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How to make vegetable flowers

November 30, 2008

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Flat vegetable flowers are great for dressing up your bento to finish up. Put them on broccoli, on rice, on sandwiches, etc… anywhere you want. It adds a nice finishing touch and will definitely cutify your bento.

Carrot flower:
- Carrrot
- Cheese for #2 (optional)

[Carrot flower #1]
1. Slice a carrot and make upside down V-shape incision around the carrot.

2. If you don’t like eating carrot skin, you can cut the outside part.

[Carrot flower #2]
1. Slice a carrot, and use any flower shape cookie cutter to cut out the carrot. *You can just stop right here, and your carrot already looks much cuter than ordinary boring carrot like. (Check out the Path to Totoro Forest)

2. Use a straw to make holes on where petals are, and on the center.

Carrot flower #1 looks really adorable on broccoli. I usually use baby carrots for this, but you can just use the smaller part of a carrot. The secret weapon to make simple yet fancy-looking Carrot flower #2 is a straw! You can also make flowers out of cheese, apple, ham, anything that’s soft enough to make a hole with a straw. In the picture below, I made a flower with cheese, and swapped carrot bits & cheese bits.

If you don’t have a cookie cutter, don’t worry. You can make a Carrot flower #1, and use a straw to cut out holes. (like the one at the right bottom) If you have hard time getting a veggie piece out of a straw, just blow it out from the other end. I save carrot bits I get from cutting carrot with a straw. You can use them as eyes or cheeks (if you’re making animals or people), or just sprinkle them around in your bento!

A cookie cutter and a straw can make an ordinary carrot look pretty fancy!

Carrot tulip is more 3D, so you can stick it in the corner of your bento box like veggie sticks.
[Carrot tulip]
- carrot
- cucumber

1. Slice a cucumber about 3/4 inch thick, and cut it in half.
2. Cut out V-shape where seeds are.

3. Cut the carrot like a tulip.

This is what a tulip looks like in my head.

4. Stick toothpick through the cucumber and carrot, and done!

Also great for a party!

You can also check out more “how to” on my blog and my flickr.

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NoLNo Gravatar December 7, 2008 at 6:31 am

How cool are these! I was a bit scared off by the beauty of them, and thought they would be over my head in terms of technique, but I think even I can do this. Thanks, my 4 yr old will be in heaven on Monday.

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chinneeNo Gravatar February 17, 2009 at 2:30 pm

this is so beautiful! thanks for your great teaching on pictures (something i really need!)

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AleiNo Gravatar September 15, 2009 at 7:58 am

Great job! My mom will be making these, too

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debyNo Gravatar October 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

no other words… i love you…kikikkkkiikkk..
thanks for sharing your this..putting lots of effort describing it step by step..

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Steve Moverlay-BrownNo Gravatar June 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I manufacture stainless steel cutters for use in a hand potato chipper. The cutters are computer generated and can be almost any shape. The cutter produces a baton form that is then simply sliced to make the shapes.

I can send pictures of some shapes that I have already made if you are interested.

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Jackie ClarkNo Gravatar April 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

Please send pixs of your stainless steel cutters. Also, do you sell the actual product?

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TinaNo Gravatar November 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

I just love your website and all the great things you make!

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Lillian RussoNo Gravatar July 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Very cute! I’ll have to try it! Thanks for showing us this!

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MimiNo Gravatar May 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Love how easy and cute those little tulips are! Perfect for the garden bridal shower we’re planning!

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