Thanks to FloraCraft® for sponsoring this post! It’s warming up out here in the desert, which means it’s time for me to start getting excited about cute, fruity crafts. In face, I started a new pinterest board just for collecting my favorite fruit-inspired projects – there’s some good stuff on there folks!
So, it’s probably no surprise that when I got this month’s FloraCraft® Make It Fun Crafts challenge – a box of foam balls in all kinds of sizes – I decided turn them into a cute fruit garland. And I’m so happy with the way it turned out!
I used crepe paper fringe to color and cover my little fruits, which gave them a fun piñata look – perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration or really any barbecue or Summer get together.
Want to make your own? Here’s how:
Supplies (The following links are affiliate links):
- FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls (I used 4″, 3″, 2″, and 1″ balls)
- FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® StyroGlue®
- FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Tools
- FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Connectors
- Crepe Paper Streamers (I used light pink, dark pink, yellow, light green, and dark green)
- Cardstock (black and white)
Each little fruit is covered in crepe paper fringe. I found it was really easy to cut strips of fringe if I folded up a piece first, cut it in half lengthwise, and then snipped the fringe.
To make watermelon pieces, I started by cutting a 4″ ball into four wedges:
The foam tools kit includes a shaper that I used to gently file off any uneven pieces. When each wedge was all nice and smooth, I added a piece of pink crepe paper across the top of each wedge and then layered the fringe up each side. Then I flipped the wedge over and trimmed off the excess.
For the pineapple, I started with a 3″ ball and used the shaping tool to file down the sides to create a more cylindrical shape.
After I wrapped yellow fringe all around the pineapple shape, it was time to add the green leafy top! I did this by cutting the bottom off a 1″ ball and used one of the cool foam connectors to join it with the yellow pineapple shape.
To create the cute little strawberries, I started by giving a 2″ ball a bit of a point on one side.
Again, I cut leaves from green crepe paper and glued them to the top. I screwed a little foam eyelet into the top to make a stem and a place to connect it to the garland. I also added tiny white seeds cut from cardstock (I used my Silhouette to cut the machines, which make it super easy, but you could totally do them by hand or with a punch).
And that’s it! These little fruits are a lot of fun to make and pretty much the cutest things ever.
Looking for more fruity creative inspiration? Check out these projects: