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Faux Fall Decor

A few years ago I had received the new Fall Issue from The Country House
and was flipping through it when a bowl of rustic apples and pears caught my eye. I liked the rusty stars on them, but $15.99 for 4 put the brakes on!
I started thinking. How can I make these?
I new I had Dollar Tree faux apples and pears in my Treasure Pile
I dragged out some supplies that I thought would do the trick.
The faux fruit
my spice mix
craft knife or scissors
and of course..
Mod Podge had to be included!
I knew I would need a star stencil so I cut one out of their catalog (just happened to be the right size ;)) traced it onto a piece of paper and cut it out.
I coated the fruit in Mod Podge and the dredged them in the spice mix. Then let dry thoroughly.
When dry I coated them in Mod Podge again to keep the spices mix from falling off.
Let them dry again thoroughly for a few hours then just held on the stencil with my fingers and painted the star on with copper craft paint
I think they turned out pretty darn cute. No they aren't the same color and
the star is painted on, not attached, they are my version and a heck of a lot cheaper ♥

Materials I used for this project:

  • Faux fruit   (Dollar Tree)
  • Spice mix   (mix your own - cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coffee, etc)
  • Paint & Mod Podge   (Leftover from other projects - Walmart has it though)
  • Wanda sinnema
    Wanda sinnema Seattle, WA

    I love this idea.... favorite season is fall..

  • Margie
    Margie Booneville, AR

    i never know what kind of mod podge to buy....i want to do this project...i love it..genius idea,and saves $$....so could any one tell me the type of mod podge..i m sure i sound stupid but ive never used it and i have so many projects i want to do

  • Debbie Avila Newton

    First, you don't sound stupid! They've come out with so many different types it gets confusing if you've never used it before. For this application I used Mod Podge matte - it didn't need any sheen on the first coat becasue it was going to be

  • Denise Bobenread
    Denise Bobenread Cleveland, TN

    A product I use on our train layout which replicates ground cover would also work instead of the spice mix. Spray it with a coating of elmers glue and water.

  • Susie
    Susie United Kingdom

    What's wrong with real fruit?

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