Some pedestals have their own containers, but when using a pedestal it is better to have a bowl with a wide top. Good plastic bowls can be bought in black and in white. I prefer, however, to use an ordinary plastic washing-up bowl with a rim over which one can fold the chicken wires. Fabloti, which is sold by the metre, has a sticky back and adheres well to plastic. With a marbled pattern in black and grey, it can be used to cover the bowl, which is then filled withand fades out of sight. Casseroles, pate dishes and mixing bowls all sit well on a flat pedestal top.
Pedestals are used with containers on top to give greater height to flower. There are many varieties. One of the most useful is the wrought iron type, for it fits all periods and types of church . Often there will be a local foundry where pedestals can be made to order, and this is especially useful when a church wants a pair. It is better to have a pedestal made with a flat top with holes in each corner than to have a box-like fixed rigidly to the top. A separate container of your choice can then be used, and if necessary secured by wire through the holes. Victorian bedposts and wooden plant stands make excellent pedestals.
Papier mache pedestals can be made to look like green marble and gilded, and very effective they are in a church with formal decoration.
There are excellent wooden fluted stands which can be painted any colour and these are suitable for modern churches. Two of the best pedestals which I have ever seen were two discarded dental spitoons. They were a reasonable height and the wide basins made perfect containers!