For years I coveted them. But not their $60 price tag.
And then one year I thought, “How hard could it be to make myself?” (Mind you, I am somewhat delusional about my crafting abilities.)
But the answer to my question was not as crushing as I was secretly thinking. Because they aren’t really that hard. At least not the second time.
So my advice to you… Get all the supplies, wait til everyone is asleep, and make a fruit arrangement that no one will ever see. That way, you’ll be ready to do it for realsies when the time comes.
- Get a bunch of fruit. Pineapple really works the best for the flowers, but feel free to get creative with the rest. I used strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and mango. The main thing is you don’t want fruit that will brown as it sits out. So, put away the apples and bananas.
- Find a container to build your arrangement and fill it with a head of lettuce or cabbage. This will be your “floral foam.” So much better than using real floral foam. Trust me. (Save a couple large outer leaves to cover the guts of your container.)
- To make the pineapple flowers, cut 1/2 inch slices from a *real* pineapple. Don’t bother to peel it since you’ll be using a cookie cutter to cut out the flower shape. To assemble the flowers, take a skewer and on the pointed end, first put on a marshmallow (or some other sticky food substance, like gum drops), then your pineapple flower, then top with a roundish piece of fruit, making sure there is no skewer poking out. Melon balls are most commonly used, but feel free to think outside the box.
- Insert the flat end of the skewer into your head of lettuce/cabbage and repeat.
- After the flowers are placed, fill in your arrangement with other skewered fruit. I tend to make my arrangements a little on the minimalistic side, but you can get as full and elaborate as you want.
So, it doesn’t quite look as good as the real thing, but for a fraction of the cost… I’m willing to settle. Maybe my third attempt will yield a more similar result…