Garden Cabbage Arrangement DIY

Not every vase must be made of glass, plastic, stone, or wood. The possibilities of using unique vessels for your arrangements are nearly endless. In today’s post, we use a cabbage as the vessel for a simple but beautiful design.

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What you will need:

  • Medium-size purple cabbage
  • Small piece of floral foam to fit inside the hole you will carve in the cabbage (soak in water 20 minutes prior to using)*
  • One bunch Dusty Miller
  • One bunch each white and purple Freesia
  • Two bunches of Knautia “Melton Pastales”
  • Floral clippers, a cutting board, and a small paring knife

*  I find that floral foam is useful at times (such as in topiaries), but try to limit its use given that it isn’t great for the environment (non biodegradable) and can be messy. A kenzan could be used as a replacement in this arrangement.

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Take off the outer leaves of the cabbage to remove any bruised or unsightly pieces. Then, using the cutting board and paring knife, remove the bottom of the cabbage so that it can sit level without moving.

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Using your knife, hollow out the inside of the cabbage where your floral foam will reside. Be careful not to remove too much of the cabbage so that it maintains its sturdiness.

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Place the pre-soaked floral foam in the space that you have carved out of the cabbage.

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Starting from the outside of the floral foam, insert the Dusty Miller.

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Once you are happy with the look of the Dusty Miller, start placing your white and purple Freesia into the floral foam. It can be at varying heights and you can bunch your colors together as desired for a more natural look.

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Fill in all empty spaces with the Knautia. I like to use both opened and buds for variety and texture.

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Examine your centerpiece from all directions once finished to ensure that it looks full and beautiful. Enjoy!

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Credits: All photography by Angie Cao

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4 comments
claudettefarrin
claudettefarrin

How creative this is,  Kiana!  Gran will get a kick out of your use of a cabbage "vase" when we show her tonight.  I also enjoy learning the names of the flowers.  Thank you, and well done.

Bethany22
Bethany22

I love the bright colors and the creativity of using the vegetable! Dusty Miller is really pretty too for the different texture and color!

kiana
kiana moderator

@claudettefarrin Thank you Claudette! Please give my love to Gran when you see her.