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
Step 2: Making a swan
For a swan you will need to use a rounded fruit and the only materials needed are toothpicks and a knife. Before cutting into the melon practice the technique on an apple, it works just as well.
To begin we cut off one side (about two inches worth) of the melon to make a flat bottom. Do not throw this piece away as this will be used to carve the head.
Step 3: Carve the swans head
Using the extra piece from the bottom level the curved side and cut off the rind to make a one inch thick piece of melon and carve it into a basic swan shape. Essentially this is a hook shape with a larger head and pointed beak. Place this aside until the body is curved.