This craft was inspired by something I saw on Daily Candy Kids and a big bowl of fruit sitting in our kitchen. I call this craft FRUITASTIC FRUIT STAMPS. To make this project more fun I had my good friend, Grace, come over and help me. Grace is artistic, funny, and nice and we had a great time making art stamps from real fruit. Make sure you check out the HOW-TO VIDEO we made, too!
Here are some directions that we put together:
1. First, you will need some FRUIT. Okra, pears, apples, celery and pomegranates are what we used. Ask an adult to cut the fruit in half.
2. You will also need washable TEMPERA PAINT, some small PAINT BRUSHES or a sponge to apply paint. (You can use acrylic paints and non-washable paint but it may get messier). Pour about a 1/4 cup of each color you want to use into a paper plate.
3. You will need PAPER or blank greeting cards to stamp on. We re-used the paper inserts that came in our Ikea frames.
4. Dip the halved fruit into the desired paint color. You want to make sure there is a good even amount of paint of the fruit. You do not want it to be too gloppy!
5. Stamp a piece of paper or a greeting card with the fruit stamp you just coated in paint. Press down firmly and leave it for about five seconds, then carefully lift up your fruit. Voila! You should have a beautiful piece of art.
6. If you want to add seeds or stems or leaves to your piece of art, just dip a thin paint brush into some brown, green or black paint and make dots where seeds should be or paint your leaves or stems on. You can see how Grace & I do this on our HOW TO VIDEO.
7. Once the paint has dried you can frame it, hang it or send to a friend.
Here is how ours turned out:
Next time we are going to show you how to make t-shirts, lunch bags and totes using fruit stamps. If you want to make sure you do not miss this craft, then JOIN and sign up for our free weekly newsletter with fun cooking, crafts, reading and exploration projects for you. And, if you end up making this project we would love it if you shared a photo of it on our Facebook page.