Today I will teach you how to make an edible fruit arrangement to serve at your next gathering. To buy a fresh fruit arrangement like this already made would cost you around $85! I will show you how to make one on your own and save lots of money too!
Spring Fling Salad Menu
Today I am joining a few of my friends as a guest for their monthly supper club. This month the theme is “Spring Fling Salad Bar” So instead of a boring fruit salad and because I love a good DIY I decided to create my own edible fresh fruit arrangement. I’ll share the rest of the menu at the end.
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DIY Edible Fresh Fruit Arrangement
To make your own edible arrangement you will need to buy a variety of fresh fruit and melons, have a package of wooden skewers, toothpicks, cookie cutters, chocolate melting wafers (choc. covered strawberries) & a container of some kind to assemble your arrangement.
Supplies & Ingredients
- Flower Cookie Cutters (I’m actually using snowflakes)
- Wood Skewers
- Chocolate Melting Wafers
- Honeydew Melon
- Berry Assortment
Making Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Before I started cutting up the fruit flowers I wanted to make the chocolate-covered strawberries so they had time to set while I was working on the fruit skewers.
My personal preference is the Ghiradelli Melting Wafers, they melt so smoothly and have such a great taste compared to the other brands (I think they are totally worth the extra buck).
Whatever brand of chocolate melting wafers you are using, follow the directions on the label to melt them.
Also, you want to pick a container of strawberries that has good-sized berries.
Take a wooden skewer and stick it through the stem end of the strawberry then give it a bath in the chocolate.
Doesn’t that look like heaven on a stick????
To let the chocolate set, rest the strawberry skewers on a sheet of wax paper.
The chocolate does harden quickly when you are doing this so it’s best to work quickly to coat the strawberries. If you notice the melted chocolate in the bowl is getting hard you can remelt it.
Making Fruit Flowers with Cookie Cutters
Here are all the tricks and tips I learned when making this edible fruit arrangement!
First, I used a few snowflake cookie cutters that I already had. They looked just like flowers when I cut the fruit with them!
I am using a smaller watermelon for this project.
You will want to slice the watermelon like you were slicing bread, straight through.
It is very important that the slices are thinner than the width of the cookie cutter you are using.
On my first try, I cut the slice too thick and the cookie cutter got stuck!
Cutting the Melons Into Flower Shapes
Cutting the melons was a little more challenging than the watermelon because of the seeds in the center.
What I did was cut off one end and scoop out the seeds.
Then I cut down the sides around the empty middle to get 4 quarters.
After I cut the 4 quarters I used a knife to trim off the outer rind.
What I was left with were squares of melon that were big enough to cut into flower shapes.
I repeated the same steps for doing the honeydew melon.
How to Assemble the Flower Fruit Skewers
You will want to embellish some of the wood skewers with fruit for an extra touch on some throughout the arrangement
Grapes worked the best for this! They would be my top choice, we only had red grapes but green would look great too. You will see that I also did blackberries and raspberries, but they seemed to get soft after a little bit on the skewers.
All you have to do is poke the grape through the sharp end of the skewer.
Then took a fruit flower and added it to the top of the skewer.
To make a contrasting center to the fruit flowers I did a few different things to see what worked the best. With the extra honeydew, I used a small melon baller to make melon balls and attached them with a toothpick through the center of the watermelon.
For some of the fruit flowers I used raspberries, again sticking a toothpick through the center of the flower and then adding the berry.
I did trim off the back of the toothpick from the backside of the flower to make it look neater.
Make sure that your guests remove the toothpicks before eating!
How to Put the Edible Fruit Arrangement Together
To display this fruit arrangement I thought it would look cute to put it in a planter!
In the bottom, I added a few pieces of oasis floral foam to the bottom of the arrangement. I did wet it because I am going to add some fresh eucalyptus.
Then I added the eucalyptus to the floral foam.
Followed by a few of the chocolate-covered strawberries. Man, don’t they look good??!!
I also added a few plain strawberries to the arrangement.
Then I started adding the skewers to the floral foam and tried to vary the fruit flowers that were next to each other, just like making a flower arrangement.
Finished Edible Fruit Arrangement
Now that it’s all put together it is ready to serve. This would be the perfect way to serve fruit salad at a potluck or a shower.
Keep the edible fruit arrangement chilled until you are ready to serve for optimal freshness. Enjoy!!
You can see the rest of this Pretty Spring Table to see how I decorated it for the season, going with a fruit theme to blend with this fruit arrangement.
Another sweet treat for your luncheon to see is Michele at Vintage Home Designs Old Fashioned Buttermilk Lemon Curd Pie. It looks delicious!
Spring Fling Menu
- 12" Wood Skewers
- Flower Cookie Cutter Shapes
- Container To Display Fruit Skewers
- Honeydew Melon
- Various Berries
- Ghirardelli Melting Wafers
- For Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Follow the directions on the chocolate melting wafers to melt. Wash & dry strawberries. Stick the end of a 12" wooden skewer through the stem end of the strawberry. Dip in the melted chocolate, and let set on a sheet of waxed paper.
- Making Flower Fruit Skewers
- Slice watermelon straight into slices straight through the melon. Make sure the diameter of the slices is smaller than the flower cookie cutter you are using to cut the shapes.
- Cut out flower shapes.
- For the honeydew and cantaloupe, cut off the end of the melon and remove seeds.
- To have big enough pieces to fit the cookie cutters, cut the melon into 4 quarters around the hollow center of melon. Trim off the rind with knife.
- Cut out flower shapes.
- To prepare the skewers you can thread grapes or berries on the skewer to cover the wood.
- Stick the sharp end of the skewer through the base of a fruit flower.
- Using a toothpick through the center of the fruit flower add a small blueberry, raspberry, or raspberry to create a contrasting center of the flower. Cut out excess toothpick on back of fruit flower with scissors.
- Add some plain strawberries to skewers too
- Using a tall container or planter pot, add floral foam to hold skewers in place and start to make your edible arrangement.
- Keep refrigerated until serving.
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