Inside: Just in time for fall, kids of all ages will love this easy paper strip apple craft. This simple craft includes a free printable template, making it perfect for home or school.
Tonight at dinner I sighed, “Watermelon season is almost over.”
“But Mommy,” my oldest son started, “when watermelon season is over, that means it’s apple season. You like apples, don’t you?”
“I do. I do like apples. But I really, really love watermelon.”
“Speaking of apples,” my husband interrupted, “we need to find a new apple farm.”
Easy Paper Strip Apple Craft for Kids
You see, 1 month ago we moved to a new city. And if you’ve ever moved before, you know exactly what we are going through. Getting the kids adjusted to their new school…unpacking (ugh)…and trying to find our new favorite places.
So until we find our new favorite apple farm, we will keep a bowl of these colorful paper strip apples on the table. Not quite edible, but oh, so darling!
To Make This Craft You Will Need
- paper strip apple template
- red, yellow, dark green, and light green computer paper (we prefer cardstock)
- single hole punch
- 2 brass fasteners/apple
1. Download and print the paper strip apple template. We printed the templates on colored cardstock, but you can also print them on white paper and invite kids to color in their apples and leaves with crayons or markers.
2. Next, cut out the templates. We used 6 rectangular strips and 1 leaf/apple. If you want your apple to have more solid coverage, simply use more paper strips.
Tip: When you are printing this template, be sure to have “actual size” checked in your printer menu.
3. Invite kids to punch a hole on both ends of the paper strips with the single hole punch. They should also punch 1 hole at the end of every leaf.
4. Stack 6 paper strips with the ink side facing down. Push a brass fastener through each end, being sure to add a leaf to one side. Secure the fasteners.
5. Gently bend the stack of papers and separate each strip to form a sphere.
6. Carefully tug the paper strips until you are satisfied with their appearance.
Aren’t they pretty?
My kids made apple after apple. They filled up an entire bowl and it looks lovely resting on our kitchen table.
This craft would also make an adorable ornament. Simply wrap a piece of twine around the brass fastener and hang the apple on a hook or your Christmas tree.
Just for fun, do you prefer watermelon or apples? Let me know in the comments!
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