There's nothing quite as eye-catching as a fruit topiary centerpiece for your holiday table. The real beauty is that there's absolutely no limit as far as the types of fruits you can use, or even the size of the finished topiary. No matter where you live, there's sure to be a good variety of brightly colored fresh fruits available for your topiary. There are no rules, and almost any fruit works very well. Making your own is fun and creative, and it's a great project to share with even the youngest children.
Use a serrated knife to remove the top 1 inch from a 12-inch Styrofoam cone. Apply a generous amount of white craft glue to the bottom of the cone, and press it into place on a festive 16- to 18-inch decorative plastic dish or tray. Set it aside and allow the glue to dry completely.
Wash the fresh strawberries, green grapes, blueberries and cranberries under cool running water. Either dry the fruit by hand, or allow it to drain and air dry completely.
Split extra-large strawberries in half crossways. Smaller ones can be left whole. Cut any other large fruits such as melons, pears, peaches and mangoes into bite size chunks. Remove the stem from the top of the pineapple and set it aside. Peel the pineapple and cut it into bite-size chunks.
Stick two to three toothpicks into the underside of the stem of the pineapple and press them into the top of the Styrofoam cone.
Push a florist's pick halfway through each piece of fruit. Start with the strawberries, and make a single row of them all the way around the cone right below the pineapple top. Place them as closely together as you can. Make the next row with chunked fruit pieces, the next from green grapes, then one of chunked fruit. Use your imagination and any order of fruit rows that pleases you. Don't make any rows out of blueberries or cranberries.
Fill in any open spaces between the fruit on the covered cone with random blueberries, cranberries, miniature marshmallows, scraps of evergreen bough, bits of bright ribbon and fresh grape leaves.
Tuck the ends of pieces of evergreen bough under the lowest row of the topiary's fruit. Add grape leaves here and there for an attractive bed of greenery.