Burlap Apples


Project Steps:

1-4) Use craft knife to cut approximately 2" circle, then add 4 cuts inside. Remove foam from top of ball. Use craft knife to carefully trim/scrape away around edges of removed portion to create curve of top of apple. Use craft knife to cut approximately 1" circle from bottom of ball, remove foam.

5-8) Use craft knife to create 4 small arcs/curves around hole on bottom of ball (like the arcs on the bottom of a real apple). Carefully use end of scissor to create hole inside top and bottom openings on ball (you will tuck burlap ends into these holes). Cut 5 petal shaped pieces from red burlap, approximately 5" x 2" in the center (I used my cutting mat as a guide for sizing each petal). Add small amount of hot glue to one end of first petal, tuck into hole on top of apple.

9-13) Bring bottom of petal to base of apple, add small amount of glue and tuck into hole at bottom of apple. Add small amount of hot glue on each side and adhere to foam ball. Add small amount of glue to second petal, tuck into top of foam ball, slightly overlapping first piece of burlap. Turn apple over, add small amount of hot glue to sides of petal, and mount to foam ball overlapping first piece of burlap. Add small amount of hot glue to bottom point and tuck into bottom of apple. Repeat with remaining petals until Smoothfoam™ ball is completely covered and your apple is ready for the stem & leaf.

14-18) Cut 3" piece of frayed edge burlap ribbon. Tightly roll and use small amount of hot glue to adhere to create stem. Use hot glue to mount stem into hole at top of apple. From plain burlap, cut leaf shapes. Paint both sides with Apple Green multi-surface paint and let dry. Use hot glue to mount leaves to stems on top of apples.

To create the display bowl - I upcycled! I used a clean chipboard potato stick can (and sadly, I had to eat the rest of the potato sticks in order to empty the can - it was a hard sacrifice but worth it for the finished project), but any sized can would work depending on how big you want your finished display bowl to be.

19-20) Use Westcott® Titanium Bonded® scissors (I love these scissors! They are STRONG enough to cut through almost anything!) to remove top of can and leave 3" sides from base of can. Use hot glue to mount burlap ribbon around can (it will extend about 1/2" off the top edge of the can). Add Spanish moss.


Additional Products Not Listed:

Frayed Edge 1" Burlap Ribbon, 3 1/2" Burlap Ribbon (Black Stripe - Top & Bottom), Smoothfoam™ balls - 3 7/8", DecoArt® Americana Multi-Surface Craft Paint - Apple Green, Spanish Moss, Real Apple for Reference... and mid-project snack!

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347524 Picture of Abaca Burlap 4"X10yd-Red Abaca Burlap 4"X10yd-Red $6.49 $6.49
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Cindi Bisson
  • Cindi Bisson
  • Cindi’s wearable art, home-decor, paper crafts and upcycled projects have been featured in books and magazines, at events and trade shows and online in craft TV programs. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn. An experienced media spokesperson, educator, project and product designer and more, Cindi’s style is diverse and ever-evolving. If you are looking for an artist who “dares to be different,” you’ll find her BEHIND THESE EYES™.

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  • Abaca Burlap 4"X10yd-Red
  • Abaca Burlap 2"X10yd-Natural
  • X-Acto Craft Knife #1-
  • Cutup Self-Healing Mat-18"X24"
  • Martha Stewart Heavy-Duty Titanium Scissors 8"-
  • Crafter Gift Pack-White
  • Fabric Paintbrushes 5/Pkg-Assorted Tips