Leftover vegetables from your Easter feast? Here, we have an unusual and unique tutorial that is perfect to hone in on your skills in a fun and unique way!

As we mentioned on our first garden challenge blog, it is important to stay proactive during the lockdown, thinking outside the box and growing your business in other ways, for example engaging on social media, expanding your skill set and/or creating offline marketing.

As flowers are extremely limited at the moment, we have come up with a fun way to inspire you to practice or even learn a new skill! In today’s blog, Debbie has created a vegetable corsage using leeks, brussel sprouts and other leftover vegetables.

Step 1

Start by gathering your ingredients. You will need:

  •  Ivy
  • Rosemary
  • Leeks
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Foraged Greenery
  • Wires (silver rose wire & green stub wire)
  • Parafilm or stemex
  • Pair of scissors

For this tutorial, the leeks and brussel sprouts will be used as the focal and the leaves, herbs and ivy as the filler / greenery for the corsage.

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Step 2

Prepare all of the elements, wire and tape the individual components before you start constructing the corsage.

Using the silver rose wire, stitch wire the ivy. You can find our tutorial here on how to do a stitch wire.

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For other greenery or vegetables, wire using a single or double leg mount with either the silver rose or green stub wire dependant on the weight. One end of the wire used should be longer than the other which is twisted around the stem. Once you have wired the components, seal using parafilm or stemtex.

To create the roses for the floral design, strip back the leek to create 3 thin, long pieces of material. Take one length and wind the green end around itself to create the ‘bud.’ it is at this stage that you can add the wire creating a single leg mount. Continue to gradually twist and fold the rest of the strip clockwise (away from yourself) building the petals of the rose around the formed bud. Secure with the wire and tape to seal and hide the mechanics.

Step 3

Now that you have prepared all of the components of the design, you can start constructing. You can see here that all of the ingredients has been wired and taped.

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Before construction, position the elements in place to make sure you know where you would like to place. On this occasion, we are doing the leek roses as the dominant, focal flower, along with the brussel sprouts.

Secure together using the parafilm or stemtex. You can manipulate the ingredients inyo the desired position as they are all wired.


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Have a go yourselves? It really is that simple! Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing more ideas on how you can explore new techniques to expand your floral skill set using accessible materials in your home, your fridge and your garden! Like us, comment in the box below and share our ideas with family and flower lovers!



  1. Very effective, its amazing what can be done with such limited supplies. However I’m interested to see the back of this arrangement and how you can attach it to the guest’s dress. I have tried magnets and pin badges, but often these days ladies wear rather flimsy materials, rather than a suit jacket and it is difficult to keep it in place without spoiling the line of the neckline. What would you suggest?? Many thanks Catherine x

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