One-dimensional ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies have been successfully synthesized through a simple round-to-round metal vapor deposition route at 550 degrees C with a zinc powder covered indium film as the source material. The structures and morphologies of the products were characterized in detail by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies found that the morphology of the products can be easily tuned from one experimental round to another. Possible growth mechanisms for the formation of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies are discussed. Photoluminescence studies show that there are sharp UV emission and broad defect-related green emissions for the products obtained in all experimental rounds. Relative intensity of the UV emission to defect-related emissions gradually increased from one experimental round to another.