Canapes with begonia garnish

Beyond the Garden: Getting Creative with Begonia Crafts

We all know begonias make beautiful flowers to enjoy in the garden, but did you know how many creative uses there are for them? You can eat them, craft with them, and even dye fabric with them! These versatile flowers can be used in all sorts of surprising, unique ways. Read on for lots of fun begonia crafts that will inspire you to get creative.

Get creative with Benary's BIG Begonias

Eat Them

Pick flowers early in the morning, as this is when they have the highest water content and are not at all droopy. Begonias have a sour, citrusy flavor and look wonderful topping canapés or cupcakes, or garnishing a Pink Lady cocktail.

Canapes with begonia garnish

Cupcake with begonia topper

To make a Pink Lady, combine ½ oz. each gin, lemon juice, and grenadine with the white from 1 egg. Strain and serve in a chilled glass with a sprig of rosemary and a few begonias floating on top.

Pink Lady cocktail with begonia and rosemary

 

 

Take a Begonia Bath

You can dry petals to use in begonia crafts and natural beauty recipes. They make a nice addition to soothing bath salts and give them a delicate floral scent.

Recipe:

Simply mix together 2 cups Epsom salts, 4 tablespoons baking soda, and a couple of handfuls of dried begonia petals.

If you like, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Store in a Mason jar and add a scoop or two to your next bath for a relaxing at-home spa experience.

Soothing begonia bath salts

Decorate a Phone Case

Make a unique and beautiful phone case with begonia petals. Press begonias (and any other botanicals you want) in a book and when they are fully dried, fix them with small dabs of glue to a plain phone case in the arrangement you like.

Pressed flower phone case with begonias

 

After the glue dries, apply 1-2 coats of clear epoxy resin to protect the flowers.

add 1-2 coats of epoxy resin

Customize Napkins

You can even use begonias to dye fabric! These personalized begonia-patterned napkins are fun and easy to make. Use 100% cotton fabric, as other material won’t take up the pigment well. Place a plastic bag underneath your napkin to protect your work surface. Lay fresh begonias face-down on the napkin and cover with another plastic bag. Gently hammer the begonia through the plastic bag until it feels flattened. Carefully remove the plastic bag and the begonia. The flower’s natural dye will have transferred to the fabric. Repeat until you have the pattern you want.

Napkin dyed with begonia flowers

Plant them in Unexpected Places

Try planting your begonias in surprising places. You can use almost anything as a planter, and items like colorful rain boots and vintage suitcases look positively adorable.

Plant begonias in a vintage suitcase

You can even use a plastic children’s’ ball with the top cut out to make a creative planter. Make sure the item you choose as a planter has good drainage, or drill drainage holes if necessary. Line the container with newspaper before adding potting soil and then add some colorful begonias.

Begonia planted in a plastic ball

A BIG thank you to Benary for sharing their creative ideas for begonia crafts with us! Benary is the creator of BIG® Begonias, a new generation of begonia with remarkable traits, including substantial height and flower size, and the ability to thrive in sun or shade in a wide range of climates. Drought-tolerant and self-cleaning, BIG® is a big deal for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance, attention-getting plant. Check them out on Facebook and keep an eye out for these beauties in your local garden center!

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Michele P.
    Michele P.July 6,17

    I love the idea of printing fabric with begonias, but have a question: how do you make the print of the begonia secured into the fabric? Won’t it wash out? Thanks!

  2. Robbie Proctor
    Robbie ProctorJuly 7,17

    Wow these are really cool! Do different colours of begonias tend to have a different flavours? I’m thinking about experimenting :)

  3. Imgoog
    ImgoogJuly 10,17

    I love these idea~~~ Thank you for sharing!!

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