This worked beyond my expectations. The neck of the bottle is stiff enough that I could tug down on the fruit and the stems would snap, the shape of ...
Are you tormented by seeing oh so tasty fruit that's out of reach? Miffed at seeing fruit go to waste because it's just rotting on the branches? Having a crisis because you'd just LOVE to put that fruit to use but just can't get to it? Fear not! You can make a simple and quick fruit picker out of things you may have laying around, or that you can stea-ah, borrow.
The thing you'll probably have laying around is a two liter bottle. If you're a crafty crafter, you'll likely have some long stick thing laying around, some screws, and tools that are good for cutting into other things, like boxcutters and saws. Screwdrivers are pretty essential, but then again, what are you doing with screws if you have no screwdriver? Try making some sense here.
Step 2: Messing with the bottle
For illustrative purposes, I drew a line on the bottle showing you where I plan to cut. If you have a fondness for markers, feel free to do the same, but it's not really necessary. Just make sure that the notch at the neck of the bottle is wide enough for thin branches, and the body of the bottle has a hole large enough to accept whatever fruit you're going after. You may have some issues going after watermelons with this thing, but then again you could just walk up to it and pick it up. Again with the silly questions.
Step 3: Screw this.
I admit that I hadn't thought this one completely through. I knew I didn't want the hole for the fruit to dip too low so that the bottle would have as much stability as possible, but I also wanted to have the screws on the lower half of the bottle since the plastic is thicker there. That means part of the bottle blocking access to the screws, unless you have a very tiny screwdriver...
Step 4: Completion!
You should now have a fabulous fruit picker! Feel free to wave it around proudly while proclaiming how your civilization has now progressed to making simple tools.