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DIY Papier-Mâché Fruit Ornaments

by Sam Ushiro

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One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is making handmade ornaments for the tree. There are so many possibilities, and it’s such an easy way to show off your style with something fun! This year, I decided to make my tree food-themed, but I was missing all of my favorite fruits — and since papier-mâché is so easy to use, I’m going to show you how to make your own fruity papier-mâché ornaments for the holidays. These might already be my favorite decor elements this year! You definitely won’t be able to pass up the watermelon one. Find out how to make them after the jump, and give your tree a fruity makeover! —Sam

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Supplies

-Papier-mâché paste
-Scissors
-Newsprint or newspaper
-Parchment paper
-Acrylic paint
-Small paintbrush
-Fishing line
-Masking tape
-Hot glue gun

How-To

Step 1: Crumple up some newspaper or newsprint into the shape of the fruit. Use masking tape to keep it in place and shape it more.

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Step 2: Cut more newsprint into strips, dip them into the papier-mâché paste, and apply them onto your fruit shape. I applied two coats of papier-mâché strips to make the shape smoother.

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Step 3: Once the papier-mâché is dry, paint the ornaments with acrylic paint.

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Step 4: Paint details onto the fruits, like the seeds on the watermelon and the brown ends on the banana.

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Step 5: Cut leaves for the pineapple, and stems for the pear and apple and hot glue them to the tops of the fruit. Hot glue a loop of fishing line to the back of the ornaments to hang them on the tree.

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