing.

It weighs next to nothing and packs in almost no space, but can transform your hotel room into an oasis of beauty when filled with flowers.

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WonderVase portable flower holder

Add a touch of humanity to your hotel room

The WonderVase allows you to conveniently display flowers anywhere you choose.

It folds flat for packing, and its lightweight portability makes it ideal for any traveler seeking to add a touch of color and character to an otherwise drab hotel room.



The Wondervase lies flat for packing, weighs next to nothing, and opens up to create an attractive vase for flowers.

Available in three sizes, it is an inexpensive and thoughtful gift for yourself and other frequent travelers in your life.

Wondervase Philosophy

If you're like me, you spend too much of your life traveling from city to city, and too many nights in strange hotel rooms.  Apart from a very few (and very expensive) hotels, the rooms are lifeless, sterile, and generic, and completely devoid of any personal customization.

Some people combat this by traveling with a framed photo of their family.  Others just try and ignore the de-humanizing aspects of living in ever changing hotel rooms.

Sometimes I've been places where I or a traveling companion have been given flowers, but what can we do with them when we get them back to our hotel room?  I've tried various tactics, even standing them in the coffee jug, but none have been particularly successful.

And so I was delighted to see the Wondervase.


A portable traveling vase for flowers? Whatever will they think of next!

But, as improbable as this concept is, the actual reality is both positive and practical.  The Wondervase is made out of a clear plastic that looks like glass when filled with water.

To use the Wondervase, you simply add water to it and then add flowers, same as you would with a regular glass vase.  What's that?  No flowers?  That's easily solved too!  You can go online to the tulip page at ProFlowers and have them delivered to your room.

Then, when you're traveling again, empty the vase, leave the flowers for the maid, press the vase flat and pack it in your suitcase.

The Wondervases come in three different sizes.  The small vase measures about 4" in diameter when filled with water and stands 8" tall.  It weighs an almost imperceptible oz.  This can hold one single flower without looking too empty, but could also fit a reasonable sized bouquet.

The medium vase is 6" in diameter and 11" tall, and the large vase is 8"x13" - big enough for a very generous assortment of flowers to fill your room with freshness, lovely smells, and gorgeous color.

The plastic is a thermo-setting plastic.  You can heat it up with hot water to make it soft, and then shape it to a certain extent.  Run it under cold water and it retains its shape.  Of course, the pressure of the water when you fill it tends to smooth out anything too extreme in the form of shaping, but it can help you add a small amount of extra personality to the vase if you're so inclined.  Then, when seeking to pack it for travel, run it in hot water, smooth it out, and pack it into your suitcase.

The plastic seems strong and durable, and unlikely to puncture or tear.  You should be able to realistically expect a reasonable amount of life from each vase.

Some of the vases are clear in color and others have a colored base while the plastic sides remain clear.  Due to how light reflects off the colored base, this gives the whole vase a subtle tint.

Where to Buy

The Wondervase is available through its own website, but I'm not sure where it can be found now.


Sometimes a very small thing can make all the difference to one's state of mood and mind, and the Wondervase is a good example of such an item.

Great if you're a frequent traveler, or even if you're not.  And at low prices, it won't cost an arm and a leg, either as a small indulgence for yourself, or as a gift for a friend.

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Originally published 27 Aug 2004, last update 30 May 2021

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