How to Cut Fruit Art

by Holland Ember

Use fruit art for a centerpiece at a party.

künstliche früchte auf türkischem basar image by Wolfgang Peinelt from

Items you will need

  • Fruit
  • Sharp knife
  • Non-toxic marker
  • Cookie cutter
  • Toothpicks

Whether you are creating a fancy centerpiece or trying to make your child’s packed lunch more appealing, cutting fruit art is both fun and challenging. If you have ever carved a pumpkin for Halloween, you already have some experience in cutting fruit art. Fruit art is common in Asian countries. A recent trend in children’s lunches is “bento,” a Japanese term for meals in a box. The boxes often include elaborate fruit art. For the simplest designs, you’ll need a sharp knife and an idea for your creation. For more elaborate art, invest in curved knives, cookie cutters and gouges.

Step 1

Draw your design on large fruit or fruit with a thick skin. This works for fruit such as melons, apples and oranges.

Step 2

Cut the design into the fruit using your knife.

Step 3

Cut small accent pieces using your knife. You will likely have to do this without a pattern on smaller fruit and fruit with a thin skin such as grapes and berries.

Step 4

Press your cookie cutter into pieces of firmer fruit such as apples and melons to obtain a perfectly shaped piece of fruit. These work best for accent pieces or as part of a fruit platter.

Step 5

Sprinkle fruit that has light-colored flesh, such as apples, with citrus juice to prevent the fruit from turning brown.

Step 6

Assemble your art using toothpicks. Be careful not to damage the visible flesh of the fruit.


  • When preparing fruit, place a towel under your fruit art to soak up juices. The towel will also provide a rough surface that will prevent fruit from rolling around. Use a melon baller or ice cream scoop to remove large amounts of fruit flesh from big fruit such as melons.

Photo Credits

  • künstliche früchte auf türkischem basar image by Wolfgang Peinelt from

About the Author

Holland Ember has been a writer for eight years focusing on technical writing and specializing in environment, health and social sciences. She has a Bachelors of Arts in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. Ember has written for eHow and also edits academic and scientific journal articles.