Fruit Bouquets

Have you ever looked at an Edible Arrangement and wished you could do that yourself! Well, now you can! Here are three great fruit bouquets you can make for any holiday or as a centerpiece at a party or BBQ, or as a gift for someone you care about.  

You are going to use the same basic principles for all of them, so once you make one you will know how to make the others. I will start with the flower bouquet, which is actually the hardest of the three. So once, you do that one you will be a pro and the other two will come easy! 

Flowers Fruit Bouquet

Here are the things you will need:   

  • Cute bucket / basket to put the bouquet in
  • 1-2 heads of iceberg lettuce, depending on the size of your bucket / basket
  • 1 head red leafy lettuce
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 1 pineapple
  • 3 metal flower cookie cutter; the same shape but in different sizes - and I used one additional flower cookie cutter that was a different flower shape. You can use as many cookie cutters as you like.
  • 10 inch bamboo skewers
  • Melon baller

Step 1: Start by cutting your pineapple in to sections like this:

Step 2: Put the pineapple slices on a cookie tray and use your metal cookie cutter to cut out the shapes you need; do this for all the pineapple slices. Make sure to use varying flower cookie cutter sizes so you can mix and match with the honeydew and cantaloupe.

Make sure to use metal cookie cutters because plastic cookie cutters don't cut through the fruit as well.  

If you have strings of pineapple left on your shapes after you cut them out with the cookie cutter just snip them off with some kitchen scissors.  

Keep all your cut out pineapple flowers on your cookie sheet. 

Step 3: Follow this same process for the honeydew and the cantaloupe. This will be slightly harder because you have to remove the seeds from these fruits before you can use them, so it is harder to get a large area to cut your shapes out of, Try cutting your fruit lengthwise instead of in half and it might help.

Only use half your cantaloupe and honeydew for the flowers, you will need the other half for the round flower centers. 

Put the cut out flowers on your cookie sheet. 

Step 4: Use a melon baller to scoop circular balls out of both your honeydew and your cantaloupe, these will serve as the center of your flowers.

Put these on your cookie sheet. 

Step 5: Everything should be on the cookie sheet you started with where you put your first pineapple flower cut out.  Take this cookie sheet and place it in your refrigerator for a while. This helps the fruit stay cool and also remain intact and easier to work with when you start placing the flowers together on the skewers.

Step 6: While your fruit is cooling, assemble your basket / bucket where the final flower bouquet will be. To do this, get out your iceberg lettuce and red leafy lettuce. 

Start by placing your iceberg lettuce in the bucket. This will be what your skewers will go in to so they stand up. But, since iceberg lettuce isn't the prettiest, take leaves of your red leafy lettuce and place it around the iceberg lettuce to cover it up. These can also show through your bouquet as the leaves of your flowers.  

You might need to cut your iceberg lettuce so that it fits in your bucket, or use more than one head of iceberg lettuce to fill the entire space depending on the size of your bucket.  it is also okay that the red leafy lettuce doesn't lay down when you put it in, your skewers will help hold it down when you assemble your bouquet.

Step 7: Take your fruit out of the refrigerator. Start assembling your flowers however you think looks best. Take your base flower and put it through a skewer, then take your next level flower and put it on top, then your third size flower on the very top covered with a round circle of either honeydew or cantaloupe. You can put one, two or three flowers on each skewer and customize the look to be anything you want! 

You will probably need to cut the end of the skewers to make the flowers the right height for your bouquet so the height of each flower varies.  

Step 8: Once you are done assembling your flowers, you are done! Look how gorgeous it is! 

This makes a great Mother's Day or birthday surprise! 

Next we will do the Valentine's Day Bouquet, which is also great for an Anniversary! 

Valentine's Day Fruit Bouquet

Here are the things you will need:  

  • Cute vase to put the bouquet in
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • A bunch of strawberries, depending on the size of your vase. They will need to cover the entire top of your vase.
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1 metal heart cookie cutter
  • 10 inch bamboo skewers

Step 1: Start by cutting out your heart shaped pineapple slices in the same way you cut our the flower pineapple slices listed in steps 1 and 2 of the flower bouquet tutorial above. 

Put them in the fridge to cool when they are all cut. I cut out an extra in case I needed it. 

Step 2: Cut your iceberg lettuce and place it in your vase; this will be what your skewers go in to to hold the strawberries and pineapple hearts in place. 

Step 3: Skewer your strawberries from the top, where the leafy part is, so they stand on the end of the skewer. Place the skewer in to the iceberg lettuce in the vase on the edge of the top lip of the vase. Do this until the strawberries form a circle around the outside edge of the top of the vase. 

Step 4: Do this again until the center space of your vase is full of strawberries. 

Step 5: Take your pineapples out of the refrigerator and skewer them from the bottom point of the heart up. Place your skewers in the iceberg lettuce in the vase so they stand up tall above the strawberries.  

And you are done! Easier than you thought, huh?! 

Next we will do the Fourth of July / Red, White and Blue Bouquet, which is great for any patriotic holiday!

Red, White and Blue Fruit Bouquet

Here are the things you will need:  

  • Cute red basket or bucket to put the bouquet in
  • 1-2 heads iceberg lettuce, depending on the size of your bucket / basket
  • 1 head red leafy lettuce
  • A bunch of strawberries, depending on the size of your bucket / basket. They will need to cover the entire top of your bucket.
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1-2 metal star shaped cookie cutters
  • 10 inch bamboo skewers

Step 1: Start by cutting out your star shaped pineapple slices in the same way you cut our the flower pineapple slices listed in steps 1 and 2 of the flower bouquet tutorial above. 

Put them in the fridge to cool when they are all cut. I cut out a few extra in case I needed them. The shapes can break when you skewer them, especially if they are small.

Step 2: While your fruit is cooling, assemble your basket / bucket where the final bouquet will be, in the same way you did in Step 6 of the flower fruit bouquet tutorial above.

Cut your iceberg lettuce to fit in your bucket, place it in the bucket and cover it with the red leafy lettuce.

Step 3: Skewer your strawberries in the same way you did in Step 3 of the Valentine's Bouquet above. Place them around the outside edge of your red bucket.  

Step 4: Continue to skewer strawberries and place them in your bucket until the entire top of your bucket is covered in strawberries. 

Step 5: Place your blueberries and marshmallows all over your bouquet to fill in the spaces left between strawberries.  

Because the marshmallows and blueberries are so soft and easy to squish, it is better to put your skewer in to the bucket, then place the blueberry or marshmallow on top of the skewer.  

Step 6: Take your pineapple stars out of the fridge. Skewer them at the base and put them in your bucket so they stand tall above your strawberries, blueberries and marshmallows.  

You are done! Great job!