Little Hippie discovered fruit bouquets this spring. She is in love with them. I wanted to get one for her birthday, and I coped with the sticker shock of our local purveyor of fruit arrangements by trying to make one of my own. Using organic strawberries and pineapple, our fruit bouquet cost less than $20, including supplies.
I didn’t have the tools or time to make some of the more common professional pieces, so I eliminated the honeydew and cantaloupe that are pretty common fare in these bouquets. Since we weren’t using cantaloupe slices for the arrangement, I opted to use grape halves for the middles of the pineapple flowers, and it worked just fine. To make a bouquet like this one, you will need:
- Wooden skewers
- The container you want to put the arrangement in.
- Floral foam that will fit in the container – you can use play-dough for this, but the floral foam is really easy to work with and provides more stability.
- Cookie cutters in the shapes you want to use for the pineapple
- Scissors for cutting the skewers
- Lemon juice
- Pretty green lettuce for covering the floral foam (or, if you forget to put this on the grocery list, you can use the green tops of the strawberries in a pinch)
We sliced the pineapple to just a little less than the width of the cookie cutter, then used the cutters to create the shapes. I tossed the pineapple shapes in a little bit of lemon juice to slow down oxidation and maintain the color. Insert skewers about halfway.
After washing the strawberries, I gently pulled off the green leafy tops (sepals). Insert skewers through the tops of the strawberries.
Thread 3 or 4 onto the skewers. Don’t push the skewer all the way through the top grape. Cut a few grapes in half if you are using them for the pineapple flower centers.
There was nothing magical or artistic about it. I put the floral foam into the container, then got started. I placed the focal piece (the pineapple flower) first, cutting it to the height I needed so it would be front and center. I used a small toothpick to attach the grape half to the pineapple flower.
Then, I just played with it until it looked right. The most time-consuming part of this process for me was cutting the skewers to the exact right height. Your design will depend largely on the container you are using.These will be viewed from all directions, so be sure to make the back and side views attractive, too.
If you are feeling extra-fancy, you can dip some of the fruits in melted chocolate first, then allow them to cool and harden before adding them to the arrangement. We opted not to do this because of time constraints. However, after a couple of days, I didn’t want the fruit to spoil, so Little Hippie and I dipped the remainder in melted chocolate chips right after school and left them in the fridge until after dinner. That was a pretty awesome dessert, if I do say so myself. You could also use this as a table centerpiece, then serve chocolate fondue for dessert. Time to make a bouquet that includes bananas and marshmallows . . .