Fruity Table Decorations

Fresh fruit—a pretty addition to flowers in centerpieces and other tabletop decor.

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FRESH FRUIT IN FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

Add charm and whimsy to tabletop arrangements with fresh fruits like oranges, lemons, pineapples, grapes, pomegranates, cranberries and apples.

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Leftover cranberries & rosemary cuttings turn a cheap bouquet of grocery store flowers into a festive holiday arrangement.Clementines and a lemon hold late-blooming mums in place.Cut up or whole, fruit adds color and flair to clear vases of flowers.Autumn leaves and clementines add a bit of color to dried hydrangeas.
Leftover cranberries & rosemary cuttings turn a cheap bouquet of grocery store flowers into a festive holiday arrangement.
Leftover cranberries & rosemary cuttings turn a cheap bouquet of grocery store flowers into a festive holiday arrangement. | Source
Clementines and a lemon hold late-blooming mums in place.
Clementines and a lemon hold late-blooming mums in place. | Source
Cut up or whole, fruit adds color and flair to clear vases of flowers.
Cut up or whole, fruit adds color and flair to clear vases of flowers. | Source
Autumn leaves and clementines add a bit of color to dried hydrangeas.
Autumn leaves and clementines add a bit of color to dried hydrangeas. | Source

Fruit Mulch

Spread whole kumquats, tangelos, clementines & other small fruits around the base of potted plants as you would gravel or river rocks. Whole fruits make pretty temporary mulches.

Fruits as Flower Holders

In clear vases, small fruits such as blueberries and cranberries, as well as larger fruits like apples, lemons, limes and tangerines, are a colorful way to hold flower stems in place.

For lots of visual interest, use a mix of fresh fruits. Whole, halved or sliced, they'll liven up any floral display.

Arrangements in Fall & Winter

In fall and winter, fresh flowers are often scarce in the home garden. One way around the problem is to mix chrysanthemums, Nippon daisies, pansies, violas, holly, nandina and other cool-season blooms and berries with fresh fruits. Herbs, autumn leaves and dried flowers are also great additions.

Fruit and fresh herbs like lavender and rosemary can also liven up inexpensive store-bought flowers, i.e. those $4 cellophane-wrapped bouquets from the grocery store.


Nandina berries add holiday color to  dried hydrangea.
Nandina berries add holiday color to dried hydrangea.
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Fruit as Vases & Candleholders

Don't throw away hulled melons or pineapples. Turn them into temporary vases. With a little effort and imagination, cored fruit can be transformed into attractive holders for both fresh and dried flower arrangements.

Small fruits, such as cored apples, also make pretty individual vases and candleholders. Decorate them with flowers, cloves, a sprinkling of sugar, ribbons, glitter, rhinestones or other festive embellishments. They're also pretty plain.

Cored apples make cute temporary vases.
Cored apples make cute temporary vases. | Source
A cored apple decorated with whole cloves--a cute temporary vase.
A cored apple decorated with whole cloves--a cute temporary vase. | Source
Piercing the fruit first makes inserting the cloves easier.
Piercing the fruit first makes inserting the cloves easier. | Source

Candied Fruit

To add sparkling elegance to fruits, try candying them. Using a pastry brush or sponge, paint grapes, apples, plums and other small fruits with egg white. Then sprinkle them with superfine sugar or roll them in it, and allow them to dry two to three hours.

Fruit with Clove Accents

Adding whole cloves to fruits is another fun, easy way to embellish them. And clove-studded fruit smells wonderful!

To decorate thick-skinned fruits like oranges and apples with whole cloves, first select a design and trace or draw it onto the fruit. Then prick the pattern onto the fruit by piercing it with a toothpick, a needle or the tines of a fork. Piercing the skin makes inserting the cloves easier, and the clove stems will be less likely to break.

Once you've pierced the fruit skin, insert the whole cloves one by one into the holes.

For a longer lasting display ...

  • Select fruit that's under-ripe.

  • Avoid using cut, bruised or otherwise damaged fruit.

