Edible art: Toothpick and fruit sculptures

Who says you shouldn’t play with your food? Cookie cutters plus fruit slices equal a charming edible art project that is both fun to look at and also makes a delicious and healthy snack.

Toothpick and fruit sculptures

Kids will love to get involved with this appetizer-themed art project. Fun washi tape toothpick flags hold the stacks together.


  • Fruit — such as seedless watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, apples, strawberries and blueberries
  • A sharp knife and cutting board
  • Cookie cutters in graduating sizes
  • Extra-long toothpicks
  • Washi tape
  • Salt and water to treat the apple slices to prevent browning (optional)




Wash and slice


Wash and dry all of your fruit. Using a sharp knife and cutting board, cut evenly-sized slices of the melons. Use care to maximize your slices while working around the cores. Cutting the apple from the end, as shown, versus through the middle makes for a more useable apple slice.


Cut out shapes

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Use your cookie cutters to carefully cut out your shapes, as shown. Planning ahead for which cutter fits onto which piece of fruit the best  — with the least amount of waste — will maximize your fruit supply.


Make washi tape flags

Make your washi tape flags. Cut a 2-inch piece of washi tape and carefully fold it in half, sticky sides together, around the non-pointy end of the toothpick. Cut end into two points.


Stack your fruit


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Final product

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Carefully stack up your fruit as desired and stab with the pointed end of the pick.

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