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How to Make Acrylic Fruits

    • 1). Ball up and manipulate pieces of newspaper in the shape of fruit -- an apple, orange and banana, for example. Mind the width, height and shape of actual fruit. Oranges are generally wider than apples, for example, and bananas are narrow and slightly arced.

    • 2). Measure and cut pieces of polyethylene to cover the newspaper shapes. Polyethylene is soft plastic used in water bottles. Glue the pieces together to create a casing around each shape. Use permanent epoxy to secure each casing.

    • 3). Mix 1 cup of flour with 5 cups of water into a pot. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir until no lumps remain. The flour and water combine to make a paper mache mixture.

    • 4). Rip strands of newspaper. Dip the newspaper into the mixture. Press each strand onto the fruit casing with firm pressure. Cover each casing with one layer of newspaper mache. Repeat this process with paper towels to complete a second layer. Paper towels are softer than newspaper and provide a better painting surface. Allow the fruit to dry for 24 hours.

    • 5). Paint each piece of faux-fruit with acrylic paint. Use yellow, green and red paint to color apples. Employ shades of orange for faux-fruit by the same name and shades of yellow, green and brown to tint bananas. Cut and paint 1/4-inch pieces of twine for stems, if you desire. Paint the twine dark brown and adhere to the top of apples, for example, with permanent epoxy. Allow another 24 hours for the fruit to dry before displaying.

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