Spring has finally sprung here in DC, and although it is still a bit chilly, buds and blooms are popping up everywhere. To celebrate, we were invited to a First Day of Spring party last month. My daughter insisted on taking a gift (although I explained it wasn’t a birthday party!) to the hostess, and promptly picked one of the neighbor’s daffodils. I was all set to wrap the stem in a wet paper towel and put in in a plastic bag (like I used to do when I was a kid), when inspiration struck—surely, I had something in the recycling bin that could double as a vase? A quick glance and I scored an apple juice box—perfect! I enlarged the hole a bit with a pencil, rinsed it out, then cut a piece of colored paper to wrap around it. My 3½-year-old had a great time decorating the paper with foamy stickers (you could use anything to decorate it—markers, stickers, ribbons), we glued the paper around the box, and voila! A perfectly “green” bud vase, great for giving or just for fun.