Have you ever had an Edible Arrangement, that beautiful bouquet of fresh, sweet fruit? If you’re like me, you love the way they look and, especially, the way they taste! For a health-conscious eater, they’re such a great alternative to a sugar-filled bag of candy or traditional box of chocolates. However, what you may not like so much is the price. The smallest fresh fruit arrangement will cost you at least $35; you could buy A LOT of fruit for that money!

So, one way to get a lovely fruit bouquet and save yourself the money is to make a DIY Edible Arrangement. It’s really quite simple.

Here’s what you need to make your own DIY Edible Arrangement:

1. Fresh fruit

Get creative here. Fruit of many different colors that are soft and easy to cut/poke make for the most beautiful arrangements. Some good choices are strawberries, blueberries, melon (cantaloupe, honeydew and/or watermelon), pineapple, oranges and grapes. Bananas also work if you plan on eating your bouquet right away (before they get brown).

2. Cookie cutters and melon baller

Cookie cutters in cool shapes, like flowers and hearts, will be the easiest way to give your arrangement that beautiful, fun look. A melon baller will let you get a perfect circle of fruit to use in your design or to serve as the center of a flower.

3. Wooden skewers

You will use these to pierce your fruit into your desired design and to secure into your base.

4. A container (like a bowl, cup, basket) and a base for your fruit skewers

After you pick your container, you need a solid base that fits the bottom and can be pierced to hold your fruit skewers in place. Some options for a base are floral foam or a head of lettuce.

Once you have your materials, you’re all set to be creative and start building! Cut your fruit into various shapes and stack your fruit on the skewers. You can create flowers, with a pineapple flower-cut shape and a melon ball or blueberry center, or any combination of hearts, circles, triangles…the options are endless! You can always use the internet or Pinterest for some inspiration.

Get inspired to eat your green lights by making your own fun-to-eat fruit bouquet. You’ll have a lot of fun making it AND feel great about eating it!

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