If you haven’t read Monday’s post this is going to seem like a rather odd tutorial. I have a few of those from time to time. But I’ll shall forge ahead showing you one of my favorite ways to use vegetables and fruit: As decorative containers.
Supplies (not shown because… well you read the list)
Butternut Squash (or similar gourd-like vegetable)
Long Handled Spoon
Floral Foam/Oasis or Test Tube
Step 1: Get an adult who can actually use a knife properly
‘Knife Skills’ are not my specialty but I found using a sharp steak knife to saw at the squash allowed for a straighter, cleaner cut that could be completed while the squash was standing upright. This is important because no squash sits perfectly level. You have to actually sit them on a flat surface then cut parallel to the surface of you want a nice flat vase-like top.
Step 2: Scoops Away!
Use the same knife to begin hollowing out the squash. Follow up with a long handled spoon to get way down in the neck.
Step 3: Hold your Water
Depending on how long you want to keep your arrangements you can use one of the two methods. The first way I insert a vial to hold water. You can get them in floral supply sections, however, I use leftover plastic ones from my husbands home-brewing hobby. They started their life holding yeast cultures. This method works well for longer periods. The squash can dry a bit and that keeps it from molding and deteriorating as fast.
The second method just jams pre-soaked floral foam into the vase. I have found the butternut squash will hold the wet foam without leaking. However, because the squash is constantly in contact with moisture it will mold much quicker. This method is a great option if you want them for a dinner party or just for a couple of days. And much easier since you won’t have to hollow out the squash as far to accommodate the vial.
So am I crazy? Or does anyone else use fruits and vegetables in decorating? If you do I’d love to hear in the comments below.