Fruit Bouquets are quite interesting to make, and look delicious. They can be made out of real fruit or fake fruit in this article I am using real fruit. If you decide to use real fruit then be aware that the bouquet will have to be eaten in a few days . . . otherwise the fruit will rot.
You can use all sorts of different fruits, from apples to apricots, to peaches. There are certain fruits that make it easier to learn how to make a fruit bouquet, and I will use them in this article. Once you know what you are doing, you might want to try different fruits.
You will need:
* 7 Large Plums
* 11 Strawberries
* 15 Large Leaves
* 5 Small Rosebud Heads
* 4 Feet of Ribbon
* Thick, semi-thick, and thin gauge wire
* Stem tape
Step 1- Prepare the fruit
Remove any stems or stickers from the fruit, and clean if needed.
Step 2 - Prepare the cellophane
Cut squares out of the cellophane to wrap the plums in. The squares don't have to be too big, just big enough to encase the plum entirely. Twist the cellophane around the plum.
Step 3 - Wire the plums
Wire the plums, using thick gauge wire.
Step 4 - Tape the wire
Tape the wire. The plums should now look a little like a toffee apple on a white stick.
Step 5 - Prepare the strawberries
Remove the leaves from the top of the strawberries, and then prepare them the same as the plums. Use the same size squares of cellophane as before. Once the cellophane is twisted around the strawberries, cut the cellophane so only an inch or so is left.
Step 6 - Wire the strawberries
Wire the strawberries, using semi-thick gauge wire. The wire needs to be near the larger end of the strawberry, so the pointy end of the strawberry will be seen in the bouquet. Make sure you are gentle with the strawberries, as they are quite squishy!
Step 7 - Prepare the leaves
Wire and tape the leaves using thin gauge wire.
Step 8 - Shape the fruit bouquet
Assemble everything into a posy shape. Do this by . . .
Holding the plums in a bunch, using two hands.
Fan everything out slightly.
Insert leaves between the plums.
Add the strawberries and the roses.
If you have any unfilled gaps, then fill them in with two figure-of-eight bows. Cut off the excess ribbon, so that you only have loops.
That's it! A quick warning though . . . if you used real fruit, make sure you put the fruit bouquet in the fridge, otherwise it will start to go off (and smell a bit funny), in a few days.
Peta Fletcher has been making bouquets for more than 14 years. Her website has lots of free information on making your own bouquets.
http://www.visionsofsilk.com/How-to-make-a-fruit-bouquet.shtml and how to make a candy bouquet: http://www.visionsofsilk.com/How_to_make_a_candy_bouquet.shtml
Photo Credit: Peta Fletcher