Monday, August 22, 2016

DIY Faux Ornamental Cabbage

With September just around the corner, my thoughts are on creating fall décor. If you're a regular reader, you might have discovered how I love making things out of foam sheets!  The material is so versatile and is easily manipulated with a little bit of heat, texture and color into wonderful inexpensive projects.

Ornamental cabbage is a favorite of mine for fall.  Its' intense shades of purple and green makes a colorful and lasting addition to any decorative arrangement.

See how easy this ornamental cabbage was to make using foam sheets.

 White foam sheets
Leaf templates
Acrylic paint - purple and green
Sponge brushes
Hot griddle or iron
Hot glue gun
Skewer stick or large tooth pick
Round objects (measuring spoons or small balls)
Soft sponge
Terra cotta pot/styrofoam/rocks

Make leaf templates in four or five different sizes, from 4 inches to  1/2 inches. Trace on foam sheets and cut out using a ruffle or wavy line effect.  You'll need about thirty petals - five to six in each size.
Lay the petals on a medium heat griddle or iron for a few seconds until the middle fluffs up and curls.

Place foam petals on soft foam and press centers with round objects.

 Curl and manipulate edges with fingers for a wavy, ripple effect.

Paint petals and edges with acrylic paints, beginning with the smaller petals,  in purple and then adding green and purple in variations .  .  .

using small sponges or foam brushes.

To assemble the cabbage, squeeze a small sheet of foil into a ball .  .  .

and hot glue on the small purple petals, covering the foil.

Then, begin gluing on the remaining petals, from small to large, in a clockwise flow, overlapping the layers.

 And finally, add hot glue in bottom of a terra cotta pot and insert foam and filler rocks.

I put paint on the bottom edge of the pot that was suppose to mimic moss .  .  .

and inserted a small wood skewer in the bottom of the faux cabbage and into the foam in the pot, securing with hot glue.

 I'm on my way .  .  . slowly easing into the season, getting ready for fall!

How about you?

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Fall Crafting!


  1. Beautiful dear! Love it! Thanks for sharing! xox
    Vesna - Home Chic Club
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  2. Not quite ready to decorate for Fall but cleaning spaces to prepare.
    Love your faux cabbage! Plus no forgetting to water it or squirrels wanting to dig it up! It looks great. Have a wonderful week, Gail!

  3. That looks so real, Gail! You make crafts look so easy.
    Have a great week.

  4. This is so cute- You are such a talent! I am thinking about fall too- trying not to start too early inside my home but I can't deny there's a little change in the air!

  5. Oh wow...this is so cute! I love it!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  6. i love this, these are my favorite things to plant b/c they last all thru the fall til the early winter. i'd love a faux version that could stand the elements outside!

  7. That is so beautiful. Love the colors Gail. I am thinking about Fall. it will be here before we know it. Have a great week.

  8. Parece de verdad. Un magnifico trabajo.

  9. That is absolutely beautiful Gail. I love the colour combo. I'm so looking forward to fall this year for some cooler temps... hopefully.

  10. I love it! I enjoy seeing real ornamental cabbage in gardens but it's not easy to find. You make it easy enough to make my own.

  11. Wow! I really thought the cabbage was real! This is a brilliant idea and so creative!

  12. Gail,
    This is just gorgeous! I can see a couple of these pots sitting on my front porch as I write this. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.

  13. Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing. I've signed up for your emails now.
    This afternoon I'm visiting all the bloggers that linked at my Fabulous Fall Party last year. This year's party will be at my new blog beginning Sept 1. I hope you'll come over and join the party again! Come see me here:
    Let's celebrate Fall together!

  14. Gail, You never cease to amaze me. This is fabulous! Would have never guessed how you made this. Pinning. Thanks for linking up with us this week on Snickerdoodle!

  15. These are gorgeous and they look so real. I love it and so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  16. Amazing! I would have never guessed at the process. I want one really bad. Thanks for sharing your link with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG

  17. This is so pretty! You do such amazing crafts with foam sheets, Gail! Pinning. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle!

  18. Gail I just like to come here and drool over your projects. These are things I can only aspire to in my dreams. Beautifully done, I thought it was real.


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