Fruitful Flowers

Create the perfect centerpiece for a special gathering or celebration by using a fruit or vegetable as your vase.

What You Need:

This type of arrangement looks
great when several are set along
a table.

  • Casaba melon (or any semi-solid fruit or vegetable)
  • Small, sharp knife
  • 2 clear plastic cups, one inside the other to double strength
  • Small plate
  • Spoon
  • Ranunculuses (large handful), Sweet peas (large handful)



1. With a small, sharp knife, slice off the bottom of melon so that it will stand upright on its own.

2. Set melon on plate, sliced side down. Turn doubled plastic cup upside down and place on top of melon. Run knife around the edge of the cup, marking the melon. Use this as a guide to cut straight down into the melon to create an even, cylindrical hole for your cup.

3. With spoon, scoop out seeds and flesh of melon and discard.

4. Fill cup about 2/3 full with water and place inside hole. (Important: Fill cup before placing in melon to ensure no water gets trapped between the melon and cup. Water will rot melon quickly.) Gently press cup in until it fits firmly and snugly.



1. Arrange bunch. Take sweet peas in a large handful and arrange the ranunculuses in little clumps around the outside of the bunch. Place the bunches of ranunculuses randomly around the sweet peas to create a natural, freer look.

2. Measure stems against the melon to ensure flowers will sit directly against the top of melon. Cut ends of bunch if necessary.

3. Place flowers in cup and gently pull and shape to create fullness.