Going to school in Colonial Williamsburg as a kid, I was always blown over by the decorations during the holidays. Most of them centered around greenery and produce - so simple yet so stunning. Back then, no formal holiday dining room was complete without a sugared fruit topiary. So, I’m brining ‘em back!!
MATERIALSStyrofoam coneNon-weighted Styrofoam fruit (some frosted)Small fruit and berriesMossGrapevineStyrofoam spray gluedHot glueBread knife or saw
STEPSCut your large fruit in half. It should cut pretty easily using a hack saw or even a bread knife if you have the unweighted fruit.
If you’ve got fruit with some heft in it, you’ll probably run across ones with weights in them. Just cut around the “pit” like you would a mango and they’ll eventually come apart.
Coat your cone with the Styrofoam spray glue. Follow the instructions on the can, but usually you let it sit for a few minutes to let it reach maximum stickiness. Now place your fruit halves onto the cone. They should stick right on.
Continue placing fruit until your cone is covered.Add hot glue between your fruit...
and fill in with moss.
On top of the moss use hot glue to add little berries..
...and any other little fruit you have. .
Take a length of grape vine and stick one end into the Styrofoam near the base. Twist and turn the grapevine up and around the cone and tuck in the opposite end near the top.
You’re all done!
For a more majestic display I sat them on top of a pair of pillar holders - Colonial Williamsburg would be proud!