DIY Strawberry roses are beautiful and easy to make! Create an elegant and edible strawberry roses bouquet for a unique centerpiece at any special event or to to give as a gift to a strawberry lover.
Enjoying fresh strawberries is one of the highlights of summer! Since strawberries are in season, it’s the perfect time for several blogging friends and I to share some delicious (and even nutritious) strawberry recipes for July’s Pinterest Challenge! *This post contains affiliate links. See my full affiliate disclosure policy for details.
Each month our fabulous host Cindy of County Road 407 chooses a photo from Pinterest for inspiration, then each participating blogger comes up with her own interpretation of the theme using similar elements, but with a bit of personal flair too. Instead of choosing a craft or decor inspiration photo this month, Cindy chose strawberry recipes as our theme! Yummy!
“Welcome” to those of you who are coming over from Laura at Everyday Edits or if you are just stopping by for a visit. I am so happy to have you here! If you love strawberries as much as I do, be sure to check out the links to 12 delicious strawberry recipes at the end of this post.
“Son-sational” Strawberry Roses
Today I am extra excited to introduce “Chef Liam!” My handsome 16 year-old son, Liam, is a super talented young chef-in-progress. He is planning to attend culinary school after he graduates. He has been cooking at our local country club for several months, which has been a wonderful experience for him as he develops his natural aptitude and passion for culinary arts while gaining skills for his future career.
A couple of weeks ago I shared a photo of an amazing summer salad with grilled chicken, fresh berries and candied pecans that Liam whipped up for the Fourth of July. It was delicious! His salad recipe would have worked for this challenge, but when I asked him if he had any other gluten, dairy, and egg-free strawberry recipe ideas, he surprised me by suggesting strawberry roses. How fun!
I wasn’t exactly sure what Liam’s strawberry roses would look like, so I asked him to make a couple before I actually decided to do this post. They were so pretty and I couldn’t wait to share them with all of you! I had no idea he could make them! He had recently been experimenting with making strawberry roses with unsued strawberries from a fruit platter he made for a party at the country club.
Before moving on to the strawberry roses bouquet tutorial, can we just take a moment to appreciate this fruit platter? It was his first time putting one together. Bravo, Liam!
How to Make a Strawberry Roses Bouquet
Liam made a dozen gorgeous strawberry roses right before rushing out the door to soccer practice. I was so impressed! He is really interested in edible art and it looks like he has a knack for it already! On a side note, I recently scored the pretty vintage strawberry botancial print in a little antiques shop in Mebane, North Carolina. You can purchase a simliar strawberry print vintage botanical on Amazon. The two vintage strawberry plates were dime finds at a local yard sale several years ago.
Here’s how to make individual strawberry roses and a strawberry roses bouquet:
- 12-16 Strawberries
- Wooden Skewers
- Cutting Board
- Pairing Knife
- Vase or Container
- Several Mint and Basil Sprigs (optional)
- Time: 30-45 Minutes
Step 1: Place one strawberry “pointed end up” on a cutting board.
Step 2: Using a pairing knife, make a small diagonal slit at the base of the strawberry as shown above.
Step 3: Continue making slits around the bottom of the strawberry until the cut pieces resemble petals as shown above. It will take approx. five slits for a medium strawberry. The “petals” are somewhat fragile, so do not overhandle them. Holding the tip of the strawberry only, use the knife to gently open the petals downward.
Step 4: Repeat the process of cutting diagonal slits around the strawberry directly above the first row. You will make 4-5 smaller slits on the second row.
Tip: Hold the top of the strawberry, but avoid touching the petals as you cut each layer.
Step 5: Repeat the process of cutting slits around the outside of the strawberry in layers from the bottom to the top. You will decrease the number of slits per row from 4, to 3, to 2 respesctively, until you are left with only the pointed tip of the strawberry.
Place each strawberry on the pointed end of a wooden skewer and arrange skewers in a vase for an elegant and edible strawberry roses bouquet!
I think Liam did a wonderful job making these beautiful strawberry roses.
After Liam finished the basic strawberry bouquet, I dressed it up a bit by adding fresh sprigs of pineapple mint, chocolate mint, and spearmint from my garden to cover the bare skewers. Then I did my thing by styling up the bouquet in a strawberry-themed vignette.
The scrumptious and refreshing aroma of the combination of mint and strawberries filled the kitchen!
I used my recently thrifted brass tray for the strawberry roses bouquet along with vintage ironstone dishes, French strawberry “Fraise” glasses, a small strawberry creamer, a green ticking stripe napkin and a few scattered strawberries. The vintage reproduction strawberries botanical print was one of several fruit and flowers botanical prints I scored while junkin’ in North Carolina during vacation.
