This instructable will guide you through some of the basics to creating fruit centerpieces. All you will need is a good knife, a few toothpicks, some fresh fruit, and your imagination. I am self taught and have made a few centerpieces for various summer occasions (when fruit is in season!).
I have included photos of some of my carvings including a watermelon rose, parrot, various flowers and more. Some of these are a bit more advanced, but a cantaloupe swan is a perfect starting point. Here I will guide you through constructing a beautiful and tasty swan.
Step 1: What you will need
It is best to work with fruit that will not brown when left out for extended periods of time. I try to refrain away from using apples, bananas, etc since those fruits will oxidize. Your best friend to prevent oxidation is lemon juice and cold water.
Here are some of the common fruits and veggies I use to sculpt with:
many, many more