The Wonder Vase sounds dorkish but lives up to its name because it actually starts out life flat as a sheet of paper. (See the picture? The thing on the lower right is the Wonder Vase in its flat state.) It's so thin you can mail it to someone, hence the cards you also see in the picture. When someone also mails you flowers (or just hands them to you), it's time to put the Wonder Vase in hot water so it becomes malleable, then you can form it into its vase shape. Next, run it under cold water to "freeze" it, and it's ready for use. When the flowers die, throw them out, then put the Wonder Vase under hot water and make it flat again. All this fun for just $5.95.