For this great idea (and gorgeous photos), I thank Elizabeth Goodman, creator of the very pretty "To Be Charmed" blog.
The project's star component is Japanese Washi tape, which is like a decorative masking tape. The tape is a fabric-like masking tape that comes in dozens of patterns, colors, and widths.
Some of these vases she's created are actually paper cups!
Read her post for all the how-to details -
Some places to purchase the tape:
Some pretty spring flowers on my desk would really brighten my day! (hint to boyfriend)