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This post is all about how to make a Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement for the kids you love.
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful day to show some extra special love and attention to the kids in your life. Yes, you love them and care for them every single day of their lives. But, isn’t fun to show them extra love on Valentine’s Day, too?
My kids get so excited about any and every holiday. Four weeks before Valentine’s Day, my older daughter was already gearing up for the big day. She’s already decorating envelopes with stickers and drawing pictures to stuff inside those envelopes. Her initials and nickname are XO, for goodness sake! So yeah, this is sort of her holiday.
It’s obvi that she loves Valentine’s Day. So how could I not do something extra special for her and her twin siblings on Love Day? This year, I be creating a Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement for each of my 3 kiddos to show them how special they are to me.
If you’d like to do the same, I think you’ll really love creating a Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement for your special kid. They’re absolutely adorable. They’re also fun to make, give and receive. And, the best part is that a Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement is a healthier alternative to candy! The perfect gift for your kids on Valentine’s Day!
Things You’ll Need to Create a Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement:
You’ll need a variety of fruit. You can use any kind of fruit that you know your kids love. However, keep in mind, the best kind of fruit to use are firm ones that can stay put on a stick.
I recommend using the following fruit:
- Honey dew melon
- Large orange or small head of cabbage. You’ll need either of these because they’ll act like floral foam to keep your sticks in place. Either an orange or a small head of cabbage will keep everything edible and safe. You can opt to use a piece of floral foam wrapped in plastic wrap or foil. However, that floral foam dust could land on the fruit after the sticks are pulled out. I prefer for everything to be safe and edible, so I used a navel orange as “floral foam”.
- Kale. You’ll need some kale to cover the orange or cabbage. It’ll help to cover any empty spaces between the sticks and make your bouquet looks polished and neat.
To make fancy shapes and slices:
You’ll need a knife to slice some of the fruit. You can also use other fun slicers or cookie cutters. For this Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement, I used the following cutting tools:
- Heart cookie cutter. You can use these heart cookie cutters and you can even letter cookie cutters to cut out your child’s initials or name.
- Wavy knife. You may already have a wavy knife for cutting aesthetically pleasing veggies. Or you may already have one if you’ve been teaching Montessori skills to your child. That’s right, the Montessori Method encourages kids to learn cutting skills early on. A wavy knife is a great tool for young hands, with adult supervision. You can invest in one for this project and then use it again and again in the kitchen. It’s a great way to teach cutting skills to kids while letting them help in the kitchen.
Other items you’ll need to create this Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement:
- Valentine’s Day themed container, like a large mug, bucket or vase. I found these cute Valentine’s Day printed metal buckets from the Dollar Tree that were the perfect size for this project.
- Pink and white candy melts
- Piping bag or zip lock bag
- Microwave safe cup or bowl
- Foam or rice-filled container to allow dipped fruit to dry upright.
Instructions to Create a Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement for Kids:
Wash all the fruit.
Remove skin from cantaloupe. Cut the cantaloupe in half and place it flat-side down on a cutting board. Use a knife to cut the skin away in a downward motion. Be sure to cut away any green areas, then use wavy knife to cut wedges. I used the wavy knife on 3 sides of the wedge to get pretty pieces.
Repeat Step 2 with the honey dew melon.
Insert wooden sticks or skewers. Since this Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement is for kids, I recommend using the blunt (not pointy) end to insert into the fruit pieces. When you get ready to insert the sticks into the vase, you’ll snip off the pointy end to get it to the perfect length.
Remove skin from the pineapple and then cut into slices. Next, use a cookie cutter to cut out hearts and then insert sticks. Note: you may need to use a knife to help you cut away the pineapple fibers.
Make grape skewers by adding 4 grapes to each stick. Leave some extra room for a fifth grape on each skewer. You’ll add these at the end. Leaving off the fifth grape makes it easier to handle while creating the arrangement.
Insert sticks into the strawberries through the patch of leaves.
Melt pink candy melt wafers in the microwave. To do this, simply place the wafers in a microwave safe cup or bowl. Microwave of 50% power for 20 seconds and then stir it up gently. Repeat until the candy melt is smooth. Allow the candy melt to cool for a few minutes.
Dip some strawberries into the pink candy melt.
Insert stick of dipped fruit into a piece of foam or rice-filled container to hold the dipped fruit upright so they can dry and harden.
Melt a small amount of white candy melt using the tips in Step 8. Once cooled, put the white candy melt inside a piping bag or zip lock bag. Then, snip off the corner of the bag and drizzle the white candy melt over each strawberry. To do this, start drizzling on one side of a strawberry in a zig-zag motion, then flip the strawberry over and do the same thing on the other side. Surprisingly, this gives the strawberry and lovely swirled pattern. Insert the stick back into the foam or rice-filled container to harden.
Place a large orange or small head of cabbage inside your mug, vase, or small metal bucket. Alternatively, you can wrap floral foam with plastic wrap and insert into the mug or small bucket.
Insert kale stems into the vase and then bend the leafy part over to cover the orange, cabbage, or floral foam.
Snip the prepared fruit sticks with scissors and insert prepared fruit sticks into any arrangement you’d like. Don’t forget to add your fifth grape to each grape skewer.
I think you’ll agree that the final product looks so sweet and delicious. This Valentine Edible Fruit Arrangement is the perfect gift for your little one. It’s made mostly of fruit instead of candy. Plus, it looks so fun and inviting. It will also be so enjoyable for you to make and show some love to your little ones on Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did.
Let me know how your fruit arrangement turned out. Leave a comment on this post or reach out to me via my contact page. I always love hearing for you.