Artificial Fruit Wreath

Create a fresh take on a classic evergreen wreath by composing ones from fruit.

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
  • Marker
  • Foam cutter
  • 1/2 yard of white felt
  • Pins
  • 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.


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