Posts Tagged 'craft experiment'

Retirement Party, Part 2

Not everyone eats sweets and, more importantly,  not everyone likes the combo of cupcakes and beer, so I decided to try my hand at making an edible fruit arrangement.

You’ve probably seen these before…impossibly beautiful, these are elaborate and expensive!

I honestly have no idea how they keep the fruits from being too juicy…

Here is the equipment I used:

Easter grass, a styrofoam cone, a flower pot, bamboo skewers, and small cookie cutters. If you have a crinkle-cut knife or other fruit-carving tools, by all means…go crazy. I also hear that a head of iceburg lettuce would work well instead of styrofoam and Easter grass. You would just have to carve it to fit inside your flower pot.

Cut the Styrofoam cone to size and place (upside down) in the flower pot. You might want to put some grass in the bottom first to stabilize it. Then place some more grass on top and tuck it into the sides.

I just cut cross-sections of canteloupe and honeydew and cut out flowers and circles with cookie-cutters:

A few other tips:

1. Wash the strawberries and remove the leaves, but do not cut off the tops. The less you cut them, the longer they will keep.

2. Keep the strawberries away from the pineapple. Since I used canned pineapple chunks (I got lazy!), the sweeteners might cause the berries to macerate.

3. Thread the skewers in a consistent pattern for a more uniform look.

4. If you’re making this ahead, store the kabobs in a large zippered food storage bag lined with paper towel. When you’re ready to party, just pull them out and stab into the grass-covered styrofoam.

The final product…Okay, it looks nothing like an Edible Arrangement, but hey, it is edible and it is an arrangement…

Next time…

I would try a “topiary”-style fruit arrangement, using different lengths of skewers and filling in any empty areas with lime leaves or even pandan leaves (or any other non-poisonous greenery). You might need to cover the styrofoam with plastic wrap to keep the fruit from touching the foam since it is not food-safe.

Valentine’s Day 2009, Part Deux

Project 2: Box of Chocolates from design.wash.rinse.repeat

An adorable DIY Valentine gift using Hershey’s Nuggets…I used the one with toffee and almonds. Yummm.

I must say that this one was tricky. First, I couldn’t figure out how to open a .png file and then I could not figure out how to print it to get the right dimensions. After toying with it a bit, I got some decent results.

I just LOVE the color combo of the gold with pink and orange. It just makes me happy.

With a bit of customization, this would make such a cute wedding favor, but it would be way too much work…

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Valentine’s Day 2009, Part One

This year, I decided on some semi-homemade gifts for co-workers and friends. Inspired by a few of my daily blog habits, I grabbed my apron and my exacto knife and went to work.

Project 1: Apple Pie a la Twig & Thistle

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I used store-bought pie dough, rolled it out on a floured surface and cut out circles for the little pies using a paring knife…and conveniently, this yogurt container was the perfect size for the pies.

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To save time, I used canned apple pie filling. Don’t put in too much or you won’t be able to close the pie!

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Brush on a little egg wash and seal with a fork. Then brush some more all over the pie and prick to let the steam escape.

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Make a slew of these adorable pie boxes. It will be handy if you have these tools.

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My pies did not look nearly as good as hers, but I was happy with the results. I wrapped the pies in wax paper before inserting into the boxes. Next time, I’ll cut out the wax paper squares with my rotary cutter’s pinking or scallop blade.