I was over at Good Morning, Connecticut again on Sunday and I shared some fun ideas for apple-inspired crafts! I promised a full step-by-step today so here ya go! (Oh, first say hi to Sam and Jim. Hi, guys!)
1. Jar Apples
I love this one because it’s a fun and easy way to reuse old jars. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, folks. For mine, I grabbed some mini-mason jars because they’re adorable but anything will work.
Pick up some simple $1 craft paint and a foam brush and give the jar a couple of coats of paint. For the lid, I used chalk paint but spray paint would work also.
Find some green craft paper that you like, cut out a leaf and a stem aaaaaand, glue it on. You’ve just made an apple jar. Go fill it with peanut M&Ms and enjoy!
2. Origami Apples
When I stumbled across the idea of origami apples on Pinterest, I loved the idea of a quick and simple project to brighten up a desk or table. (My friend, ChiWei used origami to make a killer back to school teacher gift!)
The folding for this are basic so this would also be great activity for kids (with some help here and there).
I used the same craft paper leaf/ stem combo, but a curled pipe cleaner could look sweet!
3. Apple Prints
When the Smith family goes apple picking, we’re looooooong on apples. And I can only eat so much applesauce. These apple prints are so easy and depending on what color paint you use, they can work year-round for wrapping paper, etc!
Cut your apple either length or width wise. Squirt a tiny bit of craft paint onto a small plate and gently dip your apple. You don’t want too much paint so you might need to blot out the excess on a paper towel. Firmly press your apple onto the paper (I used my favorite Costco roll) and repeat.
4. Apple Votive
The idea of this craft can be applied to just about any firm fruit or gourd! Use a drill (or a SHARP utility knife) and cut out enough room to pop a votive candle in. I found a few artificial apples at Goodwill so used those so I could make these a few days ahead of time!
5. Academic Apple Activities
I ran out of time on air so didn’t get around to sharing all of these more academic ideas, but these are a nice way to add some simple math or number skills into your apple picking spoils!
- sort your apples
- make a bar graph
- count the seeds in your apples using tally marks
- count and then add the seeds from two apples
- cut your apple up into various fractions
Crafts and math and apples, what more could you ask for?! Tune in next month when I’ll be back at Good Morning, Connecticut sharing some Halloween crafts!
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