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How to Make a Shaped Fruit Platter

Updated on January 20, 2016
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Glimmer has been writing recipes online for almost 5 years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Create a beautiful fruit platter in any shape with these easy instructions.
Create a beautiful fruit platter in any shape with these easy instructions. | Source

Fruit platters are the perfect dish for a potluck, a picnic or any other party. In the summer, fruit cools down your guests with a refreshing treat, and in the winter, fresh fruit brings a bit of summer into the festivities.

You can't go wrong with a fruit tray, and, with the wide variety of fruit that is available at grocery stores year round, there is something that will please everyone.

Next time you take fruit to an event, instead of putting it in a bowl, try one of these shaped fruit platter ideas. It will add whimsy to any buffet table and be the hit of the party!

Shaped fruit platter tutorial
Shaped fruit platter tutorial | Source

Fruit tray ideas

Occasion
Platter Shape(s)
Anniversary
Heart
Graduation
Graduation Cap, Graduation Year (each number could be a different fruit)
Birthday
Butterfly, Balloons (make each oval balloon a different fruit and have a ribbon leading down to a bowl of fruit dip), Number for the age
Wedding
Heart
Christmas
Christmas tree, Star, Bell
Wedding Showers
Heart, Bow
Baby Showers
Pacifier, Baby Bottle

Supplies you'll need

  • Large piece(s) of cardboard or foam board, the sturdier the better
  • Scissors
  • Knife (serrated works well with cardboard)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tape
  • Pen/pencil

Tips:

  • Save your heavy duty cardboard boxes for this project.
  • The trays can get heavy, so if your cardboard is too flimsy, make sure to assemble on top of a large board or tray. It will be easier to carry.
  • Don't use any surface that you want to use again. The juice from the fruit may leak through.
  • Use lots of different colors and fruit on your platter.

Assembling the fruit tray

  • Sketch the platter shape you want to use on the cardboard. Make adjustments as desired.
  • Using scissors and knife, cut out the shape. Do not worry about uneven edges because they will be covered by plastic wrap and foil.

Once platter design is sketched, cut out using scissors and a knife.
Once platter design is sketched, cut out using scissors and a knife. | Source
  • Cover top completely with plastic wrap, taping to the underside of the tray for security.

Completely cover cardboard with plastic wrap.
Completely cover cardboard with plastic wrap. | Source
  • Cover plastic wrap with aluminum foil, taping to the underside of the tray for security. Smooth edges and corners as desired.

Foil covered cardboard ready for fruit!
Foil covered cardboard ready for fruit! | Source
  • Start assembling the fruit tray. Make a nice design using the different fruits. You may need to cut some of the fruit into smaller pieces or various shapes to fit.

  • Finish up the platter and cover until ready to serve.

Start assembling the fruit in a decorative pattern of your choice.
Start assembling the fruit in a decorative pattern of your choice. | Source

Serving Suggestions

This platter is nice on it's own, but is even better with a bowl of fruit dip.

Fruits to use

Not every fruit lends itself to a fruit platter that will be sitting out for a while.

Here are some that hold up well to sitting out on a buffet table, and some that aren't so great.

Good fruits to use
Fruits that don't hold up well
Strawberries
Apples - brown quickly
Pineapple
Pears - brown quickly
Grapes - they make great fillers and come in different colors
Bananas - brown quickly and turn mushy
Oranges
Plums - brown quickly
Kiwi - fantastic green color
Cherries - look great, but have pits which are not great for party guests
Melon - comes in beautiful colors
Raspberries - look and taste great but soften quickly
Star fruit - adds great texture
Peaches - brown quickly
Mangos
 
Papayas
 
Blueberries
 
Blackberries
 
If you really want to use fruits that brown quickly, coat them in an acidic juice, like lemon, lime, or pineapple. They will still not hold up as well as other fruits, but will last longer on the tray.

Fruit tray

Shaped fruit platters, perfect for any party.
Shaped fruit platters, perfect for any party. | Source

Try a shaped fruit tray at your next party

It is healthy and delicious, and can be used as a side dish, or put on the dessert table. People of all ages love it, and, best of all, no cooking is required.

Enjoy!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      These are excellent fruit platter ideas, and what a healthy and attractive way to make someone happy!

      Great hub! Voted up and pinning too!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are so clever! This is not something I would ever do but that does not prevent me from appreciating the cleverness behind it. Well done!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks ChitrangadaSharan! Fruit is a perfect dish for any party. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I absolutely love this idea! Up and awesome.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a great idea. How creative. I'm impressed. Voted this one up, shared, pinned... Great job.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Have fruits, will travel, I always say! Sharing, Glim..you always create!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Glimmer, fabulous idea! In fact, I'm going to have to borrow this for my daughter's bridal shower. It's so much better than tossing fruit into a bowl! Thanks very much.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow. Great idea. This looks amazing. I am going try this out. Thank you for sharing. Voted up and interesting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Bill! It's so easy and such a wow platter for a party I think everyone should do this at their next function! You could impress Bev with a fancy platter too. Have a great day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it breakfastpop! It's good for breakfast too (and always fun to eat munch on fresh fruit during a political discussion). Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Wow Bill, I appreciate all of the support. Have a great day.

