Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIY Fruit tissue honeycomb balls for Cinco de Mayo


First thing, if you're reading this and you're in America and it's May 2nd at 9:15EST (or 10:15) turn it to NBC and watch yours truly vying to win the title of Best Hat on the Today Show Kentucky Derby contest. I guarantee an embarrassing flub with Al Roker.

Do you remember my fruit balloons? Well, I was at the darling shop Harmony on Center Street, Provo the other day (where I'm teaching a paper flower workshop on Saturday, May 11th. Sign up here), and I was eyeing the honeycomb tissue hearts hanging up and all of a sudden it struck me: those hearts are strawberries! So, I had to turn them all into fruits. Rachel from Darlybird was kind enough to provide the tissue balls and hearts. She's got a great assortment of colors and shapes and they're at such a great price. Wouldn't these be great fun for a spring event? Event or not, they'll be in my studio permanently starting now. 

I won't do extensive directions with these because you can probably catch the drift, but I'll give a few pointers.

To make the strawberry heart


Materials: honeycomb tissue paper balls and hearts (I got mine from Darlybird, which is cheap and has a great assortment), glue gun, crepe paper for the leaves in different shades (I'd try Paper Mart for cheap and heavy crepe paper), scissors

Step 1: Cut out 5 or 6 long leaves with the crepe paper grain going vertically.
Step 2: Gold it in the center vertically to provide a bit of shape to the leaves.
Step 3: Glue gun them into the crevices of the heart.
Step 4: With a longer piece of crepe paper (about 1 foot by 4" wide) roll it to form a cylinder. Make sure it's tight so that it holds its shape.
Step 5: Glue the "stem" into the center of the tissue heart.
Done!

Other fruits to try: orange, lemon, lime, blueberry, grapes in small bunches of purples or greens that are tied together. Adjust the size of the leaf according to each fruit. For the grapes I made more of a grape leaf shape like this


photography by Sheena Bates
Thank you MLBE for your house! 

15 comments:

Pinja said...

Love them! Such a great decoration for a summer party! I really want to make one big strawberry for sure! Thanks for inspiration :)

la domestique said...

This is such a clever idea! Just looking at the fruits makes me smile.

Ally Ebdon said...

I love the strawberry so much! These would look so pretty hanging in trees for the summer time. that is totally getting added to list of decorations for imaginary parties I'm hosting.

Min said...

Love this quick craft. Also, congratulations on your big win today. It was fun to see you on TV.

Brittni said...

Coolest Cinco de Mayo DIY ever! Love it Brittany.

brownwilliamart said...

Love these! Saw you WIN on the Today show! Excellent !!!

burntfeather said...

Ahh I'm in love with these, so bright and happy :)

marla said...

These are the HAPPIEST fruits ever!!

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What a great work! i really appreciate all what you share with us.continue your way.

Dawn - Not Just A Mommy said...

As Rachel Zoe would say, those are BA-NANAS. These are fabulous!

engquist said...

I admit, I read as far as "Center Street in Provo" and started daydreaming of sweet potato fries at Guru's. It's embarrassing how often I ate them when I lived there! Now I have to go back and figure out how to make the cute fruit (:

Charlotte Rigby said...

These are awesome, great for summer!!

Anonymous said...

Hai, this looks fantastic

Anonymous said...

Oh.. I thought from scratch. Kinda disappointing.

daisy robinson said...

i got some cheap red ball honeycombs that i didnt use at christmas,i feel a tomato incident coming up ! p.s this is the nicest ,prettiest blog ive stumbled across in a long time.daisyx