Summer Picnic with Strawberry Roses
An edible and elegant strawberry roses bouquet is a sweet and healthy “dessert” for a summer picnic. Several strawberry roses bouquets would make beautiful centerpieces for any special event such as a wedding, bridal shower, or birthday party.
Strawberry roses can be “picked” and enjoyed straight from the bouquet. I have to admit, I found them too pretty to eat!
Liam also suggested drizzling a bit of chocolate sauce over large strawberry roses like this one. That’s my boy!
Bonus Recipe: Refreshing Strawberries and Mint-Infused Ice Water
For a simple and refreshing summer drink, slice up a couple of strawberries and place them in a glass of ice water along with several sprigs of mint and/or basil. The longer the water steeps, the stronger the flavor.
If your summer is as hot and humid as ours in Kentucky, you may have to add more ice every five minutes or so!
The bouquet managed to last throughout my photo session, but in “real life” I think you would want to make the strawberry roses bouquet shortly before serving (the strawberries started to get a little gooey in the heat.) I doubt they would last very long at a party anyway!
I have really enjoyed learning and sharing how to make stawberry roses for this challenge! A special thank-you goes out to Liam for sharing his time and talents with us (even if I did give pay him a little “tip” for his time!) Teenagers! 😉
I hope you are inspired to make a strawberry roses bouquet or any of the other wonderful strawberry recipes shared on today’s hop. Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful links below for more creative and delicious strawberry recipes shared by all of my talenting blogging friends.
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Your strawberry roses are so beautiful, Amber. I am looking forward to making some the next time I have a party.July 27, 2021 at 7:45 am
HI Amber,July 27, 2021 at 8:57 am
What a fun tutorial and I love that Liam was the inspiration!
Okay I want to try my hand (and knife) and make these! Pairing it with the mint is perfect! laura
Wow, your son is super talented Amber! These strawberry roses are beautiful.July 27, 2021 at 9:31 am
Wow, Liam (and you) knocked it out of the park. So beautiful and unique! I’ve pinned and followed you on Pinterest.
Thanks for sharing!July 27, 2021 at 11:32 am
Niky @ The House on Silverado
Oh my goodness, I’ve never seen such in my life! What a beautiful centerpiece. I want a Chef Liam.July 27, 2021 at 1:42 pm
He could teach Edible Arrangements a few things. And that salad was mouth watering for sure. I wish one of my kids would work at the country club! I can’t imagine what holidays will be like at your house when he’s finished with Culinary school?! You’ll be the house everyone wants to go to!
So glad you got to join us. Pinned!
Liam is going to be an amazing chef! The strawberry roses are just amazing and I’m so glad you shared them for the PC! Pinning!July 27, 2021 at 8:09 pm
Oh, how fun to include Liam in this challenge, Amber! I could see my boys wanting to experiment with food when they get older. I secretly hope one will take the same path as Liam. His strawberry roses are gorgeous and perfectly styled by you too! Hugs!July 29, 2021 at 12:01 am
WOW Amber!! I’m super impressed with your son, totally adorable and so very talented. I love hearing about guys that love to cook and are so talented in the kitchen! The strawberries are gorgeous, I’ve never actually seen strawberry roses before. what a beautiful statement!July 29, 2021 at 12:23 am
Amber, congratulations to Liam for a beautiful job making strawberry roses. I remember doing things like that in culinary school. This would be a great idea for Valentine’s Day – with chocolate. Your arrangement is very pretty. Best wishes to Liam for his culinary goals.July 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm
What an original idea, Amber! You and Liam did a wonderful job! Everything looks lovely, and I bet it tasted amazing, too!July 29, 2021 at 5:49 pm
these are so cute!! I love strawberry season!July 29, 2021 at 9:18 pm
I would love to see more collaborations between you and Liam; he can cook, you can style! The roses are lovely. Maybe some flowers with pineapples next? There must be more flowers from fruit to be made! Glad he has found a calling so young! My SO’s son went to cooking school after years of being a mason–those cement blocks got heavy! He loves it!July 29, 2021 at 10:36 pm
I LOVE this! Your son is talented (& adorable) and what a blessing to have a “budding” chef in the family! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!August 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm
Well done to your son Liam… these strawberry roses are stunning. You must be so proud Amber and isn’t it wonderful when they already have a passion and direction they want to follow for the future.August 5, 2021 at 9:31 pm
Thank you for sharing Liam’s recipe at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at the party tonight and pinning too.
Have a great weekend!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne