Make it yourself with just a few simple tools. Perfect for Mother’s Day, showers, brunches, and more.
A Delicious Idea
When Allrecipes member Kiele Briscoe sent us her idea for making a fresh fruit bouquet, we knew it was a perfect project for the home cook with a can-do attitude.
If your vase opening is small, cut pieces off the foam ball with a serrated bread knife so it will fit into the vase. The round ball of foam will give your bouquet a nice shape.
Fasten the lettuce leaves into the ball with toothpicks to hide all the foam.
Cutting the Fruit
The next step is fun and messy. Using the cookie cutters, cut 1-inch slices from the watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and pineapple. You don’t need to peel anything, since you’re cutting shapes from the slices.
Cut out pink hearts from the watermelon and flowers from the cantaloupe, pineapple, and honeydew. Cut little balls out of each fruit with the melon baller to use for centers. Cutting the pineapple is a challenge. You have to push that cutter firmly to cut through the fibrous fruit.
In addition, cut a lot of skewers in half with scissors, and make half-size skewers out of strawberries, grapes, and various melon balls, to help fill out the bouquet. Core the strawberries so everything will be easy to eat.
Assembling the Bouquet
Poke skewers firmly into the foam ball through the lettuce. Space the skewers evenly, putting tall ones towards the back. Fill in with half-size skewers. Thread the cut fruit onto the skewers. Squint, consider, and move a skewer here and a pink heart there, until you are satisfied with the arrangement. Fill in some more fruit as your artistic sense tells you. There are no rules, so have fun!
It’s easier to push the skewers in first and then thread on the fruit, to keep things from falling apart.
Wowing the Crowd
You should store the finished bouquet in the refrigerator until it’s time to present it. It could take as long as an hour to cut out and assemble all the fruit skewers, so keep the lettuce-covered foam ball and vase in the refrigerator while you make the flowers.
Tools & Supplies
• One 6-inch foam ball and a vase or decorative flower pot with a 6-inch opening
• Melon baller
• 2 large cookie cutters: one heart and one flower
• Box of wooden toothpicks; a package of bamboo skewers (found in the barbeque aisle of the grocery store)
• Icebox-size seedless watermelon
• Honeydew melon
• Dark purple seedless grapes
• Head of green leaf lettuce
• Use toothpicks to fasten the centers to the flowers.
• Fruit is heavy, and some of the spindly skewers might snap off. Choose extra-stiff skewers for taller fruit flowers.
• Pushing the skewers through the tough cores of pineapple flowers takes effort, but the cores help hold the flowers on.
• It’s easier to push an empty skewer into the foam ball and then thread the fruit on afterwards. Otherwise pieces of fruit might fall off.
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