Introducing a cheerful fall apple craft just in time for Rosh HaShana! And of course, they'll look great in the Sukkah too, hanging or as a centerpiece. So gather your supplies, and have fun creating some new decorative accessories that keep well from year to year, though you may just love them so much they'll never get packed away.
Anyone remember my crocheted doily bowl? I think it's the perfect container for these apples, and if you make them together you can do an even better job color wise than I have. How about an apple green bowl and apples in patterns in shades of magenta and aqua, could be gorgeous!
Choose a selection of lightweight quilting fabrics that you love, and have fun bringing colors and pattern into your home that you wouldn't dare to use on something larger or more permanent. If you live near a large craft supply store, the best way to choose some great fabrics is to go to the quilting selection and buy fat quarters......there are so many to choose from that it can be a little difficult to choose.
- quilting fabric, or any very lightweight cotton (preferably) fabric
- fabric stiffener, like mod podge fabric, Paverpol, or even woodworker's glue diluted with water
- styrofoam apples
- sticks to make the stems
Cut fabric into 1/2" strips that are long enough to go around the entire vertical circumference of the apple. Dip fabric into fabric stiffener, run the strips between pointer and thumb to remove as much of the stiffener as possible and apply to apple by starting at the underside of the apple, and running the strip up the side of the apple, over the top, and down the other side. One can do this with shorter strips, but you'll get a much cleaner look by hiding the ends on the underside. Continue to apply strips until apple is covered, and set aside to dry.
Once apple is dry, make a hole in the top for the stem. Dip end of stem into some glue, and insert into hole.
Enjoy displaying your apples around the house or even make a bunch as place card holder/party favors! And for those of you who missed the link in the first paragraph, check out my crocheted doily bowl, and enjoy.