Spring has officially taken hold in New York, and we couldn't be happier. We're ready for farm fresh fruit, featherweight dresses and walking the long way home. The office needed some summer vibes so we made these precious paper peaches. The process takes a bit of time, but you probably already have all the materials at home.
- - tissue paper, two sheets of peach & a scrap of dark green
- - craft glue
- - paint brush
- - scissors
- - craft dish
- - balloons
- - string
- - found twig
- - small scrap of green crepe paper
Step 1. Blow up your balloons to the desired size of your fruit and tie off the ends. Find a method to hang the balloons over your work space, this could be a large open box, or a line of string anchored between two walls of a corner. Knot a piece of string around the end of the balloons and hang them with a few inches between.
Step 2. Fold the peach tissue in half lengthwise a couple times and then tear 1" strips. Tear each strip on the folds until you have a decent size pile of torn 1" x 2" rectangles.
Step 3. Pour some glue into a dish and add a few drops of water to thin out the glue. Mix it with your paint brush.
Step 4. Apply a thin layer of glue onto a strip of tissue. Lay the tissue across the bottom of a balloon. Repeat and make an X on the bottom of the balloon.
Step 5. Start applying the tissue horizontally to create overlapping rings of tissue around the balloon. Occasionally paint a thin layer of glue over the tissue wrapped balloon.
Step 6. Repeat step 5 all the way up the balloon until the entire surface is covered. Then move onto the other balloons. When the first layer is mostly dry you can repeat steps 4-6 to create a second coat of tissue. We suggest at least 3-5 layers.
Step 7. Allow the balloons to dry for at least 12 hours. When completely dry, puncture the balloons with a sewing needle or scissor edge. The balloons will very slowly peel off the inside of your tissue.
Step 8. Shape the sphere into a peach shape by inverting the opening with gentle pressure.
For the Branch and Leaf:
Step 1. Fold a piece of crepe paper in half against the grain. Cut a leaf and stem shape with scissors making sure to keep the folded end in tact. Gently stretch the paper out and create organic curls at the tips of the leaves. Tightly twist the center creating a thin thread connecting the leaves.
Step 2. Cut a thin strip of dark green tissue. Cut your twig into small 3" stem like sections. Apply a drop of glue on the end of a stem and wrap 3/4 of the way down with the green tissue. Wrap a leaf piece around the stem and then cover it with tissue by wrapping over it.
Step 3. Insert the stem into the fruit, add a drop of glue on the inside if necessary.
Now you have the cutest fake fruit to brighten up your kitchen table, add to a summer wreath, or add to a garland! Try a few other kinds using the same technique - like apples, plums and oranges!