How to Make a Fruit Swan Center Piece

This is a simple center piece garnish for any occasion. If wanted you can use different fruit than those that are listed, the steps would be the same.

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How to Make a Fruit Swan Center Piece
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First wash and lay out the fruit and find a spot to place a cutting board.

First wash and lay out the fruit and find a spot to place a cutting board.

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Use the serrated knife to cut about 1/5 off one side of the watermelon. This will be the base of the mother swan. The piece you have cut off will be used for the head, so keep it.

Use the serrated knife to cut about 1/5 off one side of the watermelon. This will be the base of the mother swan. The piece you have cut off will be used for the head, so keep it.

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About 3/4 inch from the middle cut straight down till the cut reaches what would be the middle if it were whole. Then cut horizontally till you reach the other cut going down.

About 3/4 inch from the middle cut straight down till the cut reaches what would be the middle if it were whole. Then cut horizontally till you reach the other cut going down.

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Straight edges are very important because this will be the wing.

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Continue cutting as in step 3 about 1/4 of an inch in. The more slices you have, the better it will look. I used 5 sections for the wing. If you don't feel the same do less or more, your choice.

Continue cutting as in step 3 about 1/4 of an inch in. The more slices you have, the better it will look. I used 5 sections for the wing. If you don't feel the same do less or more, your choice.

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I used the utility knife when the sections were getting to small for the serrated knife. It makes it more accurate and safer to handle and control.

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Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other side of the water melon.

Repeat steps 3 through 6 on the other side of the water melon.

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Using the utility knife, carve out the shape of the head. Then peel the skin of and smooth it out so it looks clean. Also cut of a portion of the bottom so it will be stable when inside the watermelon

Using the utility knife, carve out the shape of the head. Then peel the skin of and smooth it out so it looks clean. Also cut of a portion of the bottom so it will be stable when inside the watermelon

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Cut open a small hole towards the front, just big enough to fit the bottom of the swan in. Note that it is better for the hole to be too small than it be too big.

Cut open a small hole towards the front, just big enough to fit the bottom of the swan in. Note that it is better for the hole to be too small than it be too big.

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Make sure the head will fit in the hole. If you need to make adjustments, make them small. You can adjust the actual head or the hole. Remove the head and place it of to the side when done adjusting.

Make sure the head will fit in the hole. If you need to make adjustments, make them small. You can adjust the actual head or the hole. Remove the head and place it of to the side when done adjusting.

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Cut a triangle out from about midway to just above the wing cuts with the point facing down. The cut the red portion off of the triangle to give it a curve. Make sure it fits back in the hole upright.

Cut a triangle out from about midway to just above the wing cuts with the point facing down. The cut the red portion off of the triangle to give it a curve. Make sure it fits back in the hole upright.

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Place the water melon off to the side and grab a kiwi. You will be using the utility knife for cutting the kiwi.

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A good note is that the kiwi is a challenge all on its own. While the skin is tough, the actual fruit portion is very weak. This makes it difficult to do some of the cuts.

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Cut about 1/5 off the side. make sure that it is the wider side of the kiwi if you have and oval shaped kiwi.

Cut about 1/5 off the side. make sure that it is the wider side of the kiwi if you have and oval shaped kiwi.

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Cut down beside the center to the center. Then cut horizontally to the other cut.

Cut down beside the center to the center. Then cut horizontally to the other cut.

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Repeat step 15, this time going over just a tiny bit. For the kiwi swans you want them to have less wing sections than the watermelon swan. I choose to have 2 sections.

Repeat step 15, this time going over just a tiny bit. For the kiwi swans you want them to have less wing sections than the watermelon swan. I choose to have 2 sections.

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Repeat steps 15&16 for the other side of the kiwi.

Repeat steps 15&16 for the other side of the kiwi.

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Cut out the shape of the head. Then very carefully peel the skin off and smooth it out. Also cut off a small portion of the bottom. This may take multiple times to find a way to peel it.

Cut out the shape of the head. Then very carefully peel the skin off and smooth it out. Also cut off a small portion of the bottom. This may take multiple times to find a way to peel it.

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Cut out a small hole towards the front that will fit the head in it. Remember that it is better to have a hole to small than too big.

Cut out a small hole towards the front that will fit the head in it. Remember that it is better to have a hole to small than too big.

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Make sure the head fits inside the hole. Make adjustments if needed to the head or hole. Place the head off to the side when done with adjustments.

Make sure the head fits inside the hole. Make adjustments if needed to the head or hole. Place the head off to the side when done with adjustments.

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Cut out a triangle running from about midpoint to the top of the center. It may take some time to get the triangle out. After it is out cut off some of the triangle to give it a curve.

Cut out a triangle running from about midpoint to the top of the center. It may take some time to get the triangle out. After it is out cut off some of the triangle to give it a curve.

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Build your kiwi swan with the wings first. Push each section back the same amount, make sure they won't fall off. Then place the tail and the head in their respective holes.

Build your kiwi swan with the wings first. Push each section back the same amount, make sure they won't fall off. Then place the tail and the head in their respective holes.

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Repeat steps 14 through 22 for the other kiwis. You can use as many or as few kiwis as you want. I used 3.

Repeat steps 14 through 22 for the other kiwis. You can use as many or as few kiwis as you want. I used 3.

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On the large plate or pan you will begin to build the swan setup on it.

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Place the wings on first, pushing each section back about the same distance making sure they won't fall off. Then place the tail and the head in their respective holes.

Place the wings on first, pushing each section back about the same distance making sure they won't fall off. Then place the tail and the head in their respective holes.

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Angle the kiwi swans to "follow" the watermelon swan.

Angle the kiwi swans to "follow" the watermelon swan.

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