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:
honeydew melon
green onions
many, many more

<p>Its so beautiful :)</p>
Cool! I love making things like fancy centerpieces and I had no idea it was that easy! I would love to know how to make the roses.
Why is the main photo different than the one in the instructable? I'm really confused..
My point exactly...False advertising in my opinion!
Your comments are very rude and upsetting, instructables is a place for sharing ideas not attacking others projects. My intent was to give a basic demo that any beginner could try and wanted to showcase other projects I had made in the past. I did not have step by step photos for the older pieces so I carved the new one. I'm not sure why you seem to be out to attack my project. I made this as a fun idea in hopes that other members would try it out and see how fun and easy it is.
I'm sorry for hurting you feelings, that wasn't my intent. If you wanted to showcase some of you other projects, I think it would only be fair for you to do that at the end of your instructable. The first photo is kinda like a book cover. If I picked up a book in hope to learn how to do what was on the cover, then I found out that that project wasn't even in the book I would want my money back. I'm not in competition with you. I just want this to be a fair playing ground. If and when I post an instructable up. I would only add other works at the end for inspiration. not on the cover.<br><br>Proof is in the pudding they say, where is the pudding!
To me the picture shown on the cover is a different artist than the one show in the demo. I really appreciate you sharing you instructable, but i don't understand why you would make the second one not as nice. It would be as simple as changing the angle that you carved the tail feathers. You also changed the neck from the original. If you are the artist I do apologize for showing concern, I just don't see any resemblance in the two pieces.
I made all of the pieces shown using two different methods. The demo shown used a different technique based on the size and ripeness of the fruit. Due to smaller and a more ripe melon I was unable to carve a more detailed piece for the demo. I also wanted to keep the instructions more basic for the beginner carver to attempt. I appreciate the concern and encourage you to try the more difficult carvings using the process shown in my instructable.
In that case why would you change the angle that you carved the tail feathers. The cover picture doesn't look any harder to carve than what you did in the demo. The only difference is the change in angle of the the tail feathers. This is what drew me to my statement. Besides that, even the demo bird is a nice instructable. I'm glad you shared, it just makes me wonder. Please when you get the time make another explaining the different technique used in the first picture, if there are any! I will give it a try, but I'm not much of an artist myself.
DUDE!! Seriously awesome! Gets my vote, hands down.
You are really an artist!
Beautiful work !
I hope you follow up with some more advanced carving techniques. I'm looking forward to the next one. Great job at breaking it down.
I plan on it, I just need to find some time, things are pretty busy as i have just started student teaching... Perhaps i will make a centerpiece come thanksgiving or christmas. Stay tuned!
This is beautiful!! I want to see how you make the roses in the watermelon...my mind is officially blown!
stay tuned, i hope to show how to carve the watermelon rose in an upcoming instructable. I just started student teaching so if I find some free time eventually i'll be making one up :)
Gorgeous work! I hope you've entered the play with your food challenge!
very well
Wow! Wow! and Wow! I want to do this! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a splendorous day! Sunshiine
Thank you, enjoy making your very own!
I always do! This entry is going to be hard to beat! Great!
Who made the fruit tray in the first pictures. You can see they where made in different locations by the cabinets and stuff. Your swan is also different from the photo shown on your instructable's front page. Nice work but it would be nice to see your work first before other's. Thanks for the instructable!
All pictured creations are mine. One was taken in the kitchen and the other in the basement kitchen. I wanted to show my creations to inspire ideas and start everyone off with the basic method behind carving a swan. The swan on the cover is a bit more involved for the average beginner. Glad you like it!
Even my cowboy hubby loved this! I will be making one!

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