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Spun Cotton Crafts ~ Sugared Spun Cotton Fruit Ornaments


This is a super simple, yet high impact, project for creating mini vintage-style spun cotton sugared fruit ornaments.

Supplies: Spun Cotton Craft Shapes, Glitter, Dresden Berry Caps, Miniature Leaves, Small Flowers, Craft Paint, Paint Brushes, Scissors, Glue, Wire (20 or 22 gauge - or use the wire stems from leaves)

Step 1: Paint your spun cotton fruit pieces.  Let dry.

Step 2: Separate flowers, leaves and peps into single pieces.  Try pairing different pieces together to decide on preferred looks. 

For apples, pears, peaches. oranges, lemons and limes: Trim stems to about 1" so they will fit in the holes of the spun cotton pieces.

For strawberries: Cut apart a Dresden berry cap, trim a flower stem to about 1".

For cherries: Twist 1" of two leaf stems together just below the leaves then wrap around paint brush handle to make a hanger.  Separate the two ends to allow for the cherries, like the photo to the right below. 

Step 3: Create loop hangers by twisting a small length of wire around the handle of a paint brush.  You can use stems cut from the leaves in the previous step.

Step 4: Glue hangers, leaves and flowers into fruit pieces.  Let dry. 

Step 5: Add glitter by lightly coating with clear-drying craft glue and sprinkling with glitter. Let dry.  We used a very light hand to add snowy glass glitter for a sugared look.

Tips: Use a skewer or pipe cleaner in the hole as a "handle" when painting and drying, too.

We used velvet leaves, but you can also use fabric leaves and add a sparkling of glitter, or create your own leaves from crepe or craft paper.

To paint two-tone fruit: Paint a light color all over, paint a darker color onto part of the lighter color while still wet and blend well for an ombre look.  The glittering will even out the look like in the orange below left.

To create blueberries use two sizes of spun cotton balls.  We used 2 larger and 3 smaller.  To connect the berries, make a cherry stem but bend the two ends into a "N" shape.  Add one berry at each lower point.  To add the last berry, use a small piece of stem wire to attach into the stem of a lower berry and the hole in the last berry.

Paint "seeds" on your strawberries:  For a dimensional look paint small burgundy dashes, let dry, then add yellow dashes on top but slightly to the side so some burgundy still shows.

Paint a small black "X" on the bottoms of the pears, oranges and apples for a realistic look.

Add glitter lightly -- you can always add more later!



1 oz German Glass Glitter in Classic Silver ~ Fine Grit

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Classic Silver ~ Fine Grit

$3.25

12 Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1" Long

12 Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1" Long

$4.95

New!
12 Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1-1/2" Long

12 Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1-1/2" Long

$4.95

12 Mixed Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1" Long

12 Mixed Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1" Long

$4.95

24 Tiniest Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1/2" Long (2 bundles of 12)

24 Tiniest Green Velvet Leaves ~ 1/2" Long (2 bundles of 12)

$3.95

New!
3 Green Small Leaf Twigs ~ 4-1/2" Long

3 Green Small Leaf Twigs ~ 4-1/2" Long

$4.95

New!
Green Fabric Strawberry Leaves ~ 1-1/2" Long

Green Fabric Strawberry Leaves ~ 1-1/2" Long

$4.95

New!
Two-Tone Green Fabric Apple Leaves ~ 1" Long

Two-Tone Green Fabric Apple Leaves ~ 1" Long

$4.95

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Frost White ~ Fine Grit

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Frost White ~ Fine Grit

$3.25

New!
Green Dresden Foil Strawberry Leaves or Greenery ~ 20

Green Dresden Foil Strawberry Leaves or Greenery ~ 20

$4.25

Mixed Fruit Set for Vintage Spun Cotton Ornaments ~ 10 pieces

Mixed Fruit Set for Vintage Spun Cotton Ornaments ~ 10 pieces

$8.95

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Gold ~ Fine Grit

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Gold ~ Fine Grit

$3.25

5 Spun Cotton Fruit Craft Shapes ~ Lemons ~ 1-1/2"

5 Spun Cotton Fruit Craft Shapes ~ Lemons ~ 1-1/2"

$3.95

5 Spun Cotton Fruit Craft Shapes ~Medium Apples ~ 1-1/8"

5 Spun Cotton Fruit Craft Shapes ~Medium Apples ~ 1-1/8"

$3.95

6 Spun Cotton Fruit ~ Cherries or Strawberries ~ 1"

6 Spun Cotton Fruit ~ Cherries or Strawberries ~ 1"

$3.95

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Ruby Red ~ Fine Grit

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Ruby Red ~ Fine Grit

$3.25

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Shell Pink ~ Fine Grit

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Shell Pink ~ Fine Grit

$3.25

Bundle of Petite Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic ~ Yellow

Bundle of Petite Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic ~ Yellow

$5.95

Bundle of Petite White Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic

Bundle of Petite White Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic

$5.95

Mixed Bundle of Petite Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic ~ Green and White

Mixed Bundle of Petite Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic ~ Green and White

$5.95

Mixed Bundle of Petite Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic ~ Purple, Yellow, Pink and White

Mixed Bundle of Petite Velvet Forget me Nots ~ Czech Republic ~ Purple, Yellow, Pink and White

$5.95

5 Spun Cotton Fruit Craft Shapes ~ Pears ~ 1-1/2"

5 Spun Cotton Fruit Craft Shapes ~ Pears ~ 1-1/2"

$3.95

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Ocean Blue ~ Fine Grit

1 oz German Glass Glitter in Ocean Blue ~ Fine Grit

$3.25

Sparkling Light Pink Berry Peps Czech Stamen

Sparkling Light Pink Berry Peps Czech Stamen

$4.95

Sparkling Yellow Berry Peps Czech Stamen

Sparkling Yellow Berry Peps Czech Stamen

$4.95

8 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 5/8" ~ 16mm

8 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 5/8" ~ 16mm

$2.95

8 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 3/4" ~19mm

8 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 3/4" ~19mm

$2.95

6 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 1" ~ 24mm

6 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 1" ~ 24mm

$2.95

4 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 1-1/4" ~ 31mm

4 Round Spun Cotton Balls ~ 1-1/4" ~ 31mm

$2.95

2 Large Round Spun Cotton Balls 1-1/2" ~ Czech Republic

2 Large Round Spun Cotton Balls 1-1/2" ~ Czech Republic

$2.95

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