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Winter Fruit Arrangement

You can create a festive centerpiece with apples and pears purchased from your local grocery store and transform them from ordinary to extraordinary with just a touch of ribbon and a few upholstery pins.

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Directions:
Start with 2 footed cake plates, one larger than the other, and stack them on top of each other to create a tiered look.

Next take the fruits and shine them with a little cooking oil in an aerosol can, spray it on and wipe it off. Easy enough!

For the apples I used a simple design similar to tying a package with ribbon. To achieve this anchor the end of a length of cording near the stem of the apple with an upholstery pin. Now circle the apple with the cording, holding it in place with straight pins inserted at regular intervals. When you get back to the stem of the apple, loop the cording around the stem and switch directions. When you get back to the top of the apple secure the end of the cording with the upholstery pin. It is also a good idea to push an upholstery pin through the cording at the bottom of the apple as well.

I chose a spiral design for the pears. Simply attach on end of the cording to the base of the fruit with a stickpin, because pears are softer the long thin stickpins work better than the short upholstery pins. Now just wind the cording around the pear in a spiral, pinning it into place at regular intervals. When you get to the top, tuck the end behind the stem and secure it with a stickpin.

Once you have the fruit decorated you are ready to add it to the tiered cake plates. Garnish the plates with sprigs of evergreen boughs and set the be-ribboned fruit on the evergreens. For a cascading element, add green grapes and for extra sparkler clustered gold ball ornaments and votive candles around the base of the cake plate.