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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 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)

Ask the creator about this project

  • A Crafty Mix - Michelle
    A Crafty Mix - Michelle South Africa
    on Aug 2, 2016

    They turned out beautifully, so rustic and full of charm.

  • Debbie Avila Newton
    Debbie Avila Newton
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Thanks so much!

  • Barbara Pfister
    Barbara Pfister
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Perfect for autumn decorating. I may just try this.

  • Virginia Smith
    Virginia Smith Philadelphia, PA
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Love to save money! Looks Great,! Thanks for sharing

  • Curlywillow1
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Yum.Just the thing to take our minds off the hot Fla.Summer. 😅

  • Deborah Degan
    Deborah Degan
    on Aug 2, 2016

    I've done this on battery operated candles. Just don't cover the battery compartment on the bottom.

  • Debra McMenamin
    Debra McMenamin Essex, MD
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Clever idea and glad you saved some money!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Aug 2, 2016

    What a fabulous idea!

  • Hdaub
    Hdaub Lewiston, NY
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Amazing what a little ingenuity, creativity and patience can produce!

  • Sue
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Very cute!!!

  • Susan Antonelli
    Susan Antonelli Stony Brook, NY
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Ckever and adorable. .so smart

  • Ann Bedard
    Ann Bedard Pomfret, CT
    on Aug 2, 2016

    truly dig this idea, I have a beachy theme going through my home wondering how I could get away with doing something similar with fruit or another item/s. Really cute and not hard, which I really like.

    • Debbie Avila Newton
      Debbie Avila Newton
      on Aug 2, 2016

      You could use sand instead of the spice and stencil on beachy images in aqua or whatever color you choose. I've used sand before on other items, works out pretty good too. Love mixing sand with glue to mold it into what i need (note sand along window bottom) - beach themed bath ;)

  • MARY
    MARY Port Saint Lucie, FL
    on Aug 2, 2016


  • Hilary Itoh
    Hilary Itoh
    on Aug 2, 2016

    So cute!

  • Debbie Avila Newton
    Debbie Avila Newton
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Thank you all for the lovely comments! They were very easy, anyone can do it. Hoping for cooler weather, these triple digits have got to go!

  • Jeanne Morris
    Jeanne Morris Quincy, MA
    on Aug 2, 2016

    BRAVO!! I'm also a Dollar Tree devotee -- (never can go in there w/o finding something i just MUST have that minute)! - so will go p/u some faux fruit - (I know I recently saw some there but was already in line and didn't have time to go back -- today I will)! -- and this w/b my next project -- also noted a reply @ using sand/glue to sculpt -- that idea will DEFINITELY go on my to-do -- (Boy, is THAT list ever getting long)!! And just as a btw, I like YOUR version better -- I love when an item is given a second chance by being repurposed!

  • Marcie Petermann
    Marcie Petermann Hollywood, FL
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Love it. Off to dollar store :)

  • Roberta Shaw
    Roberta Shaw Naugatuck, CT
    on Aug 2, 2016

    I'm starting to feel the need to get my fall decorations going. I would love to see a lot of DIY ideas. I have MS and on a very short budget but I love to keep my hands and brain busy. Love the fruit idea. My favorite fall & winter scent is apples & cinnamon 😊😊

  • Maura White
    Maura White Conesus, NY
    on Aug 2, 2016

    This is super cute and unique - I love it!

  • Marilee H
    Marilee H
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Cute idea!

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