A painted Styrofoam fruit centerpiece is not only adorable but a super fun project for all ages. While I originally thought this would be the perfect centerpiece for a summer barbe-que, I decided that it would also be great for a Mexican style Purim fiesta, so here you have it. And I have to tell you, this is truly one of favorite projects because the results were even better than the image that I had in my head!
While I am going to use some of these on the table for the Mexican fiesta that I'll be posting about next week, I'm also playing with the idea of gluing the fruit into the basket and hanging this on my front door. Then at least every time I open the door I'll see smiles all around, right? And plus it's perfect for the joyful month of Adar. And since we have two months of Adar this leap year, well I'd say it's time to make them all smile! And if the neighbors wonder where you got your strange sense of humor, so like I always say, blame it on me. Just make sure to tell them creativejewishmom.com, so they'll know where to find me!
- styrofoam or paper mache fruit
- acrylic craft paint
- wooden skewers
- a protective coat of acrylic varnish if you'll be using this outdoors
How To: Since my fruit are made from styrofoam, I stuck a skewer into the bottom of each one, so that I could paint the fruit on all sides and avoid touching it while it was being painted. I did not paint a base coat of white over the existing color of the fruit, but if you want to paint the fruit pastel colors, so that would be a good idea, and you can certainly do that with white spray paint. Other than that, well, paint the fruit a base color, and when that is dry paint the details—polka dots, stripes, dashes, you name it! And I do think that these fruit would look great hanging as a mobile, or strung on a string, then again, you could also glue them onto a big straw hat for a great costume!