Creating the unexpected with ordinary items is so rewarding. I have used cabbages for vases in my floral designs in the past. One in particular was a Peter Rabbit themed baby shower that went perfectly with the cabbages and Brussels sprout garden elements in this arrangement. To create this look, I laid a foundation of preserved moss that will serve as a base and backdrop for the flowers. I then cut a cabbage in half and cut down the stem so it will lay flat. I then gut the cabbage to create a hollow spot for the floral foam, but be careful not to cut the outer layers of cabbage. You can use either a red or green cabbage depending upon which color suits your need best. You can create a really pretty look by blending red & green cabbages to make a larger centerpiece. A savoy cabbage has even more texture, so feel free to play around with what works for your event. I filled my cabbages with light green carnations and purple and green daisy chrysanthemums because the colors look so nice with each other! I like to use wet foam when decorating with fresh flowers as it keeps the floral elements fresh for so much longer. I then accented the floral arrangement with a sporadic laying of Brussels sprouts and more daisy chrysanthemums on top of the preserved moss. I also save my moss from project to project as this helps cut down on costs- simply put it in a giant Ziplock bag when you're finished with it!
I took the design further by making my own place setting holders by cutting slits with a sharp knife into the remaining Brussels sprouts and sticking my watercolor place setting cards in the slit. You can find the DIY instructions from a previous blog post here.
This sweet design could have many uses from baby showers, garden parties, wedding decor to your own dinner parties! I love the natural elements and play of purple and green colors as I feel it gives a warm cheery look to the piece overall. Like PaperCanvasEtc on Facebook to keep up to date with all our design ideas, artwork, and creative ramblings! As always - Happy Designing!