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How to Make a Shaped Fruit Platter

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many 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.

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!

Fruit Tray Ideas

OccasionPlatter Shape(s)




Graduation Cap, Graduation Year (each number could be a different fruit)


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




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


  • 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

  1. Sketch the platter shape you want to use on the cardboard. Make adjustments as desired.
  2. Using scissors and a knife, cut out the shape. Do not worry about uneven edges because they will be covered by plastic wrap and foil.
  3. Cover top completely with plastic wrap, taping to the underside of the tray for security.
  4. Cover plastic wrap with aluminum foil, taping to the underside of the tray for security. Smooth edges and corners as desired.
  5. Start assembling the fruit tray. Make a nice design using different fruits. You may need to cut some of the fruit into smaller pieces or various shapes to fit.
  6. Finish up the platter and cover until ready to serve.
Once platter design is sketched, cut out using scissors and a knife.

Once platter design is sketched, cut out using scissors and a knife.

Completely cover cardboard with plastic wrap.

Completely cover cardboard with plastic wrap.

Foil covered cardboard ready for fruit!

Foil covered cardboard ready for fruit!

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

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

Serving Suggestions

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

  • Melt some chocolate for a delicious dip.
  • A bowl of fresh whipped cream makes a nice light 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.

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.

Good fruits to useFruits that don't hold up well


Apples: brown quickly


Pears:brown quickly

Grapes: They make great fillers and come in different colors

Bananas: brown quickly and turn mushy


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









Shaped fruit platters, perfect for any party.

Shaped fruit platters, perfect for any party.

These trays are 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.


© 2013 Claudia Mitchell


Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 10, 2020:

You can keep it refrigerated until you use it. If it's going to be out for a while, get a large tray and lay ice down. Lay the platter on top of the ice. Might be a bit tricky, but it should do the trick for a little while at least.

Jada sawatzky on June 09, 2020:

How do you keep fruit cold?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 14, 2013:

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.

RTalloni on November 14, 2013:

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…! :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 09, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 09, 2013:

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.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on September 02, 2013:

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

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on September 02, 2013:


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!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 24, 2013:

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.

Kristine Manley from Atlanta, GA on August 21, 2013:

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

Jill Spencer from United States on August 21, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2013:

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.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 25, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 08, 2013:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 03, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 30, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 29, 2013:

Thanks DDE! It was fun to make and eat!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 28, 2013:

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.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 28, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2013:

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.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on May 28, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2013:

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.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on May 27, 2013:

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

Nell Rose from England on May 27, 2013:

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!

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on May 26, 2013:

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

CZCZCZ from Oregon on May 26, 2013:

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

lesliebyars on May 26, 2013:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 26, 2013:

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

Voted UIA and shared.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 26, 2013:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 25, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 25, 2013:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 25, 2013:

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.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 23, 2013:

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

Natasha from Hawaii on May 23, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

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

Sneha Sunny from India on May 23, 2013:

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! :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 23, 2013:

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.

Susan from India on May 22, 2013:

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

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on May 22, 2013:

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.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 22, 2013:

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

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on May 22, 2013:

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

breakfastpop on May 22, 2013:

I absolutely love this idea! Up and awesome.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 22, 2013:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 22, 2013:

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!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 22, 2013:

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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