Tuesday, July 20, 2021

DIY Faux Blackberries Fun Accent Piece

Welcome to July's Pinterest Challenge hosted by Alexandra @EyeLoveKnots. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to actually make something that we have pinned! This month's challenge topic is Tutti Futti - a fruit themed challenge!

What is it about having fruit on display that makes a home extra special? I think we are just naturally drawn to fruit - whether real or fake! It's a fun accent piece! They can look very real if artificial! Also, displaying fruit can add a special vibe to everyday decor. It gives off a wonderful feeling - and sometimes a fresh from the garden look - just perfect in arrangements or baskets! 

I'm particularly drawn to any fruit with a hint of purple! Lol! There are so many to choose from, but in terms of creating something handmade, blackberries are at the top of my list for being easy to make with it's deep purple and black hues! 

I was inspired by this pin showing a picture of blackberries that were obviously handmade in clay (I think) - and actually looked rather cool. But the photo went absolutely nowhere as far as I could tell. No tutorial or explanation. Or maybe it did but the site was foreign and I didn't understand any of it. Never the less, I was intrigued to make a few blackberries of my own - so let's begin!

Materials Used:
Acrylic Paints/Brush
Toilet Paper Sheets
Hot Glue
Gloss Mod Podge
Leaf Pattern (online)
Floral Tape

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First thing, pour some of the foam beads (Dollar Tree) into a bowl. Be careful as they can get away - like floating in air! Next take a sheet of toilet paper and fold in half, then tear it on the fold .  .  . 

folding the half sheet twice. Next, add hot glue just before the end edge and place the tip of a stem wire on top.
Roll the toilet paper with stem wire, adding glue along the way. 
Seal the end of the rolled toilet paper with more glue. 

Then add glue all over the top, sides and bottom of the roll and insert into the bowl of foam beads.

While the roll stem is in the foam beads, squeeze roll to shape beads around the toilet paper to shape into a blackberry. Be careful, it's HOT!

Add additional foam beads, if needed. Or remove any beads out of place while the glue is still warm.

Make additional blackberries using the same method.

Once the foam and glue cooled off - time to paint the blackberries! I mixed a couple of drops of black paint to a very dark purple acrylic to mimic the color of blackberries. 
And painted each blackberry .  .  .
and let dry.
Once the berries were dry applied gloss Mod Podge to seal. 
To make the sepal to go on the bottom of each blackberry,  Fold a small squaresheet (2"x2") of crepe paper in half  to form a rectangle with the fold at the top and the open end at the bottom. Then fold each side corner down towards the center to form a triangle. 
And take the left corner and fold it over so it meets the right corner creating a smaller triangle. 

Use scissors to cut out a small piece diagonally and down across to the left edge. 

Unfold and pierce center with end of stem wire, pushing sepal up to bottom of blackberry.

Next, stretch out and smooth down crepe paper to cut out leaf patterns. Use iron tip to imprint leaf lines. Sorry, no picture available.
Coat edges of stem wire with fabric glue to secure to leaves.
Use floral tape to wrap around stem wires .  .  . 
and to attach blackberries.

Cute, real-like blackberries - super chic with a fresh look

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  1. You are so creative! How adorable. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. WOW! These are amazing!


  3. You are so clever - I would never have guess how there were made! They are adorable, well done!!

  4. Oh my goodness; I am blown away by your faux blackberries! Pinned.

  5. These are entirely too cute. They look real enough to eat!

  6. Your blackberries look so real ~ they turned out great! I've never noticed those little foam beads at the Dollar Tree, and I certainly wouldn't have seen blackberries Lol. You're very clever!

  7. Your blackberries turned out cute!

  8. They look so real - very clever! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.


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