How to make a DIY fruit bouquet (or, what happens when Angela gets carried away on a Sunday morning)
I hope you’re in the mood for arts and crafts today, friends. I had something completely different planned for today’s post, but after spending too much time playing with fruit in my kitchen yesterday, I’ve decided to save it for next week.
I’m not sure exactly when I first discovered Edible Arrangements, but ever since, I’ve wanted one. The only problem? They’re EXPENSIVE! The smallest arrangement is $36, and the largest (an XL-banquet size colossal fruit extravaganza) costs $309. Even for $36, you could buy an enormous amount of fruit at the market!
Somewhere during the process of making a fruit salad yesterday morning, I decided to take it upon myself to make a flower bouquet. I had fantasies about mine looking as beautiful as the ones from Edible Arrangements, and even though it doesn’t quite match up, I’m still pretty proud of it.
And you wanna know something? It was SUPER easy! If you’re a fruit lover like me, I’m pretty sure you’ll have a blasty making one for yourself as well. I doubt the folks at Edible Arrangements will be pounding on my door any time soon asking for my skills (I’ve got a long way to go before I earn that kind of pro status), but here’s how I did it:
What you need:
- Cookie cutters – I used flowers, but you could also do stars, butterflies and hearts if you want
- A melon baller – optional, I used this to make the flower centers. You could also use berries if you don’t have a melon baller
- Wooden skewers
- A head of napa cabbage, radicchio, or other object that you can use to secure the skewers inside of – iceberg lettuce would also do the trick
- Curly kale, or something else green and leafy
- A vase or bowl to hold the arrangement in – a wide base works best
- Assorted fruit (obviously!) – I used melons, strawberries, kiwis, blueberries, and pineapple
Step 1: Put your cabbage in the bottom of the bowl or vase. If you’re using a wide-bottomed container, you could put 2 side by side to fill the space.
Step 2: Cut up your fruit. Use your cookie cutters to make the shapes you want in the arrangement, and use the melon baller to scoop out the centers for the flowers (or use something else like strawberries, blueberries, or grapes if you don’t have a melon baller).
Step 3: Start arranging the skewers (your stems) securely by stabbing them into the cabbage/radicchio/lettuce/whatever you’ve got in the base of your bowl or container.
Step 4: Thread some of the fruit on to additional skewers. (I did this with the cantaloupe.) I found it easier to thread the fruit on the non-pointy end so that I could stick the skewer into the cabbage more easily. Stick these into the outside edges of the arrangement.
Step 5: To add a little greenery, insert leaves of kale amongst the skewers, leaving some showing over the top of the container.
Step 6: Thread the remaining fruit onto the skewers, and keep adding more until you’ve filled out the space.
Step 7: Enjoy!
And here are all the steps in one handy dandy (easy-to-pin!) graphic:
So tell me…
- Have you ever made a fruit arrangement? What did you put in yours?
- What’s the latest DIY/crafty project you took on? Did you get totally sucked in and carried away with it like I did? How did it turn out?
One last thing! The winner of my Nature’s Path Qi’a giveaway is Ariana! Congrats girl! I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your shipping info.
Have a great day, friends!