Artificial Fruit Wreath
Create a fresh take on a classic evergreen wreath by composing ones from fruit.
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What You'll Need
- 2-inch-thick, 25x30-inch florist's foam sheet or 21-inch-wide oval floral foam wreath
- Newspaper or tracing paper
- Foam cutter
- 1/2 yard of white felt
- 100 pieces of 1- to 2-inch artificial fruit (lemons, oranges, Clementine's, pears) in various shades of yellow, orange, and green
- Drop cloth
- Copper spray paint
- Spray adhesive
- Copper- and gold-color glitter
- Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
- 30 small, fresh evergreen sprigs
How to Make It
1. If using florist's foam sheet as a wreath base, make a pattern by drawing a 21x25-inch oval on newspaper and cut it out. Lay the pattern on the foam and trace around it with a marker. Use a foam cutter to cut out the shape and round off the edges.
2. Cut the felt into 2x18-inch lengths; wrap each strip around the wreath and secure with pins, overlapping the strips slightly.
3. Reserve one-third of the artificial fruit. Lay the rest on a drop cloth. Lightly spray-paint with copper, holding the can 15 inches away from fruit. Spray only to cover one side of the fruit. Let dry.
4. Cover the painted half of the spray-painted fruit with spray adhesive, then immediately sprinkle copper and gold glitter over the fruit while the adhesive is still tacky.
5. Hot-glue the fruits to the felt closely to one another, interspersing nonpainted fruit with painted fruit. Adhere smaller fruits on top.
6. Tuck evergreen sprigs between the fruits; hot-gluing the pieces as necessary.