7 Steps to Create Pineapple Owl Centerpiece
These 7 steps to create this pineapple owl are very easy and anyone can recreate. I was asked to create this sweet centerpiece for an elementary school graduation reception. The main inspiration came from babble.com http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/amazing-fruit-vegetable-carvings/ with a few exceptions to make it my own. Hooty-who , the owl, my nickname for her was constructed with pineapples, cantaloupe, squash, cucumber, red and orange bell peppers, a carrot and blueberries. Read more to get started with the H-OWL too.
7 Steps to Create Pineapple Owl Centerpiece
Gather supplies and fruit.
2 large pineapples with a full crown of leaves- top part- for wings ,body and stand
2 small cantaloupe- for head ,eyebrows, collar
1 large yellow squash- for outer eye
1 cucumber for inner eye
1 red bell pepper-bow tie
1 orange bell pepper- feet
1 small carrot- beak
1 log round or firm base
10- 15 tooth picks and wooden skewers
Step 1 Pineapple Owl Centerpiece Cutting Fruit
Cut the crown off the top of the pineapple. Cut small slivers off the bottom of the pineapple to make level when standing up.
Cut crown leaves in half separating the pieces.
Cut thin slice down the center front of pineapple to create the exposed pineapple flesh.
Cut second pineapple, splitting the crown in half, and create a 2 x 4 inch pineapple base for the owl to sit upon. At this point you can also cut the feet using the orange bell pepper. The pineapple base or stand is underneath the pepper feet. Use toothpicks to attach. peppers (feet) to base of pineapple stand.
Step 2 Pineapple Owl Centerpiece Attaching the Wings to Body
Using toothpicks attach crown leaves (wings) to sides of pineapple. I used three toothpicks per side. You will need to trim the pineapple flesh that is on the crown leaves for a better fit. Attach the second pair of wings closely to the first set. The crown on the pineapple was not as thick or wide to make the wings look full, adding the second set makes the owl look balanced and proportional.
Step 3 Pineapple Owl Centerpiece Creating the Head
Cut the bottom of the cantaloupe to level. Save this bottom piece to make eyebrows later.
Sit the melon upright then cut 1/4″ thick slice on sides of melon to create the large eyes, be sure to leave about 1-1/2 ” between the slices for the nose. Save cut slices of melon for collar and trim work.
Cut curved shape from leftover melon slices to form the owl eyebrows. With Sharp knife cut slits around outside edges of rind. Over time this will spread to create a more curvature of the eyebrow. Cut two eyebrow shapes.
Place melon eyebrow at the top of the cut melon and attach with toothpicks or skewers. Trim the ends of the toothpick so it disappears into the flesh. You will need to trim the melon flesh in the curve of the eyebrow to create a good fit.
Cut the yellow squash into 1/4 inch thick slices and attach to sides of cut melon on the head. Use 4 toothpicks to attach squash slice to melon. Next will will cut the cucumber slice 1/8″ thick and attach the cucumber to the center of the squash, using toothpicks attach one single blue berry for eyeball. Repeat with other side of eye.
Create the carrot nose but carving to resemble a beak, insert two toothpicks into upper part of carrot then attach to melon head.
Step 4 Pineapple Owl Centerpiece Attaching Head to Body
Insert 5 long skewers into base of pineapple body. With leftover melon rind, cut more shapes like the eyebrows to place around the top of the pineapple base to from a collar. This melon collar covers up the wing pineapple flesh and makes the owl look more cleaner. In attached photo you will see the melon collar, clipping one end of the rind will allow the melon collar to shape itself around the pineapple base.
Attach melon head to base over the finished melon collar.
Step 5 Pineapple Owl Centerpiece Bow Tie and Pepper Feet
Cut red bell pepper into shape of a bow tie, thin the membrane so the bow tie will lie flat. Cut the owl’s feet using the orange bell pepper as seen in photo 1 at top of page. Insert bow tie under the collar on the front of the pineapple owl using toothpicks. In center of bow, attach one large blueberry. Attach the orange bell pepper feet with toothpicks to the base of the pineapple stand.
Step 6 Pineapple Owl Centerpiece Final Coating
To preserve this open cut owl I brushed the owl with vegetable oil. I did not want use lemon juice because I thought it might make it look dry. I also wanted a shiny glaze to the owl’s features. Coat the vegetable oil on the wings, feet, bow tie, eyes, any exposed pineapple or vegetable flesh. This owl will last 24 hours but no longer. Keep the owl refrigerated. For best results assemble the owl at the location for the centerpiece right before everyone sees the display. Place the melon head and pineapple base in the refrigerator until serving time.
Step 7 Pineapple Owl Centerpiece Log Stand and Presentation
The stand for the Pineapple Owl Centerpiece is a thick cut piece of log with bark. This was used for a wedding in the past and decided it would make the perfect base for this Owl. The log was not level so on the bottom of the slice, I taped a couple of washers to make it level. That worked perfectly.
If you are traveling with this owl, be sure to bring along extra toothpicks and skewers, extra pieces of melon, peppers, and blueberries in case something decided to fall in transit.