DIY Fruit Bouquets for Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Whether it's your mom, wife or a family friend, there's always someone special to celebrate on Mother's Day! Our DIY fruit bouquets are not only easy and fun to make with kids, they are also a great deal! Quality floral bouquets can easily cost upward of $100, and store-bought fruit arrangements can range anywhere from $35 to $99. So why not gather the kids and treat your favorite mom to a fruit bouquet made by those she loves most for a fraction of the cost? Simply follow these tips. 

Safety first!

Remember, whenever handling food and especially when letting the kids participate in the fun, safety is a priority. Keep these tips in mind:

  • An adult should supervise all activities in the kitchen, including these bouquets.
  • Only an adult should use sharp knives.
  • Review safety tips with your kids before allowing them to use a plastic knife.
  • Always use extreme caution when handling sharp objects such as skewers and toothpicks.
  • Wash and dry fruit thoroughly before cutting.
  • Remember to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly when working with any food.

Use fresh fruit

Using fresh fruit will ensure your DIY fruit bouquet is ripe, perfect for a sweet treat that Mom will love. Here's what’s in season in May:

  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries 

Strawberry rose bouquet

A Strawberry Rose Bouquet—for about $6! Once you see how this tasty treat compares to the real thing, you may never buy real roses again!

Here's what you'll need:

  • A vase (we found ours at the dollar store!)
  • One dozen silk roses (another dollar store buy)
  • 12 fresh, whole strawberries
  • A paring or plastic knife

Directions:

  • First, wash and dry strawberries (keep the leaves!).
  • Starting at the tip of each strawberry, slice "petals" by angling the knife toward the base/leaves.
  • Continue slicing up and around the strawberry (in between previous rows), gently pulling each slice out to mimic a petal. As you go up the strawberry, make the slices thinner (closer to the surface) so they'll bend/curl more.
  • Remove the silk roses from the stems and place the stems into the vase.
  • Carefully place the leaf side of each strawberry onto a plastic stem.

This fruit bouquet is a quick, inexpensive way to get your kids in on the action of treating Mom on her special day. Cleanup is quick, and if strawberries are Mom's favorite fruit, that's an extra bonus!

Fruit poppy bouquet

A Fruit Poppy Bouquet! This bouquet can be a simple arrangement, or you can let your culinary creativity juices flow!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Vase or deep bowl
  • Wooden skewers
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Melon baller
  • Flower-shaped cookie cutters
  • Head of lettuce
  • Bunch of kale
  • Watermelon or pineapple
  • Cantaloupe or honeydew melon

Directions:

  • Determine the size of your arrangement, then choose a vase or deep bowl to match.
  • Place the head of lettuce into your container. Cover the lettuce with the kale to create a lovely, lush base for your bouquet.
  • Cut whole fruit (we chose watermelon) into one-inch slices, then use the flower-shaped cookie cutter to cut as many "flowers" as you need!
  • Use the melon baller to scoop out rounds of cantaloupe or honeydew—they will be the center of your flowers.
  • Insert each skewer, pointed end up, into the head of lettuce. Carefully insert the watermelon flowers onto each skewer, leaving just enough room at the tip for the melon center.
  • Repeat this process until you have a full bouquet of fruit flowers!

Tip: Try putting a chunk of pineapple onto the skewer before you attach the watermelon—this keeps the watermelon snugly in place! Let those creative (fruit) juices flow by adding skewers of grapes and strawberries! The extra flavors and colors make this a bouquet that can't be beat!

This Fruit Poppy Bouquet takes a little more time to make than the strawberry roses and costs a little over $10, but if you want to give your mom a gift she will remember, look no further than this fun fruit bouquet!

Fruit frenzy bouquet

Now it's time to really impress Mom with a Fruit Frenzy Bouquet! Even the vase for this bouquet is made of fruit, making this a super-healthy, inexpensive and tasty way to deliver flowers on Mother's Day! 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Two pineapples
  • One watermelon
  • One cantaloupe and/or honeydew
  • Green grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cookie cutters (flower, heart and star)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Melon baller
  • Knife and cutting board

A few tips before you start:

  • Whether you choose a pineapple or watermelon as your base, make sure the fruit stands on its own before chopping off the top!
  • An alternative to using scoops of melon as your fruit center is to use raspberries and blueberries. Split a toothpick in half to invisibly secure the melon or berry center to each flower.

Directions:

  • Decide on a fruit base, such as a watermelon or pineapple.
  • If using a pineapple, cut off the top, leaving about ¾ of the pineapple. If using a watermelon, cut it in half crosswise.
  • Set aside the base.
  • Cut watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe and honeydew into one-inch slices.
  • Use cookie cutters on slices to create fun shapes with the one-inch slices!
  • Put grapes on the skewers for the stems.
  • Place the flowers (or hearts, stars or strawberries) on top of the grapes.
  • Stick the skewers into the base of the pineapple, arranging as you go.

Wondering how much we spent? Altogether, this Mother's Day treat cost just under $20. If you are looking to give a gift that is extra special and are willing to pay a few more dollars, you can’t go wrong with this Fruit Frenzy Bouquet!