Fruit topiaries add interest and appeal to any occasion, serving as decorative centerpieces. These edible decorations are a creative way to serve fruit at any reception. You can use different-colored fruits to make as many tiers as you like to create a focal point at the dining table. Not only will your guests be impressed, but they will enjoy picking off and eating the fruit from this interesting arrangement. Use seasonal fruits that are easily available in the supermarket.
Purchase fruits that are colorful and striking, such as apples, cranberries, apricots, pears, kumquats, oranges, lemons, cantaloupe, guavas, strawberries, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, nuts and aromatic bay leaves. Wash them thoroughly, and keep them aside to dry.
Peel large fruits such as pineapples, cantaloupe and mangoes, and cut them into bite-size chunks. Remove leaves from strawberries and discard.
Prepare the terra cotta flower pot, the floral balls and two 5/8-inch wooden dowels by spraying them with a coat or two of acrylic paint. Allow them to dry thoroughly.
Cut floral foam with a serrated kitchen knife to fit inside the flower pot. Insert one of the dowels in the center of the foam, at least 7 inches deep in the pot. Position one of the foam balls in the center of the dowel and push it down, so at least 5 inches of dowel is visible between the flowerpot and foam ball.
Push the second dowel 5 inches deep in the center of the second foam ball. Insert the other end of this dowel in the center of the foam ball already in the flowerpot. Your topiary form is now ready. You can also add another foam ball above the second one for another tier.
Insert a toothpick halfway into a fruit chunk or a small fruit, and push the remaining pick into the foam ball. Repeat this procedure with all the fruit, inserting them into the foam balls until they are both completely covered with fruit. Step back to review your topiary. Remove any pick and rearrange it until your topiary is pleasing.
Fill any tiny gaps with small fruit such as grapes, or glue nuts to the foam itself.