D.I.Y. Vegetable Florals

vegetable floral arrangement DIY feat

Happy Monday — today is my birthday! Over the weekend I threw a little Moroccan-inspired birthday soirée and Rosé tasting for me and some girlfriends, and I was so pleased with the results!

Whenever I entertain, I very much enjoy creating the floral arrangements for the table. With this particular event, I was clear in my mind that I wanted to work with Rosé-inspired colors and faded greens, but I was pleasantly surprised to find artichoke and kale at the flower stand! It was the first time I had worked with vegetables in my flower arrangements…I’m hooked.

Here’s a 5-step D.I.Y. to get a beautiful, bountiful floral bouquet with vegetables:

Step 1: Choose Four Types of Blooms

vegetable floral arrangement DIY step 1 flowers

To get the fullness and texture I wanted, I mixed four types of blooms: large vegetables, a main flower/color, an accent color and texture, and tall and small stems.

Step 2: Start with the Vegetables

vegetable floral arrangement DIY step 2 vegetables

Since the kale and artichoke were the largest in size, I started with these first, spreading them out to roughly four “corners” of an 8″ round vase. (Tip: don’t space them out perfectly; be sure to bunch at least two closer together.)

Step 3: Add the Main Color

vegetable floral arrangement DIY step 3 main color

The medium-sized flowers I used also represented the main color tones I wanted. I inserted them within the vegetables, spacing them out fairly evenly (but again, not perfectly!).

Step 4: Insert the Accent Color & Texture

vegetable floral arrangement DIY step 4 accent color texture

I then included a few out-of-the-ordinary blooms with a lot of texture in an accent tone to add visual interest.

Step 5: Mix in Tall & Small Stems

vegetable floral arrangement DIY step 5 tall small

As a final touch, I like to dot in tall stems and smaller blooms that vary the height and weight. I’ll usually put in 2-3 spots of tall, spaced out. For the small blooms, I like to bunch them somewhat closer together, rather than spacing them out too much so they don’t get lost.

In Situ: Sneak Peek!

vegetable floral arrangement DIY step 6 in situ table setting

vegetable floral arrangement DIY step 6 in situ table

Here are quick pics I took of the table before the party started — in the end, I added in a few bright coral stems to bring the arrangements more into summer colors and really make them pop. And I wrapped a pretty paper around the vases to cover the stems.

More details and DIY’s from the event to come!


Photos, arrangements & styling by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).