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      Sneha Sunny 4 years ago from India

      wow this is so creative and beautiful. And of course useful! Thank you for this great idea. I've never tried anything like this. Thinking to try! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Michelle - Ha - I agree with you...Thanks for the nice comments and support!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      ytsenoh - I think something like this is beautiful at a bridal shower and the guests will all appreciate the fruit. I know when I was getting ready for my wedding I did not want to eat anything to fattening. Hope it turns out nicely. Thanks for reading!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Vacation Trip. There are so many wonderful types of fruit available, you'll have a fun time trying it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Sneha Sunny - Glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks so much for commenting. I appreciate it and hope you give it a try.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      This looks great! I really appreciate the directions on how to make the tray, too. I never would have known how!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a great way to dress up a gathering or dinner. What a centerpiece this would make.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks Natashalh - I have a number of summer parties coming up and am definitely bringing this to a couple of them. I appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi aviannovice - This is definitely a great way to dress up a party. I also find that my daughter will eat more fruit when it comes from something a little bit fancier than just a bowl of fruit. Thanks for reading!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      You know of course that I wanted to reach in and snitch a piece of these succulent looking fruits.!!! Summer is the time for such yumminess for sure (well, any time is, but summer screams,, juicy fruits)..and while the calendar does not say 'summer' yet it is summer-like weather we are now having.

      The clever presentation is so attractive and eye-catching and will definitely make a great display on a buffet.

      Thanks for sharing and congrats again on your HOTD accolades... ps

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much pstraubie - Well it may be summer where you are, but I had to bring in all my plants these past few days for a freeze warning! At least this fruit reminds me of summer temps. I appreciate your kind comments and hope you are well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      GTF, voted up, interesting and awesome! What a unique idea. It looka very attractive.

      Voted UIA and shared.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      I am salivating! Very neat and easy way to create different shapes for the fruit to be in. Thanks for sharing!

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      CZCZCZ 3 years ago from Oregon

      Very nice idea and tutorial for a fun and visually appealing fruit display.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Really like your idea here. You can basically create any shape. Great for all occasions, even company parties.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      I love it! now I know what to do when I visit my son, we are having a party next week! you are a genius! lol! thanks!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a great idea! I love it! up++ and pinning! Thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Many thanks rajan - I bet this would look beautiful with some of the many fruits you have written about. A tropical fruit platter would be lovely too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I appreciate it lesliebyars. I like that it can be any shape too. Even a circle would be really pretty.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much CZCZCZ. I hope you give it a try sometime. It's fun to make.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks truthfornow. That's what I like about it, something like this can be taken to any event and look good. Fruit is one of those things you can't go wrong with either. Pretty much everyone will find something they like.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Nell - Have fun visiting your son. He, and all the party guests, will love it! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      btrbell - Thanks for reading and commenting. I completely forgot to tell you that I had linked your watermelon fruit bowl hub to this. I loved that bassinet and thought other folks would too.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much! I do appreciate it and will link this one to my brunch hub!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much. I can't believe I forgot to tell you. I guess I was so eager to hit the "publish" button. WIth the nice temperatures I'm not as motivated to write hubs so when I do, I want to get it done.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible idea for a fruit platter you have created a fruitful thought, looks so attractive.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is something I would never have thought of, and it's such a useful idea with all the beautiful fresh fruit we can get in Peru. I like the idea of serving the pretty fruit tray with a delicious dip, too. Thank you! Voted up and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks DDE! It was fun to make and eat!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Many thanks Vespa - I bet you have some incredible fruit in Peru, and it would look really pretty on a try like this. I bet you could come up with a good dip too. I appreciate the support.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Glimmer

      I read this a while back but I am going to a party on Saturday and wanted to take a special healthy luscious food tray. THIS is the one. I will taking this and sharing with my friends and family. Thanks for the lovely idea Angels are on the way this evening ps

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I hope everyone enjoyed the fruit platter at your party. What shape did you make? Thanks for letting me know you were doing this idea.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Mm, that looks like something cool on a hot day, makes my mouth water! ^

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Jackie - People really can't go wrong with a fruit platter in my opinion. It also stays out nicely without spoiling. Glad you enjoyed the hub. Hope you are having a nice summer.

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      Jill Spencer 3 years ago from United States

      Absolutely delightful & gluten free (: ! Pinned it to "Sweet!" and shared. One of these would be really nice for a potluck.

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      Donna Kristine 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I absolutely love the heart-shaped fruit tray. I'll have to do this for my next gathering.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Jill - Glad you enjoyed the platter ideas. I made one for a graduation party in the shape of a cap. It was a hit. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Kristine - Thanks so much for your kind comments. I hope it's a hit at your next party. I think fruit is always a hit at any gathering.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      How did I miss this one! Love the shaped idea and great suggestions for all occasions too! It looks gorgeous, so tasty and healthy this is a winner all around!! Great simple idea with your usual flair of creativity that everyone can do now you have shown us how easy it is done!! Great job as always, all the votes, shared and pinned!!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      That's a neat idea for a fruit platter! A heart shape would work well for a Valentine's Day party! Great job..cheers

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Suzie - Better late than never when responding to comments. Sorry about that. Thanks for all of the support. Took one to a party a little while ago and it was a hit. You can't miss with fruit. Have a great day.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much carter06. My apologies for taking so long to respond. I love taking fruit to events and jazzing it up like this makes a big difference.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      You've got me thinking now… A rectangular tray with strawberries making up a bow shape in the middle and pineapple chunks filling the surrounding areas with a green grape boarder a would be pretty for a Christmas buffet table. Ideas…! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Oh I like that idea. Now I am thinking. What about a Christmas tree shape with green grapes, kiwi and then a strawberry garland and pineapple ornaments. The possibilities are endless. I really love the bow idea. Thanks for commenting.

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