I’m sorry if you are seeing this twice this morning. We are having some technical issues with our photos. Hopefully they are resolved now.
Are you curious how I made the pineapple palm trees I talked about here? Although they were a bit challenging at first, they were fun and exciting to build. Here’s another look.
Here’s what you need to build the palm trees:
- 8 Pineapples (4 for each tree)
- 5 feet of 3 1/2 inch PVC pipe
- 2 PVC caps
- Fresh palm fronds
- 1 bunch of Kale
- 2 Floral Foam Disks
- Rocks or Water Softener Salt
Do yourself a favor and pick the right pineapples. Your pineapples should not be green when you cut them. The best way to pick a pineapple is to smell it. It should smell sweet and delicious. If your store only has green pineapples, buy them a few days before you want to cut them. They will most likely be perfectly ripe by the time you are ready to cut them.
To get the pineapples to slide over your PVC pipe, you need to hollow them out. On a cutting board (preferably one that will catch the extra juice), slide a very long sharp knife down along the skin of the pineapple. It should glide very easily along the skin. You only want to cut about half way down. Take your time.
After you have made it all the way around, turn the pineapple upside down and cut along the skin once again. Once you have made it all the way around you may need to gently slide your knife along your cut to loosen up any flesh that’s still attached in the middle.
The solid chunk of flesh should slide right out of the pineapple skin. You will be left with two pieces: The solid skin ring and the chunk of juicy delicious flesh.
If you are not building your palm trees the same day, you will need to store your pineapple skins.
I simply wrapped mine in a plastic grocery bag and tucked the excess bag in the top of the pineapple skin. I then stashed them in the refrigerator. I cut mine two days in advance. I don’t recommend cutting them any earlier than that.
You will then want to cut up the pineapple flesh. I cut mine into equal quarters. To remove the core, run your knife down the inside corner of each quarter. This will give you little wedges with the tips cut off. You can then slice the quarters into wedges or chunks. Store your cut up pineapple in airtight containers or bags until you are ready to serve.
My little helper woke up from her nap half way through. Gotta love the hair!
You will need to build a PVC stand for your trees. We bought a 10 foot length of 3 1/2 inch PVC pipe. We really only needed 5 feet of pipe but the 10 foot pipe was almost $1.00 less, go figure. We were able to easily cut the PVC down to size with a simple hack saw. You can see at the bottom that we purchased an adapter piece that sizes it up. This allowed us to use the cap that Lowe’s had available. The adapter also created a nice little base for the trees. My mom and I both agreed that if we used them again, we would definitely paint them brown. The white becomes troublesome to hide. More on that in a bit.
To assemble the trees, simply slide the pineapple skins down over the pipe. The bottom pineapple should sit right on top of the adapter piece.
I’m going to apologize for the lack of assembly photos from this point. We were kind of in a hurry for a wedding. =)
To cover the white PVC bases of your trees, creatively wrap kale around the base. We also got creative and added some flowers to the mix. We also used collard greens as a base for our fruit display.
Once you thread on all of your pineapples you may or may not have some PVC pipe left exposed. If you have your hack saw handy, feel free to shorten it up. We were fresh out of hack saws at the wedding location. We improvised by wrapping the remaining pipe with burlap, which worked really well.
Fill your PVC pipe with your heavy material. We used solar salt (evaporated sea water) that is normally used in a water softener. We wanted to use something safe around the food. After the wedding, we used the salt for a sensory bin for Ava. Double win!
Cap your pipe off with the floral foam rounds. We found these at the Dollar Store. We held up the burlap with a few toothpicks in the foam. Top of your tree with lots of fresh palm fronds. My Uncle Cris graciously picked these for us from his yard in the dark. Thanks Uncle Cris!
You’re finished! Your trees are done and you can finish decorating the rest of your table scape.
Do you have any pineapple tree plans?
(Psst… Don’t you just love our new watermark?)