Celebrate Autumn with this simple DIY apple bunting! This project features apple printing on old book pages as a fun fall decoration.
Updated August 2021
This apple bunting is the perfect Autumn craft to try with your children! They will LOVE the apple printing aspect of it, and you will end up with a beautiful fall garland to decorate your home with!
And we just love the interesting contrast between the red apple prints and the black-and-white text from the pages of an old book.
How To Make an Apple Bunting
- Apple, sliced in half vertically
- Old chapter book (or any paper will do)
- X-Acto knife (or scissors)
- Self healing mat (or piece of cardboard)
- Red printing ink (red acrylic or tempera paint will work, too)
- Mini trim roller
- Plate for rolling the ink on (we use an acrylic box frame for our printing projects)
- Green marker
- Glue Dots (or other glue)
- Hemp cord (or twine, ribbon, yarn etc.)
Note: There are lots of alternatives in parentheses, aren’t there? We hope it’s helpful to see that there are options when creating a project like this. We are big fans of using what you have and don’t want you to feel that you have to buy everything new every time you try one of our projects. If you want to use red paint instead of printers ink, go for it! If you don’t have glue dots, then use a hot glue gun or Elmer’s glue.
You can take this idea and adapt it to your own materials and aesthetic.
- Cut triangles
Cut the book pages into triangles, using the self healing mat or cardboard to protect your work surface.
You can use a piece of cardboard cut into a triangle as a template but you can also just eyeball it or use a ruler.
If you don’t have a book that has been loved to pieces (as with Harry Potter above), you can find an old book at a yard sale or thrift store.
- Add paint to apple
Squeeze some red ink or paint onto the plate and roll it around until the mini paint roller is coated with it.
Use the roller to coat an apple half with ink.
- Stamp the apple
Press the apple, ink side down, onto one of the triangular book pages.
- See your print!
Lift up the apple to reveal your apple print!
Repeat to make as many apple prints as desired. Let the prints dry completely.
- Draw a stem and leaf
Use a green marker to draw a stem and leaf on each of your apples. You can even draw apple seeds inside the hollow if you like.
- Create your bunting!
Cut a length of hemp cord, or ribbon or yarn.
Then, add a drop of glue or glue dots to the top corners of the page, and stretch your cord or twine between them and press down to stick. Continue with the rest of the apple prints you want to add to your bunting.
- Hang and admire!
This bunting will look so lovely wherever you decide to hang it!
There you have it! So easy and a great way to decorate your house for Autumn with the apple prints you were probably going to do anyway this fall, right?
Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies
Download our FREE printable idea list of 30 autumn activities for kids & families! Or check out the blog post with the links. So many fun ideas for fall!
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