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How to make vegetable flowers November 30, 2008

Posted by AnnaTheRed in bento blog (all), how-to (all), how-to - decorations/basic stuff.
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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.

It doesn't have to be 8 V-shapes, any number of V-shape will do.

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.
And 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 swap 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 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.


1. NoL - December 7, 2008

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.

2. chinnee - February 17, 2009

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

3. Alei - September 15, 2009

Great job! My mom will be making these, too

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