Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and florists will be super busy creating gifts for sweethearts across the world. If you have ever ordered a bouquet or gift basket of any kind you know how expensive they can be. Why not make your own edible bouquet this Valentine’s Day for your sweetie.
In addition to blogging, I run a couple home based businesses. With one of my businesses I do catering, cake decorating, and edible bouquets and gift baskets. Over the years I have made several fruit, candy, and cookie bouquets. I wanted to share with you today how you can make your own fruit bouquets and save tons of money.
This is a fruit bouquet that I made a couple of years ago for a local
wedding. You will need some basic supplies:
A basket, flower pot, or some type of container. Its best if its heavy so that the bouquet does not fall over.
Styrofoam for inside of the container.
Metal cookie cutters
The first thing you will need to do is prepare your fruit. For this bouquet I used strawberries, grapes, and pineapple. I used metal heart shaped cookie cutters to cut the pineapple.
Using your wooden skewers you can create any type of design you like by sliding your fruits onto the skewers. Place a small marshmallow at the bottom of your skewer to keep the fruit from sliding. You will want to leave some space at the bottom of your skewer to be able to put it in the styrofoam base.
After your fruit skewers are created, cut the styrofoam to the right size to fit in your base container. I usually use a styrofoam ball and them use a knife to shave it down to fit in the base. Depending on your container you may need to use some filler underneath the styrofoam. This serves two purposes. It helps keep your styrofoam close to the top of the container and it can also add weight and stability to your base.
After your styrofoam is fitted to your container you will wrap lettuce around the styrofoam to camouflage it. Then place your lettuce wrapped styrofoam into your container. Begin arranging your fruit skewers into your base until you are pleased with the way it looks.
You can wrap your arrangement in a plastic basket wrap, tie some ribbon around it and deliver it to your sweetheart. These also make great party centerpieces as well.
There you have it. Super easy and much cheaper than ordering an edible bouquet from a national chain.
You can check out more of my creations here.