Supplies are simple and affordable, and professional results are easily attained in just a few, easy-to-follow steps. Impress that special woman in your life with a gift of this beautiful, edible DIY bouquet.
Wash and dry all of the fruit. Remove approximately 36 to 48 grapes from the bunch. Trim any stems from the strawberries, but retain the leaves. Cut the pineapple into at least three 1-1/2-inch-thick slices. Cut five 1-1/2-inch-thick slices from the ends and sides of the cantaloupe.
Using your largest cookie cutter, cut out three flower shapes from the pineapple slices. Cut out five smaller flower shapes from the cantaloupe slices. Carefully insert skewers into the bottom of each flower shape. Create the grape pieces by simply threading six grapes each onto six to eight skewers.
Melt your dipping chocolate according to package instructions, either in the microwave or in a double-boiler on the stovetop. Carefully insert one skewer into the middle of the leaves of each berry. Dip each berry — one at a time — into the chocolate, using care to avoid coating the leaves in chocolate. Before the chocolate hardens, coat each berry with sprinkles. Allow the strawberries to cool completely before handling.
When selecting a vessel for the bouquet, be sure to choose something that is both wide-mouthed and also heavy enough to stay upright under the weight of the fruit. A thin glass vase would probably not be suitable for this project unless you filled the vase with rocks or sand. Once you have chosen the perfect vase, cut and insert dry floral foam into the bottom, making sure to wedge it in so it is tight and doesn't shift at all. Now wrap up the bottom of the vase, if desired, to conceal the floral foam and any materials you may have used to weigh down the vase. If you are using something that is not transparent, you may want to skip this step. Tie a bow around the middle to secure the paper.
To assemble the bouquet, start by inserting the three pineapple flowers — as shown — as deep as they will go into the floral foam. These create the center and basis for the overall shape of your bouquet. Now, continue inserting your skewered fruit into the foam around the pineapple flowers — layering as shown — and fill in as much empty space as possible. Refer to the top-view photo of the bouquet for an idea of placement for your skewers. If your arrangement needs more volume, adding more grape skewers will act as a good filler.
To create the sign, cut out a piece of white cardstock that measures approximately 2 inches by 3 inches. Then cut out a piece of patterned paper that measures approximately 3 inches by 4 inches. Attach the white cardstock to the center of the patterned paper using double-sided tape. Write your greeting, and then attach your sign to the top of a skewer and insert into the bouquet. If you are not going to gift your bouquet immediately, be sure to cover each piece of fruit with a sandwich baggie, using twist ties as closures. These can be kept refrigerated for up to three days, although it would be best to deliver these as soon after you have crafted them as possible.
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