Mini Fruit Piñata: How-To

Designer: Alexis Middleton

These miniature watermelon, pineapple, and strawberry piñata ornaments are actually foam balls covered with crepe paper.


Materials:

  • Foam balls: 1″-, 2″-, 3″-, and 4″-diameter (such as FloraCraft)
  • Foam tools: cutter, shaper (such as FloraCraft)
  • Crepe paper streamers: light pink, light green, dark green, yellow, dark pink
  • Fringe scissors (optional)
  • Styrofoam glue or decoupage medium
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Cardstock: black, white
  • FloraCraft Foam Connectors with Eyelet Screws
  • String

Note: To make crepe paper fringe, cut an arm’s-length piece from crepe paper. Fold in half crosswise, then in half crosswise again. Cut the folded crepe paper in half lengthwise to make two strips. Fringe with regular scissors or fringe scissors. Screw eyelets through the top of each fruit, and hang with string.


HOW TO MAKE A WATERMELON:

1. Cut a 4″-diameter foam ball in half using foam cutter. Cut each piece in half to make four wedges.

2. Cut a piece of fringed crepe paper that is slightly longer than the area you want to cover. Brush glue onto unfringed portion of crepe paper; then press onto foam wedge in overlapping rows. Use light pink paper on cut wedge edges, and alternate two dark and one light green crepe paper on the rounded portion.

3. Trim excess crepe paper from edges as needed. Cut six seeds from black cardstock. Glue onto the watermelon slice.


HOW TO MAKE A PINEAPPLE:

1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 3″-diameter foam ball into a cylindrical shape.

4. Cut several 4″-long leaves from light green and dark green crepe paper. Glue the leaves around the small foam ball.


HOW TO MAKE A STRAWBERRY:

1. Use the shaper tool to file the sides of a 2″-diameter foam ball into a rounded point.

2. Wrap dark pink fringed paper around the rounded pointed end of the foam shape. Keep adding rows while working your way to the top of the strawberry.

3. Cut three 2″-long teardrop shapes from dark green crepe paper, and cut notches out of the sides to make strawberry leaves. Glue the leaves to the top of the strawberry.

4. Cut 10 tiny teardrop-shape seeds from white cardstock; glue seeds to strawberry.

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