Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Apple Painting

If you've been apple picking this fall, you probably have more apples than you know what to do with (unless you are a really good baker and can make super good apple pie or your own apple sauce).  Let's turn those apples into some super fun crafts like apple painting!
My daughter and her friend had a ton of fun painting with apples and there are a few different ways you can do it.  Any way you decide, you'll need:

  • Apples
  • Paper
  • Paints
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towels
  • A small towel
  • Small cookie cutters (optional)
  • Gummy worms (optional)
  • Leaves (optional)
Step 1)  Cut your apples in half.  If you cut the apples vertically, they will come out looking like an apple.  If you cut the apples horizontally,  They will come out looking round but with a star in the middle.  Take the seeds out and set them aside for later.

Optional step:  Use cookie cutters to press shapes into the apples.  (See the green apple above)  You won't be able to cut out the shapes, but they will leave lines in your painting.  Remember to press your letters into the apples backward.  I learned the hard way when my "S" was backward on the finished painting!

Step 2)  Use a paper towel to dry off the cut edge of the apple.

Step 3)  Place your painting paper on a towel.  We all know that you won't be able to cut the apple perfectly straight so the towel gives you some padding to be able to press every bit of the apple onto the paper.  Make sense?

Step 4)  Have your kids paint the apples.  They can paint the entire apple like the green and red one on the right above, or they can paint just the edges like the red one on the left above.

Step 5)  Press the apple onto the paper.  Remember to press all over the apple to get every part stamped on the paper.
Step 6)  Spear an apple seed with a tooth pick then dip it in paint and stamp it on your paper in the middle of your apple.  Use another tooth pick dipped in paint to make the stem of the apple.

Optional steps:  Use gummy worms dipped in paint to make a worm coming out of your apple.

Use real leaves that you've painted to stamp leaves onto your apples.

Sit back and admire your beautiful work!  
Have you ever painted with apples with your kids?

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