  • Select fruits with thick rinds. Fresh, whole lemons & navel oranges, for instance, tend to last longer than fresh grapes & plums.

  • Use distilled water.

  • Swabbing, spraying or rinsing fruit used as vases & candleholders with a 5 % bleach solution can also make it last a little longer.


Using Fruit in Arrangements

Fruit for Flowers

One of the easiest ways to add fruit to centerpieces is simply to use it in place of flowers. In most cases, sprays of berries and other fruits will last longer than flowers. And they can be just as beautiful.

To add fruit to an arrangement, spear it onto wooden skewers cut to size. Then wrap the skewers with green floral tape.

With their bright skins, lemons can be as cheerful as daisies, and the deep red of a pomegranate as lushly beautiful as a dusky full-blown rose. Rather than lilies in a floral bouquet, substitute tangerines or small Granny Smith apples. Rather than a spotty orchid bloom, why not a carmine Red Delicious?




Adding Fresh Blueberries to a Bouquet

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The Dirt Farmer has been an active gardener for over 30 years.

She first began gardening as a child alongside her grandfather on her parents' farm. T

Today, The Dirt Farmer gardens at home, volunteers at community gardens and continues to learn about gardening through the MD Master Gardener program.

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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi RTalloni. The combined smell of fruit, flowers and candles really is a welcome bonus. (:


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

An absolutely delightful hub! The examples you've shown are very pretty and I'm glad to have these ideas floating around my mind for future reference. Mixing the fragrances of fruit and flowers would a great choice for most any occasion.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi FullofLoveSites! Thanks for commenting --and thanks for the enthusiasm! Take care, Jill


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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

Wow! Very stunning ideas! I thought fruits are only for eating until you prove otherwise with your very beautiful fruit decorations, bringing out their versatility. Voted up and beautiful. :)


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Sushma. Hadn't thought of eating the decorations, too. Great idea! Nice to hear from you. Take care, Jill


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Sushma Webber 4 years ago from New Zealand

Awesome idea to use fruit as holders. That way it can be disposed off easily and in an eco-friendly ways. We could even eat them if they are still fresh!


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

I love the apple candle, too. Thanks, precy anza!--Jill


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Love the idea! :) And that candle on the apple was the first thing that got me ^-^' Voted up and shared!


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan! We still have roses, dianthus and snapdragon in bloom, along with daisies, pansies and mums. They make for rather odd bouquets! Glad you like the ideas & pics. Thanks for sharing the hub. --Jill


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

I have got to learn how to take better pictures. This is a beautiful hub with great ideas. Amazingly I still have a couple of stray blooms in the frosty garden and may have to use them in an apple as a small Thanksgiving decoration. Thanks for the ideas. Voted up and pinned!


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hey Maren. Thanks! I like fruit mulch, too, and have been looking for some kumquats to use. Have a great weekend! Jill


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Wow, Carol. I had heard of fruit cut into vases, but your ideas about using small berries instead of marbles in the bottom of vases is lovely. And the temporary fruit mulch on potted plants freaks me out in a good way. Because I know I can compost the fruits later, I w am enthusiastic about these CREATIVE ideas! YEah!


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi Carol. Fruitastic to hear from you! I made a neat little row of apple candleholders for tea lights. Will have to get a shot of them to add to the hub. I'm not particularly "crafty," but even I can core an apple!

Hey there, Eddy. Glad you liked the hub. Hope your day goes well. Take it easy! -Jill

@ learner365--Hope you do try some of the ideas. They're a good way to use extra fruit--and vegetables. I think little purple cabbages and green apples would be pretty together in a bouquet. I need more skewers! Take care, Jill


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learner365 4 years ago

Very pretty and neat ideas. Enjoyed the Hub and looking forward to try some of them soon. Thank you for sharing,Voted up and awesome !!!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub; I truly loved it and vote up plus share. Have a wonderful day and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

Eddy.,


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I feel very fruity now. Lots of great ideas here. As always something worth bookmarking.

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