Edible arrangements make a nice alternative to flowers, providing both beauty and nourishment. If you want to try your hand at making your own edible arrangements, you'll need a few carving tools to get started. Conventional edible arrangements make use of fresh fruit, but you can get creative and include marshmallows, cookies, shaped chocolates or other candies in yours. Let your imagination run wild.
No matter what type of edible arrangement you want to create, you'll need to have floral foam and wooden skewers to hold the pieces together. Insert wooden skewers into each piece of fruit you intend to use in the arrangement. Use floral foam in the base of your vase or container to hold the skewers in place. If you prefer, you can sink the skewers into gravel, marbles or another firm base.
Cookie cutters are the easiest ways to make flowers, hearts, stars and other fun shapes for your edible arrangement. Use cookie cutters on soft fruits such as pineapple and melon or on firm fruits such as apples. Purchase cookie cutters in a variety of sizes to create maximum impact.
To get the rind off your fruits, you will need a sharp paring knife and a chef's knife for larger fruit. Use a 5- or 7-inch chef's knife to cut melon, or use it to hull strawberries. A crinkle-cut knife can help you get ruffled edges on your cuts for added texture.
A melon baller can help you create perfect circles out of any fruit, soft- or hard-fleshed. This can help you add visual interest to an arrangement, or you can use the melon baller to scoop out centers for your flowers, adding color and texture to your edible arrangement.